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2011 Paragon Award Recipients

Posted on: August 22nd, 2013 by Wan Latartara

Dr. Carol Livingston (Teacher Education)

Carol Livingston

Carol Livingston

Dr. Carol Livingston is an Assistant Professor of Curriculum & Instruction at the University of Mississippi. Originally from Tampa, FL, Dr. Livingston attended the University of Florida in Gainesville. She began her career teaching secondary mathematics and science in Alabama. She received her Ph.D. in both secondary and elementary mathematics from the University of Alabama. Her research has focused on the ways curriculum intersects with issues of social justice, along with research into the development of high quality mathematics teachers via professional learning communities anchored within online social networking utilities. She is a member of both the Association of Mathematics Teacher Educators and an officer of the Mississippi Association of Mathematics Teacher Educators.

Dr. Livingston is an avid cyclist and is the Secretary and Road Bike Coordinator for Oxford Cycling. She is also the faculty sponsor for the newly formed Ole Miss Cycling team which will begin representing the University of Mississippi at USAC Collegiate Cycling events spring 2012. Dr. Livingston attends Oxford-University United Methodist Church where she sings in the choir. She has two daughters, Rebecca and Leah.

Dr. Livingston was nominated for her Distance Learning course EDEL 625. The nominating student said of Dr. Livingston’s course, “Much of this class consisted of hands-on, problem-solving activities performed by each group and then shared by the group members with the rest of the class. Dr. Livingston was well-organized and made sure that the distance learning class members always had the same… hand-outs that the Oxford class had. Dr. Livingston also demonstrated immense patience with class members who lacked experience with different forms of technology being used. She managed to model the appropriate use of technology in conjunction with the mathematics education content of this course.”

Dr. Jennifer Snook (Sociology and Anthropology)

Jennifer Snook

Jennifer Snook

Dr. Jennifer “Skadi” Snook earned her Ph.D. from the University of Colorado at Boulder and is an Instructor in Sociology and Anthropology. She has been teaching sociology at the University of Mississippi since 2005, and there is nothing on the planet she would rather be doing.

Dr. Snook was nominated for her online course SOC 451, Special Topics in Sociology: Sociology of Religion. A student of Dr. Snook’s said she “is very dedicated to her students and even though this is an online class she always makes herself available for questions, concerns and discussions. She inserts technology into every lesson in such a way as to help even the most technologically challenged person navigate through her class. She is abreast of research for her class and presents us with clear and succinct information to enhance our learning experience. She is one of the best professors I have taken and I feel that both her class preparation and teaching ability is superior.”

Another student said, “I had never taken an online class before Dr. Snook’s online class. It was, perhaps, better than many of my traditional study courses in that she directed us in discussion, she gave us feedback regularly, and was ALWAYS respectful of differing or even irrelevant opinions.”