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Faculty and Staff

Department Head 

Dr. Janet Bavonese (2011). B.S., St. Thomas University; M.S., NOVA Southeastern University; M.S., Jacksonville State University; Ed.D., University of Alabama at Tuscaloosa.

Department Head, Curriculum and Instruction 

Project Manager, On to JSU Program

Director, Center for Autism Studies 

Assistant Professor Elementary and Reading Education

Departmental Secretary

Mark du Pont
(2014) B.A., Jacksonville State University, 256-782-5091

The hyperlinks will take you to each professor's page and provide you with current teaching load, office hours, and contact information.

Departmental Faculty

Dr. Michael Alvidrez (2015) BSE, Arizona State University; MSE and Ph.D., New Mexico State University
Assistant Professor of Early Childhood/Elementary Education

Dr. Larry Beard (1999) B.A., B.S., M. A., Ed.S., and Ed.D., University of Alabama at Tuscaloosa
Professor of Special Education

Mrs. Christie Calhoun (2013) Ed.S., M.S., B.S., Jacksonville State University
Assistant Professor of Elementary Education

Dr. Cynthia Connor (2012) B.S., Mercer University; M.A., Teachers College; Ph.D., University of Virginia

Co-Director, Transition University

Assistant Project Manager On to JSU Program

Assistant Professor of Special Education

Dr. Beth Engley (1985) B.S., Hood College; M.Ed. and Ph.D., University of Missouri-Columbia
Professor of Early Childhood Education

Mrs. Valerie Wheat (2012) B.S. Ed., M.S. Ed., Jacksonville State University

Assistant Director, Center for Autism Studies 

Autism Conference, Chair 

Instructor of Special Education

Dr. Teresa Gardner (2005) B.S., M.S. Ed. and Ed. S. Jacksonville State University; Ph.D., University of Alabama at Tuscaloosa
Associate Professor of Special Education

Dr. Kyoko Johns (2010) B.S., Jacksonville State University; M.A. and Ph.D., University of Alabama at Tuscaloosa
Assistant Professor of Elementary Education

Mrs. Lynetta Owens (1994) B.S., Talladega College; M.A., University of Alabama at Tuscaloosa; Ed. S. Jacksonville State University

Co-Director, Transition University 

Assistant Project Manager, On to JSU

Instructor of Special Education

Dr. Melinda Staubs (2007) B.S., University of of Tulsa; M.S., Ed.S., and Ed.D., University of Alabama at Tuscaloosa
Assistant Professor of Elementary Education

Dr. Gena Thornburg (2001) B.S., Auburn University; M.A. and Ph.D., University of Alabama at Tuscaloosa
Associate Professor of Elementary Education

Dr. Jennifer Troncale (2011). B.S., M.A., Ed.S., and Ph.D., University of Alabama at Tuscaloosa
Assistant Professor of Elementary Education

Dr. Christi Trucks (2015) BSE, University of Alabama at Tuscaloosa; MSE, University of Alabama at Birmingham; Ph.D., University of Alabama at Tuscaloosa
Assistant Professor of Early Childhood/Elementary Education

Mrs. Aimee Weathers (2015) BSE, University of West Alabama at Livingston; MSE, Jacksonville State University
Instructor of Early Childhood/Elementary Education

Adjunct Faculty

Dr. Celia Hilber, Early Childhood/Elementary Education

Dr. Nina King, Early Childhood/Elementary Education

Mrs. Sherri Jones, Early Childhood/Elementary Education

Mrs. Debbie Clonts, Early Childhood/Elementary Education/Collaborative Special Education

Mrs. Pamela Yother, Collaborative Special Education

Mrs. Carol McGinnis, Early Childhood/Elementary Education 

Mrs. Martha O'Dell, Collaborative Special Education

Mrs. Kimberly Pennisi, Collaborative Special Education

Mrs. Kay Adams, Collaborative Special Education 

Mrs. Phyllis Taylor, Early Childhood/Elementary Education

Mrs. Kimberly Oliver, Early Childhood/Elementary Education

Mrs. Cathy Rutledge, Early Childhood/Elementary Education

Mrs. Susan Copeland, Early Childhood/Elementary Education

Mrs. Janice Gunter, Early Childhood/Elementary Education

Mrs. Ellen Canon, Early Childhood/Elementary Education 

Mrs. Deidra Foote, Early Childhood/Elementary Education

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