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The Academy of Senior Professionals

The Academy of Senior Professionals at Eckerd College

Meet our Members

Janice Hunter and Martin Jernigan

Though born in North Carolina, Janice considers herself a native of Florida, and has lived here, since 1948. Janice joined ASPEC in 2011, as a way to continue her quest for lifelong learning. “Is that girl ever going to finish school?” her uncle asked her. Upon graduating from Eckerd, then Florida Presbyterian College, with a major in English, she went on to receive her masters from the University of South Florida, and her PhD in English at the University of Florida.

After receiving her doctorate, Janice began teaching at Valencia College in Orlando, where she taught a variety of subjects including English, literature, French, cross-cultural communication and film, for 35 years. Shortly after becoming a professor, she rose to position of Chair of the English Department, at Valencia. Janice is a member of the National Council of English Teachers, and has led many professional organizations such as the Florida Developmental Educators Association, the Two Year College English Association and the Modern Language Association.


Janice considers the copyrighted workbooks and textbooks she created for her students, which included tailored content and real student essays, her most rewarding achievement. “Students were delighted at being published,” she said.

Aside from English, she is also passionate about French. Upon spending her junior year of undergrad in Strasbourg, France, Janice has kept up with both the French language, and the friends she met abroad. She and her husband Martin travel to Europe often to visit with friends and explore new places.

Janice is known as world traveler, an avid reader, an accomplished professor, but most importantly as an outstanding role model to her friends, colleagues and former students. She is currently serving on the planning committee for ASPEC’s  “Celebration of Mark Twain” event planned for November 2013.

Martin Jernigan

Though born at MacDill Air Force Base, in Tampa, Martin did not remain in Florida for long. As part of a military family, he lived in such places as Newfoundland and Japan. Martin eventually returned to Florida to attend the University of South Florida and the Florida Technological University, now University of Central Florida, where he majored in Microbiology. He then enjoyed a career in the retail and wholesale wine and spirits business.

Martin enjoys music, reading, archery and history, and is happy to be retired and living on St. Pete Beach. Since joining ASPEC, Martin has lectured at and coordinated several excellent wine tasting events and he is co-chair of the Applied Technology group.

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Enrich your retirement in a welcoming, supportive community while you:

  • engage in peer led learning
  • work with college students
  • volunteer in the community
  • have fun and make friends

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