Cindy D. Jones is an Associate Professor and Director of the Literacy Clinic in the Department of Teacher Education and Leadership, specializing in literacy education and classroom instruction. She taught in public school classrooms for over 20 years prior to joining the USU faculty. Dr. Jones continues to hold a current Level 3 Utah Professional Educator License. Her Educator License Areas of Concentration include Elementary Education, Middle School Education, and Administrative/Supervisory. She holds Endorsements in Reading Level I, Reading Level II, English, and Gifted and Talented. She continues to work in public schools providing professional development about reading and writing instruction.
Dr. Jones’ research focuses on the relationship of reading, writing, and oral discourse and how this relationship can be applied to instruction to promote students’ literacy development. She has also conducted research and evaluation projects on secondary literature curriculum programs, reading growth in Bureau of Indian Education schools, and speech language pathologist internship programs in auditory-oral schools. Dr. Jones has received the International Reading Association Outstanding Dissertation Finalist Award, the J. Estill Alexander Future Leaders in Literacy Award, the Jerry Johns Promising Researcher Award, and the EEJ College of Education and Human Services Researcher/Scholar of the Year Award.