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Dana, Thomas

Tom DanaProfessor and Associate Dean of Academic Affairs,
Science Education

College of Education
University of Florida
140 C Norman Hall
PO Box 117040
Gainesville, FL 32611
Fax: 352-846-6623

Research Biography

Tom Dana is Professor of Education and the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs in the College of Education at the University of Florida. Prior to joining the dean’s office in 2008, he held the post of director (chair) of the School of Teaching and Learning for five years.  He led the college’s effort in creating models and support systems to launch and grow distance learning programs. Closely working with UF’s Lastinger Center for Learning, he was instrumental in creating job-embedded graduate programs for educators in some of the most challenging school settings in Florida. Dana is the co-director, with Alan Dorsey from the College of Liberal Arts and Science, of UFTeach – an innovative model to increase the quality and quantity of science and mathematics teachers. In 2010, he led the college through a successful accreditation review by the Florida Department of Education and the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education. Dana’s academic interests are in science education, particularly the study of quality educator professional development programs and the development of reform-oriented, subject-specific pedagogical knowledge and practice.

Prior to his appointment at UF, Dr. Dana was a member of the faculty at The Pennsylvania State University since 1992. While at Penn State, he served as Coordinator of Teacher Education and held the Henry J. Hermanowicz Professorship in Teacher Education. Dana earned a B.S. in Earth Sciences Education and a M.S. in Science Education from the State University of New York at Oswego, and a Ph.D. in Science Education from The Florida State University. He holds New York State teacher certification in earth science, physics, and general science and taught middle and high school earth science and physical science in Mexico, NY, and physics and physical science in Tallahassee, FL.  .


Ph.D. – Florida State University

M.S. – State University of New York at Oswego

B.S. – State University of New York at Oswego

Key Professional Appointments

Professor and Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, 2008- present

Professor and Director, School of Teaching and Learning, University of Florida, 2003-2008

Henry J. Hermanowicz Professor of Teacher Education, Penn State University, 2001-2003

Associate Professor, Penn State University, 1997-2003

Assistant Professor, Penn State University, 1992-1997