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)
August. 1990- May, 1992, Graceland University Major: Publications Design Minor: English
University of Arizona
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
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
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
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
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
Conference Paper Presentations (refereed)
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.
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.
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.
Invited plenary panelist at the 2004 annual meeting of the International, Outdoor Education Research Conference, Bendigo, Victoria, Australia.
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
August-December, 2005, Initial Teacher Preparation Committee/Department
of Teaching and Teacher Education
August, 2003- May, 2007, Department of Teaching and Teacher Education
Tucson, AZ Community
March, 2001, Kendis Child Care, Tucson, AZ
October, 2001, Earthkeepers earth education program
for Van Buskirk Elementary School, Tucson, AZ
Weeping Water, NE, Community
March, 1996, Cass county 4-H Speech Contest, Weeping Water, NE
1987-present Contributed performances at community events
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
2002 – 2009 American Educational Research Association