Assistant Professor of LRU named in Top 10 Hickory Young Professionals


Dr. Summer Carrol, Lenoir-Rhyne University Assistant Professor of Education and Director of the Master of Arts in Teaching program, was selected as one of the Top 10 Hickory Young Professionals under 40 years of age. The Hickory Young Professionals organization, in partnership with the Catawba Chamber of Commerce, solicits nominations annually for this honor which recognizes the accomplishments and contributions of local professionals.

Dr. Carrol has served in the education field for 15 years, previously serving as a middle and high school English teacher and Testing Coordinator.  Her research interests include teacher identity and reflection, history of education, educational equity, the impact of school desegregation on Black teachers and students, as well as qualitative research methods. Dr. Carrol was awarded the National Council of Teachers of English Cultural Diversity Award for her presentation on linguistic diversity and African American Vernacular English. Her publications include entries on desegregation and school busing in People of Color in the United States: Contemporary Issues in Education, Work, Communities, Health, and Immigration (2016), an article on black teachers and black student achievement in The Journal of Negro Education (in press), as well as an article on embracing linguistic diversity in NCTE’s School Talk publication (2011).  She has presented locally, regionally, and nationally on topics such as teacher reflection, closing the opportunity-to-learn gap, linguistic diversity, and teaching as a career choice. Dr. Carrol has also served as a reviewer for Teachers College Record, The Journal of Negro Education, Urban Education, and Palgrave Publishing.

In addition to academic service, Dr. Carrol actively serves her local community as a member of the Board of Trustees for the Hickory Museum of Art and the Children’s Advocacy and Protection Center. She is a member of the Leadership Catawba Advisory Board, where she helps introduce local community professionals to the many opportunities available for service and leadership in the Hickory and greater Catawba County communities, as well as a member of the advisory board for the Young People of Integrity Mentoring Group, a non-profit organization committed to helping young people develop in the areas of character, leadership, and service. Dr. Carrol has also been active in the Hickory Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. and in the Delta Kappa Gamma Educational Honor Society (Gamma Phi chapter).

In 2013, Dr. Carrol achieved her Doctor of Philosophy in Education, Curriculum and Instruction at the University of Maryland, College Park. She completed a Master of Arts in Writing at Northeastern University (Boston, Massachusetts) and Bachelor of Arts in English at Wittenberg University (Springfield, Ohio) in 2006 and 1999, respectively.

A native of Cleveland, Ohio, Dr. Carrol currently resides in Hickory with her husband and 16-month old son and is expecting a second child this month (December). In addition to working and serving in the community, Dr. Carrol enjoys traveling, dining out, hiking, participating in church activities, and spending time with family.


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