Local receives Ph.D from Auburn

Published 11:16 am Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Cheron Nicole Hunter

Cheron Nicole “Peaches” Hunter received her doctor of philosophy (PhD) degree in reading education from Auburn University on Monday, Aug. 9, at the Beard-Eaves Memorial Coliseum in Auburn.

Selected as a Holmes Scholar in 2006, Hunter was elected national president of the organization in 2007. Already a two-time graduate of Auburn with both bachelor’s and master’s degrees in education, the Birmingham native is also a Troy University alumna, having earned an education specialist degree and a certification in educational leadership from that university.

She taught for six years in the Opelika City Schools system as a second-grade teacher. She has presented her research on multicultural children’s literature and pre-service teacher development at numerous local, state and national conferences. She has earned a number of awards and honors, including the Auburn University President’s Graduate Opportunity Program Award, the Troy University African-American Fellowship and the 2009 Outstanding Faculty Award courtesy of the Auburn University Student Government Association.

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Hunter is now an assistant professor of reading education at Troy University’s Phenix City campus. She is the daughter of Bettie Johnson-Hunter and Ronald C. Hunter, both of Birmingham, and the granddaughter of Dazarine Hunter of Demopolis and the late Willie I. and Elma Johnson, formerly of Demopolis.