Dr. Roy Singleton, Jr
Dr. Roy Singleton, Jr. is a retired Associate Professor of Education from the College of Education and Human Services at the University of North Florida, Jacksonville, Florida. While at UNF, he taught courses in the Departments of Curriculum and Instruction, Elementary and Secondary Education, and Foundations and Secondary Education. His specialty areas are literacy education; the teaching of English; the teaching of reading and the English Language Arts; reading in the content areas; diagnosing, correcting, and remediating reading difficulties; curriculum development, implementation, and evaluation; and middle school education. Before joining the faculty of the University of North Florida, Dr. Singleton taught the English Language Arts in middle and high schools in Florida. He earned his bachelor’s degree – magna cum laude – in English Education, and the master’s degree in Reading Education and Curriculum from Edward Waters College and the Clark Atlanta University, respectively. The University of Florida awarded him the Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) degree in reading, language arts, and curriculum and instruction in June of 1979. Educational Administration and Supervision (Educational Leadership) was his minor area of study at the University of Florida.
Dr. Singleton has held membership in the Florida Reading Association, the International Reading Association, the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, the National Middle School Association, and the National Council of Teachers of English. He has served as a consultant for several school districts in the areas of reading pedagogy, language arts instruction, teaching English in secondary schools, diagnosing and correcting reading disabilities, reading in the content areas, curriculum development, integrating language arts throughout the curriculum, African American Literature and History, cooperative learning, and multicultural education. Dr. Singleton has made scholarly presentations and presented papers at the annual conventions of the International Reading Association, the Florida Reading Association, the Florida Association for Multicultural Education, and the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development.
Dr. Singleton’s publications include articles on study skills and study habits, competency-based instruction, reading in the content areas, the reading interests of students, curriculum development, and instructional delivery systems. He is also one of the co-authors of a middle school literature and language textbook series for Macmillan/McGraw-Hill, entitled Spotlight on Literature. These textbooks were designed to be used in grades 6, 7, and 8 in our nation’s schools. As a recognized poet, Dr. Singleton has had several of his poems published. These poems appear in Poets of the Nineties and in six (6) editions of Revelry: The Literary Voice of the Gwendolyn Brooks Writers Association of Florida. He was awarded the Thomas Burnett Swann Poetry Prize (a one thousand dollar award) on June 7, 2008, for his poem “Lady Gwendolyn,” which appears in Volume XXI of Revelry. Although he officially retired from the educational milieu, Dr. Singleton is now serving as Acting Chairperson of the Communications Department and teaching courses in freshman English at Edward Waters College in Jacksonville, Florida. Moreover, each fall, he teaches a distance learning course in Middle School Philosophy and Curriculum for the Department of Foundations and Secondary Education at the University of North Florida. He also writes poetry “when time and the muses allow.” It should also be noted that Dr. Singleton served his country in the US Army (1969-1967) in Louisiana and Vietnam.