Education


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Education

May 2007,  University of Arizona, PhD, Teaching and Teacher Education
Minor in TTE (Educational Change)

Dissertation: The Ecology of Educational Change: An Australian primary school’s endeavor to integrate concept-based, experiential environmental learning throughout core curriculum.

Advisors: Dr. Bruce Johnson and Dr. Walter Doyle

July 2003, University of Arizona,Master of Arts in Teaching and Teacher Education, Environmental Learning emphasis

Advisor: Dr. Bruce Johnson

December 1995, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Bachelor of Science in Secondary Education (English, Speech, & Drama)

Academic Honors: Golden Key Honor Society & Pi Lambda Theta

August. 1990- May, 1992, Graceland University Major: Publications Design Minor: English

Professional Certification

December 1995 Nebraska Teaching Certificate, English (7-12) Speech/Drama (7-12)

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University Experience

University of New Mexico
August,2007- July, 2010, Assistant Professor, Teacher Education

University of Arizona

June 2002- May 2007, Instructor/Graduate Teaching Associate, Teaching and Teacher Education (Elementary and Secondary Education)

January, 2006- May, 2006, Student Teaching Supervisor (Elementary Education)

August, 2003- May, 2004, Research Coordinator, Earth Education Research and Evaluation Team

June,2002- August, 2002, Graduate Research Assistant/Dr. Bruce Johnson, Teaching and Teacher Education

January, 2002- May,200d, Graduate Teaching Assistant/Dr. Kevin Vinson, Teaching and Teacher Education

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August 2001- May 2002, Graduate Research Assistant/Dr. Bruce Johnson,Teaching and Teacher Education/ University of Arizona

Classroom Experience

April,2001- August, 2001, Interim Director of Childcare, Kendis Childcare/ Handmaker Services, Tucson, AZ

March,2001- April, 2001, Curriculum Developer, Kendis Childcare, Handmaker Services, Tucson, AZ

August, 1999- May, 200, Certified Classroom Teacher, Language Arts, Grade 7, Martin Luther King Jr. Science Center, Omaha, NE

January- May 1999, Substitute Teacher, Omaha Public and Millard Public School Districts, Omaha, NE

August 1996- May 1998, Certified Classroom Teacher, English, Speech, and Drama, Grades8-12,Yutan Public Schools, Yutan, NE

January,1996-February,1996, Intramural Speech Sponsor, Lincoln Public Schools, Lincoln, NE

January, 1996-June, 1996, Substitute Teacher, Lincoln Public Schools, Lincoln, NE

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Informal Teaching Experience

May 2008- Present, Instructional Coach (University, Secondary, Informal Education), Private consulting

January, 2010- Present, Student success advocate (Secondary and University), Private Consulting

January 2009- Present, Research, recovery, and support for environmental illness and chronic fatigue syndrome

 

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October, 2005, March, 2004, & October, 2001, Environmental Educator,  Earthkeepers, Institute for Earth Education program, Grades 4&5, Tucson, AZ

August, 2001- May, 2002, Intern for Educational Programs Department, Elemenary grades, Arizona Sonora Desert Museum, Tucson, AZ

June- August, 1999, Nature Discovery Camp Instructor (Pre K-grade 6), Fontenelle Forest Association, Bellevue, NE

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Professional Development Training

August 1996, Boys Town Education Model : 25 hrs. of training on “The Well Managed Classroom”

January-March 1997, Cooperative Learning: 20 hrs. of professional development training on Spencer Kagan’s cooperative learning model

April 2002, Institute of Desert Ecology: 3-day, outdoor training session on ecology of the Sonora dessert hosted by Tucson Audubon Society, Arizona State Parks Board, and the University of Arizona Extended University

March 2006, Integrating Drama Through Primary Curriculum: Workshop on enhancing k-6 curriculum with elements of dramatic arts hosted by Sydney Opera House “House Arts” program, Sydney, Australia

June 2008, Boys Town Education Model: The Well Managed Classroom

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Research Scholarship

Conference Paper Presentations (refereed)

International

Carson, J. (2004, July). Attempting environmental education reform: Initiation and

implementation of programmatic, outdoor environmental learning into public

school curriculum. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the International

Outdoor Education Research Conference, Bendigo, Victoria, Australia.


Johnson, B., Carson, J., Richter, Pierpaolo, R., & Wohlers, Lars. (2004, July). Connecting

outdoor learning experiences to our schools & our homes: an international study of

teachers’ understandings of energy in ecological systems and in our lives. Paper presented

at the 2004 annual meeting of the International Outdoor Education Research Conference

Bendigo, Victoria, Australia.

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National

Carson, J. (2005, April). Connections and disconnections: Vital intersections between school

culture and change processes. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the

American Education Research Association, Montreal, Quebec, Canada.


Carson, J. (2004, April). Creating and Maintaining a Culture of Change: An Australian

primary school’s journey beyond the status quo. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the

American Educational Research Association, San Diego, CA.


Carson, J. (2003, April). A bold response to the need for environmental education: An

Australian primary school’s endeavor to create a comprehensive, integrated environmental

education program. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Educational

Research Association, Chicago, IL.


Johnson, B., Carson, J., Kilbane, J., Martin, D., & Wohlers, L. (2002, January). Teachers’

understanding of ecological concepts. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the

Association for the Education of Teachers in Science, Charlotte, NC.

Johnson, B., Carson, J., Kilbane, J., Martin, D., & Wohlers, L. (2002, April). Teachers’

understandings of ecological concepts. Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the

American Educational Research Association, New Orleans, LA.

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State

Carson, J. (2003, October). Attempting environmental education reform: An Australian

primary school’s endeavor to integrate programmatic environmental learning into core

curriculum. Poster session presented at the 2003 annual meeting of the Arizona Educational

Research Organization, Tempe, AZ.

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Invited Presentation

Invited plenary panelist at the 2004 annual meeting of the International, Outdoor Education Research Conference, Bendigo, Victoria, Australia.

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Service

University of New Mexico (see bottom of “About Dr. Carson” page for downloadable pdf of my C.V. Look for “To learn more about Dr. Carson…)

University of Arizona

January 2003- 2007, Department of Teaching and Teacher Education Graduate Student present Committee

December 2005, Student representative, Usher, Assistant to Event Coordinator, College of Education Commencement Ceremony

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August-December, 2005,  Initial Teacher Preparation Committee/Department

of Teaching and Teacher Education

August, 2003- May, 2007, Department of Teaching and Teacher Education


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Tucson, AZ Community

March, 2001, Kendis Child Care, Tucson, AZ

Volunteered as educational consultant
Offered guidance with curricular development
Observed teachers and gave feedback and suggestions for improvement of pedagogical strategies

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October, 2001, Earthkeepers earth education program

for Van Buskirk Elementary School, Tucson, AZ

Voluntarily assisted with environmental learning activities during three-day immersion experience at the 4th and 5th grade level.
Created props for learning activities
Planned and instructed mini-lessons designed to teach environmental concepts to teachers working with Earthkeepers

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Weeping Water, NE, Community

March, 1996, Cass county 4-H Speech Contest, Weeping Water, NE

Judged Speech Contest
Gave written feedback to contestants
Offered closing comments and suggestions for future contests

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Various Communities

1987-present Contributed performances at community events

Yoga Teacher (private)
Acted in community theatre
Produced and performed in small-scale fire productions
Aerial Dance
Poi Spinning and fire dancing

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Fellowships, Scholarships, and Grants Received

2008 University of New Mexico grant for technology improvement- $3,000

2001-2005 University of Arizona/Teaching and Teacher Education

$13,159 Graduate fellowships and scholarships over the span of 10 semesters

$3,500 Research travel grant

2006 Ricoh Australia, $1,300 Travel grant

Membership

2002 – 2009 American Educational Research Association

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