Lori Dassa 

Director of Clinical Experiences and Partnerships

Lori Dassa





2009 Norman Hall



As the Director of Clinical Experiences and Partnerships it is my role to support the College of Education and all programs that reside within the college. As a faculty member, I have the opportunity to link theory and practice through my knowledge base, experiences and relationships. I have demonstrated this through the redevelopment and teaching of the Clinical Education training courses, Ethics course and School Safety Course over the past three years. Through the partnerships I have continued this theory to practice work as the College of Education representative on the Howard Bishop Community School Cabinet working on needs assessments, analyzing data and creating professional development opportunities. I have written several grants linking the college of education with our districts including Alachua County, Marion County and the NEFEC Consortium, and I developed community relationships including connecting Gainesville Bridge and our reading practicum faculty.


  • School of Teaching and Learning

Research Interests

Clinical Training and Internship, Early Childhood, Elementary Education, Higher Education, Preservice Teacher Education, Professional Development, Teacher Evaluation


  • Ed.D. in Curriculum and Instruction, 2003 Nova Southeastern University
  • M.S. in Early Childhood Education, 1999 Nova Southeastern University
  • B.S. in Elementary Education, 1997 York College of Pennsylvania

Professional Appointments

  • Coordinator of the Practicum Program at Florida Atlantic University
  • Creator and Coordinator of the Honor's in the Elementary Major at Florida Atlantic University
  • Editor in Chief of SAGE Open Special Issue: Issues in Educator Accreditation: Just in Time Topics for Educator Preparation Programs in the United States

Activities and Honors

  • Excellence and Innovation in Undergraduate Teacher of the Year, Florida Atlantic University (2018)

Selected Grants

State EXCEED grant

  • Co-PI
Funding Agency
  • Center of Excellence Florida Atlantic University
Award Amount
  • $4.3 million

Selected Publications

  • Dassa, L., & Colon, E. (July 2022). Enhancing institutional structures to impact clinical partnerships and intern experiences. Paper presented at the Annual Meeting for Association of Teacher Educators (ATE), Nashville, TN.
  • Dassa, L., Dana, T. , & Colon, E. (February 2021). Respecting the voices of all stakeholders in the preparation of prospective teachers. Paper presented at the Annual Meeting for Association of Teacher Educators (ATE), Virtual (COVID).
Other Publications
  • Dassa, L. (2011). So now what? New elementary teacher survival guide 2nd Ed. Boston, MA. Pearson Custom Publisher.
  • Dassa, L. (2018). Continous teacher training. TESOL Encyclopedia of English Language Teaching. Wiley Publications 1-6.
  • Dassa, L., & Nichols, B. (2019). Self-efficacy or overconfidence? How student teacher self-perceptions of their content knowledge and subject specific teaching abilities compare to the perceptions of their clinical educators and university supervisors. The New Educator, 15(2), 156-174.
  • Rhone, A, Dassa, L, & Hotchkiss, V. (2018). The merge: Educational psychology and preservice teachers together shaping the urban environment. Journal of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies, 48-59.
  • Dassa, L., & Derose, D. (2017). Get in the zone: A perception study of preservice teachers. Issues in Teacher Education, 26(1), 101-113.
  • Dassa, L., & Sampson-Gruener, G. What do school boards need to know about the recent changes in educator accreditation? American School Board Journal, February 2016.