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Lynda Stone

Bob Eaves Jr. and Catherine Marshall, the School of Education's second Robert Wendell Eaves Sr. Distinguished Professor.

Dean Bill McDiarmid poses with Lynda Stone, the School of Education's
first Samuel M. Holton Distingished Professor.

Today we also recognize Lynda Stone, the School of Education’s first Samuel M. Holton Distinguished Professor.

The Samuel M. Holton Distinguished Professorship was established by a colleague to some of us, Samuel Holton, and his wife, Margaret. Sam Holton earned master’s and doctoral degrees from Yale. He joined this School’s faculty in 1948 and taught for 39 years until his retirement in 1987. He chaired the Social Foundations of Education program for many years and was a prolific researcher and scholar. His landmark textbook was “Understanding the American Public High School.”

Holton enjoyed working with doctoral students, supervising more than 50 dissertations. His appreciation for budding educational researchers was exemplified by Sam and Margaret’s establishment of a graduate fellowship that aided students for six years.

In making the gift to establish the fund to create this professorship, Sam wanted to recognize and support a faculty member who works in one his own specialty areas – the history or philosophy of education.

Therefore, it is especially fitting that Lynda Stone is being named the School’s first Samuel M. Holton Distinguished Professor.

Lynda joined the School of Education in 1993 after earning her bachelor’s degree from the University of California at Berkeley, then two master’s degrees and a Ph.D. from Stanford University.

Lynda taught social studies for 15 years in California. And, she has taught at the University of New Hampshire, Michigan State University, and Swarthmore and Bryn Mawr colleges, and was an assistant professor for five years at the University of Hawaii at Manoa before coming to Chapel Hill.

Her research interests include poststructuralist perspectives, John Dewey, feminism, and curriculum issues. She has an emerging interest in social ethics, demonstrated in a book project she’s pursuing with the working title “Mirror for Our Ethics: Discourses on Youth, Schooling, and Philosophy.”

Lynda has been a prolific contributor to her field.

She has edited or authored or co-authored 12 books or special journal issues and has authored more than 48 journal articles; 38 book, encyclopedia or monograph chapters; and, 15 book reviews. She is co-editing a new international book series: Contemporary Philosophers and Theories of Education.

She is a sought-after presenter, and has given many talks all around the world. She is one of four American members of an international research group of philosophers and historians of education that meets yearly in Europe.

Lynda has a long record of service to the School, to the University and to her professional field. She has been elected and appointed positions in other philosophy and education organizations, including longtime service to the American Educational Research Association, the American Educational Studies Association and the John Dewey Society, which she serves today as president.

Please join me in congratulating Lynda Stone, the School of Education’s first Samuel M. Holton Distinguished Professor.