Faculty Profile

Lisa Dieker, PhD

Lisa Dieker, PhD, director of the Lockheed Martin/UCF Academy for Mathematics and Science, received her doctorate in 1994 from the University of Illinois. She joined UCF in 2003 as an associate professor in the Department of Child, Family and Community Sciences. She is focused on teacher preparation in math, science and special education. She is working on a collaborative project with colleagues in the Institute for Simulation and Technology to determine ways to apply virtual reality and simulation technology to teacher preparation. Dr. Dieker has written and presented extensively on inclusion and co-teaching in secondary schools, and she has been very successful in receiving grant funding for her work. She is sought regularly as a keynote speaker for high level conferences and institutes.

Juli K. Dixon, PhD

Juli Dixon, PhD, is the Coordinator of the MEd in K-8 Mathematics and Science and Professor of Mathematics Education at the University of Central Florida. Prior to joining the faculty at UCF in 2000, Dr. Dixon was an Assistant Professor of Mathematics Education at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas and a public school teacher teaching mathematics in urban school settings at the elementary, middle, secondary, and post-secondary levels. She received a Bachelor of Arts in both Mathematics and Education from SUNY Potsdam, a Master’s degree in Mathematics Education from Syracuse University, and a Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction with an emphasis in Mathematics Education from the University of Florida.

Dr. Dixon’s professional interests relate to developing and deepening teachers’ mathematics content knowledge for teaching and communicating and justifying mathematical ideas. She is an active researcher with a history of over $6,000,000 in external funding, over 45 publications, and over 55 conference presentations. She is a K-6 mathematics textbook series and mathematics professional development series author. She served her discipline at the national level as the chair of the NCTM Student Explorations in Mathematics Editorial Panel and as a member of the Board of Directors for the Association of Mathematics Teacher Educators and at the state level as a member of the Florida K-8 Mathematics Standards Writing Committee and as a member of the Board of Directors for the Florida Association of Mathematics Teacher Educators. 

Bobby Jeanpierre, PhD

Bobby Jeanpierre, PhD,  is an Associate Professor in Science Education. She joined the College of Education and Human Performance at the University of Central Florida in August, 2001. Currently, she is the middle-level science program coordinator and coordinator of the science education doctoral program. Dr. Jeanpierre earned a BS in secondary biology from Southern University in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, a Master of Arts in Education with a specialization in gifted education from St. Thomas University in St. Paul, Minnesota, and a PhD in Curriculum and Instruction with a double-focus in science education and program evaluation from the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minnesota.

In 2005 the National Science Foundation awarded Dr. Jeanpierre a Career Award. The focus of this award was to research how teachers in K-12 settings implement inquiry-based science instruction, particularly in schools that have diverse, low socioeconomic student populations. Her research passion is to inquire into ways we can improve science teaching and learning by connecting research-to-practice. Her other extended research interests include alternative teacher certification, urban science teaching and evaluation of science and mathematics program.

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