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Dr. Lisa Dieker is a Pegasus Professor and Lockheed Martin Eminent Scholar Chair at the University of Central Florida. She serves as a professor in the College of Community Innovation and Education specializing in Exceptional Student Education. Dr. Lisa Dieker’s primary area of research focuses on collaboration between general and special education teachers with a specific interest in the unique opportunities that exist for students with disabilities in STEM areas in urban and rural settings. She also has a passion for how technology and simulators can be used to impact teacher preparation and student learning. Dr. Dieker has received and managed more than $26 million in grant funding; holds 3 patents; provided over 120 keynotes; has authored 6 books; over 80 articles and chapters. She currently serves on numerous editorial review boards and is the past Associate Editor and Editor of three journals. She holds a Ph.D. in Special Education and Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Illinois. Her research interests are inclusive practices, teacher preparation, innovations in technology, and STEM Education. Dr. Dieker in collaboration with colleagues is leading 5 projects from the United States Department of Education (USDOE). Three focus on doctoral preparation in special education.  Two are USDOE Stepping Up grants focused on supporting mathematics and science coaches in mentoring special education teachers in STEM areas, and the other is a Stepping Up grant led by UCP of Central Florida supporting students with ASD with artificial intelligence.

Areas of Expertise

  • Special Education
  • Inclusion
  • STEM


Ph.D. in Special Education and Curriculum and Instruction
University of Illinois


Research Interests

  • Inclusive Practices
  • Teacher Preparation
  • STEM Education

Current Funded Projects

  • Hines, R., Dieker, L. A., Dukes, L., & Myers, A. (2017-2022). Preparing Scholars to Lead Inclusion and Transition (LEAD IT). U.S. Department of Education, $1,250,000 over 5 years funded.
  • Bousfield, T., Hynes, M., Dieker, L., & Hughes, C. (2016). TeachLivE™ Proposal for 3 elementary student avatars designed for both flat display and a 360° environment. Bert W. Martin Foundation, $124,000 funded.
  • Dieker, L. A. (2014-2019). Recruiting and preparing highly qualified teacher leader scholars. U.S. Department of Education, $1,250,000 over 5 years funded.
  • Dieker, L. A. (2012-2017). Lockheed Martin K-8 Enhancement Program for the Lockheed Martin Academy, Lockheed Martin Corporation, $500,000 endowment funded.
  • Dieker, L. A., & Wienke, W. (2011-2017). Recruiting and preparing highly qualified teacher leader scholars. U.S. Department of Education, Funded $1,250,000.


  • 2015 National Service Award,Council for Exceptional Children:Teacher Education Division, Tempe, AZ
  • 2015 Publication Award: Outstanding journal article in Teacher Education and Special Education, Council for Exceptional Children: Teacher Education Division, Tempe, AZ
  • 2015 Distinguished Alumni of the Year, University of Illinois,Champaign, IL
  • Co-Creator of TeachLivE™ featured by Sesame Street Joan Cooney Ganz Center as an Innovative Case Study (2015), licensed to Mursion, Inc., and currently being used nationally and internationally by over 90 universities and school districts.
  • National Training and Simulation Association Governor’s Award for Excellence in Modeling and Simulation, highest honor given by the Association (2013)
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