J. Elton Moore is the Associate Dean for Research & Assessment in the College of Education where he also holds a joint appointment as a Professor of Counselor Education in the Department of Counseling and Educational Psychology. Prior to joining the Dean's Office as an Associate Dean, he served for 17 years as Director of the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center (RRTC) on Blindness & Low Vision. He is also a past President of Prevent Blindness - Mississippi, and a past Chair of the Administration Division in the Association for Education and Rehabilitation of the Blind and Visually Impaired. He received his BS degree in Psychology from Valdosta State College in 1971, his M.Ed. degree in Guidance and Counseling from Valdosta State College in 1972 and his Doctoral degree in Rehabilitation Counselor Education from Mississippi State University in 1980.
Dr. Moore became Director of the RRTC on Blindness and Low Vision at Mississippi State in 1990. His research has focused primarily on employment of individuals who are blind or severely visually impaired and on the Older Blind Independent Living Program. As a former Director of Mississippi Vocational Rehabilitation for the Blind, he served as State Licensing Agency Director and had overall responsibility for the state's Randolph-Sheppard Vending Facility Program, a self-employment program for legally blind adults. He has published extensively on the Randolph-Sheppard Program, the Older Blind Independent Living Program and on various employment issues related to Blindness and Low Vision. He is a former Associate Editor of the Journal of Visual Impairment and Blindness and is a former Consulting Editor for Rehabilitation and Practice for the Journal of Visual Impairment and Blindness. He served as Lead Editor for a textbook published by AFB Press entitled Foundations of Rehabilitation Counseling With Persons Who are Blind or Visually Impaired. He is a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor (CRC) as well as a Licensed Professional Counselor and served as a Rehabilitation Counselor in Georgia for 5 years.
Honors and awards include his recognition as a William L. Giles Distinguished Professor in 2002; the Raymond Melhoff Award, a national award from the older blind program managers group awarded in 2003; the Trustee Emeritus Award from the American Foundation for the Blind in 1998; the Jennings Randolph Service Award, a national award given by the American Council of the Blind (Randolph-Sheppard Vendors of America) in 1996; the Mississippi Association for Education and Rehabilitation of the Blind and Visually Impaired (MAER) Outstanding Service Award in 1996; and the AER-Airlift Leadership Award, an award from the Association for Education and Rehabilitation of the Blind and Visually Impaired in 1995. He was also selected as a Switzer Scholar by the National Rehabilitation Association in 1991. He is a member of the Helen Keller Society and chairs accreditation site-visit teams for the National Accreditation Council for Blind and Low Vision Services.