A University of Mount Olive associate professor has been recognized with the prestigious James B. Hunt Jr. Literacy Award.
The N.C. Reading Association presented the award to Ashley Johnson, UMO associate professor in the Division of Education, in recognition for her service in promoting literacy among children and adults that leaves lasting contributions in the state.
“I am so excited to be able to continue to follow my passion and impact the students at UMO and the community through the University of Mount Olive Reading Clinic starting in the fall of 2023,” Johnson said.
“This project involves UMO education majors delivering evidence-based literacy tutoring to elementary-aged children in our community.”
Johnson, a former elementary and secondary reading specialist, maintains an active research agenda that examines student engagement and motivation, teacher preparation and licensure assessments, evidence-based literacy practices, and community and relationship building in the classroom, according to UMO officials.
She enjoys employing literacy projects that offer university students high-impact field experiences while enhancing literacy in the community.
Johnson’s research projects have been funded by Anonymous Trust Foundation, ChildTrust Foundation, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Cumberland Community Foundation and First Horizon Bank.
Her scholarly work has appeared in peer-reviewed journals, including the International Journal of Educational Research, Journal of Research Initiatives, International Research in Higher Education and the American International Journal of Humanities and Social Science/Center for Global Research Development.
“The Division of Education is fortunate to have Dr. Johnson as a member of our education faculty,” said Amanda Bullard-Maxwell, assistant dean for education.
“She brings valuable expertise in literacy instruction that will be an asset in the preparation of our pre-service teachers. The implementation of the University of Mount Olive Reading Clinic will allow our education majors to practice the application of theory, while serving elementary students in our community.”
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