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Lisa Dieker

University of Central Florida

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Dr. Lisa Dieker, is a Pegasus Professor and Lockheed Martin Eminent Scholars in the College of Community Innovation and Education at University of Central Florida (UCF). She received her doctorate from the University of Illinois. She serves as the Director of the UCF/Lockheed Martin Mathematics and Science Academy, Program Coordinator for the Ph.D. program in special education, and Co-Director of the UCF Center for Research in Education Simulation Technology (CREST). Her research focuses on harnessing the power of teachers working across disciplines in inclusive settings in teacher education, special education, and simulation. She has led and managed more than $18M in grant funding and has two newly funded doctoral leadership grants to work across teacher preparation, learning sciences, and STEM. She has over 16 years of leading the field in teacher education in creating and assessing teacher performance in simulated environments and has created a new pathway of pilot work in understanding the neurophysiological state of expert teacher mind and body. She has provided over 100 keynotes and has produced 5 books and over 65 articles and chapters. She holds one patent in simulation and has a second patent pending. She currently serves on numerous editorial review boards and is the past Associate Editor and Editor of three journals. She has been awarded the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC): Children Advocacy Network Advocate of the Year Award, the CEC: Teacher Education Division (TED) Outstanding Service Award, the CEC:TED Outstanding Journal Article Award, the UCF Graduate Student Mentor of the Year Award, and the University of Illinois and Eastern Illinois University Outstanding Alumni of the Year Awards.

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