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Hours of Operation

Mrs. Daisy Montgomery, Graduate Assistant
Monday, Wednesay, & Friday
10:30am-1:30pm

Dr. Linda Wilson-Jones, Director
Tuesday & Wednesday
11am-3pm

Disclaimer: Office hours contingent on scheduled University and Faculty Senate activities and meetings

About the Office of Research Initiatives

 Mission

The Mission of the Office of Research Initiatives' (ORI) is to assist in establishing a strong research record for each School of Education faculty member in a disciplined, sustained, and focused inquiry that impacts practice and professional thought in the educational community. We hope to accomplish this by (1) providing a space in which research activities are highlighted, supported, and nurtured; (2) being responsive to faculty research interest and connecting them to research needs at the local, state, and national levels; (3) assisting faculty and students in obtaining support for research projects; (4) serving as an advocate for the value of research in and educational setting; (4) enhancing the importance of campus-based research; and (5) encouraging its use to enrich the field of education  

About the Director

Dr. Wilson-JonesLinda Wilson-Jones,
Associate Professor and Director of the School of Education; Office of Research Initiatives

BA Psychology/Social Work/Sociology (Mississippi State University, 1995);
M.S. Community Counseling (Mississippi State University, 1997);
Ed.S. School Counseling (Mississippi State University, 1998);
Ph.D. Educational Leadership and Supervision (Jackson State University, 2003).

Dr. Linda Wilson-Jones currently serves as Director of the Office of Research Initiatives in the School of Education and Chair of the Faculty Senate. Before coming to Fayetteville State University, she was a School Counselor and Administrator for Rankin County Schools in Mississippi. She taught under-graduate and graduate courses in teacher education and school administration and is a developer of many new and revised courses for the department. Her instructional delivery is both web-enhanced and online to enhance the learning experience of her students. Dr. Wilson-Jones serves on numerous committees on the departmemt, school and the university levels. She has taken the leadership role on the Reappointment, Tenure and Promotion Committee, Curriculum Committee, Faculty Evaluation, Faculty Governance, Newsletter and Research Journal (Editor-in-Chief), University Core Curriculum, UNC Faculty Assembly, and Advisor to Pi Lambda Theta Honor Society. She also has notable services outside the university, such as, The City of Fayetteville, Cumberland County Schools, PTA Council, United Way, Women Voters' League and March of Dimes. Dr. Wilson-Jones has publication on the academic achievement of African American males, women in higher education, technology in higher education, and her current research interest is on gender and intra-racism among women in the workforce, especially higher education. Her contributions to the African American Biography Series from Harvard University under the direction of Dr. Henry Louis Gates, continues to be her most valued publications. She researched the distinct lives of two African American women, Louisa Jacobs and Blanche Armwood revealing their struggles and successes. As the Chair of the Faculty Senate, she has developed a Faculty Handbook website, revised the Faculty Handbook and is instrumental in developing policies on collegiality, collegial grievances, evaluations of deans and chairs. Her most current contribution to the School of Education is the launching of the Journal of Research Initiatives.

Selected Publications

Lane, R. J. Bishop, H. L & Wilson-Jones, L. (2005).  Creating an effective strategic plan  for the school district.  Journal of Instructional Psychology. Volume 32, 3

Wilson-Jones, L. & Caston, M. (December 2004).  Cooperative learning on academic achievement in elementary African American males.  Journal of Instructional Psychology. Volume 31, 4.

Wilson-Jones, L., Lander, D., & Thurston, D. (August 2004). Elementary African American males: Factors promoting and inhibiting academic success. The Urban Researcher.

Wilson-Jones, L. & Jones, P. (2005). Pre-adolescent African American males’ perceptions of parental involvement and academic achievement.  National Forum of Educational Administration and Supervision Journal. Volume 22, 3.

Wilson-Jones, L. & Caston, M. (2006). Attitudes of undergraduate education major attitudes’ about web-enhanced and traditional instruction at Fayetteville State University. Journal of Instructional Psychology. Volume 33, 2.

Wilson-Jones, L. & Dixon, C. (2007).  Mississippi elementary school counselors’ perceptions of character education programs.  National Forum of Educational Administration and Supervision.  Volume 25, 4.

Wilson-Jones, L. (2008). Louisa Jacobs. In The African American national biography (Series Ed.) & Henry Louis Gates, Jr and Evelyn Brooks Higginbothan (Vol. Editors)  (Vol. 4, pp. 476-478). Oxford University Press, Inc. New York.

Wilson-Jones, L. (2008).  Blanche Armwood,  In The African American national biography (Series Ed.) & Henry Louis Gates, Jr and Evelyn Brooks Higginbothan (Vol. Editors) (Vol. 1, pp.  168-170).Oxford University Press, Inc.  New York.

Service as Chairperson for Dissertations

Reynolds, T. M.  (2006).   An investigation of the relationship between the leadership style and the organizational orientation of selected superintendents in five southern states.  Unpublished dissertation. Department of Educational Leadership and Foundations. Fayetteville State University.

Bryant, B. L. (2006).   The relationship between elementary school principals’ instructional leadership behaviors and the school’s achievement.  Unpublished dissertation. Department of Educational Leadership and Foundations. Fayetteville State University.

Purcell, R. P. (2007).  Teachers’ Perceptions on the Effects of School Reform on Student Achievement and Teachers’ Practices in a North Carolina School District.  Unpublished dissertation. Department of Educational Leadership.  Fayetteville State University.

Hales, M.  (2008). An Examination of North Carolina Public School Superintendents’ Perceptions of Women in the Superintendency.  Unpublished dissertation. Department of Educational Leadership.  Fayetteville State University.

Harris, K. (2008).  African American Male Professors’ Perceptions of Best  Practices and Challenges of Mentoring Young African American Males in North Carolina.  Unpublished dissertation. Department of Educational Leadership.  Fayetteville State University.

Lane-Washington, L.  (2008). A Comparative Study of Northern and Southern Women Superintendents’ Perceptions of Personal and Professional Barriers and Leadership Styles. Unpublished dissertation. Department of Educational Leadership.  Fayetteville State University.

Williams, B. (2008). Students' Perceptions about Parental Involvement and Academic Achievement in a Selected North Carolina Elementary School.  Unpublished dissertation. Department of Educational Leadership.  Fayetteville State University.

Applewhite, M. A. (2009). An Investigation of Elementary Teachers’ and Principals’ Perceptions of Teacher Working Conditions and Academic Achievement in North Carolina.  Unpublished dissertation.  Department of Educational Leadership. Fayetteville State University.

Brooks, M. (2009).  A Study of the Relationship of leadership Styles, Gender and Years of Experience of Middle School Principals in North Carolina and Growth Trends on the End of Grade Exams.  Unpublished dissertation.  Department of Educational Leadership. Fayetteville State University.

Sanders-Smith, P. (2009).  A Comparative Analysis of Grade Configuration and Academic Achievement among Eastern North Carolina 6-8 and K-8 Schools.  Unpublished dissertation.  Department of Educational Leadership. Fayetteville State University.

Washington, D.W. (2009).  An Investigation of Faculty’s Perceptions on Traditional and On-Line Instruction at Post-Secondary Institutions in North Carolina. Unpublished dissertation.  Department of Educational Leadership. Fayetteville State University. 

 

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