Lisa Dieker, Ph.D.
Pegasus Professor and Lockheed Martin Eminent Scholar Chair
Program: Exceptional Education
Department: Child, Family, and Community Sciences
Dr. Lisa Dieker’s primary area of research focuses on collaboration between general and special education 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 $16 million in grant funding, provided over 100 keynotes, and has produced 5 books and over 60 articles and chapters. She currently serves on numerous editorial review boards and is the past Associate Editor and Editor of three journals.
Ph.D. in Special Education and Curriculum and Instruction
University of Illinois
Areas of Expertise
- Special Education
- Inclusive Practices
- Teacher Preparation
- STEM Education
Recent Honors and Awards
- 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)
Charles E. Hughes, Lisa A. Dieker, Arjun Nagendran, & Michael C. Hynes, “Semi-Automated Digital Puppetry Control,” US Patent No. 9,381,426 B1. Awarded July 5, 2016; Filed March 17, 2014; Provisional Application March 15, 2013. Assigned to University of Central Florida Research Foundation, Inc.
Hunter, W., Dieker, L., & Whitney, J. (2016). Consultants and co-teachers impacting student outcomes with numbered heads together: Keeping all engaged. Journal of Educational and Psychological Consultation, online. DOI:dx.doi.org
Hu, B., Dieker, L., & Yang, Y. (2016). The quality of classroom experiences in Chinese kindergarten classrooms across settings and learning activities: Implications for teacher training, Teacher and Teacher Education, 57, 39-60.
Dieker, L. A., Hynes, M., Hughes, C., Hardin, S., & Becht, K. (2015). TLE TeachLivE™: Using technology to provide quality professional development in rural schools. Rural Special Education Quarterly.
Dieker, L. A., Rodriguez, J., Lingnugaris-Kraft, B., Hynes, M., & Hughes, C. E. (2014). The future of simulated environments in teacher education: Current potential and future possibilities. Teacher Education and Special Education, 37(1), 21-33. doi: 10.1177/0888406413512683
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.
- National Council for Teachers of Mathematics
- Council for Exceptional Children
- Council for Behavior Disorders
-Division of International Special Education and Services
-Teacher Education Division
-Division for Learning Disabilities
-Division for Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Exceptional Learners