Areas of Expertise
Teacher and Administrator Decision-Making, Teacher Theorizing, International Civic Education, Law-Related Education, Social Studies Education, Qualitative Research and Evaluation, Curriculum and Instruction, Supervisory Theory
Ph.D, Curriculum and Instruction, Social Studies Education, Qualitative Research, Supervision
The Ohio State University
Doctoral Studies, Curriculum, Supervision, and Administration
The University of Toledo
The University of Toledo
M. S. Ed.
Curriculum and Instruction
The University of Toledo
B. S. Ed.
History and English
Bowling Green State University
Dr. Cornett graduated with a Ph.D. from The Ohio State University in 1987. He has been in education for thirty seven years, including ten years as a teacher and coach in Ohio and Venezuela. He is currently chair of the Department of Foundations and Secondary Education at UNF. Previously he has served as department chair of the Department of Educational Research, Technology, and Leadership, the Department of Instructional Programs and Educational Leadership, and the Department of Instructional Programs at the University of Central Florida, and Dean of the College of Education at the University of Northern Iowa. He is past President of the Iowa Academy of Education.
Cornett was co-evaluator of an international civic education partnership with Florida (FLREA), Hungary (CIVITAS Hungary), and Romania (Intercultural Institute of Timisoara) that recently concluded fifteen years of civics program development, teacher and student training, and citizen and government official exchanges. In addition, he was an advisory board member for the American Bar Association Division of Public Education and also the Florida Association of District School Superintendents Empowering Effective Teachers Advisory Committee.
He has provided service on approximately 150 committees at the department, college, university, regional, state, and national levels, including serving two terms as an officer for the College and University Faculty Assembly of the National Council for the Social Studies, two terms as Secretary of the UCF Faculty Senate; Chair, Graduate Curriculum and Policy Committee, UCF; and as a Board Member for the Florida Council for the Social Studies. Service to public schools and FDOE includes: Strategic Planning Team member, St. Johns County School District; Price Laboratory School Parent Advisory Committee; Chair Odyssey Middle School School Advisory Council; Expert Witness Seminole County Schools; State of Florida Advisory Committee on Character Education.
He has approximately 120 publications and scholarly presentations in addition to leading numerous workshops and institutes. His research has been presented in Bosnia-Herzegovina, Croatia, Hungary, Jordan, and Russia and is cited by colleagues in more than 140 national and international journals published in the United States as well as Australia, Canada, China, Columbia, France, Italy, Korea, Lithuania, Mexico, Netherlands, Norway, Spain, Sweden, Taiwan, Trinidad and Tobago, Turkey, and the United Kingdom.
Cornett has been a manuscript reviewer for Teachers College Press and the State University of New York Press, as well as for the following scholarly journals: American Educational Research Journal, Anthropology & Education Quarterly, Critical Education, International Journal of Qualitative Studies in Education, Journal of School Leadership, Journal of Teacher Education, The Journal of Research in Character Education, The Journal of Social Studies Research, Social Education, Social Science Record, and Theory and Research in Social Education. He served as co-editor of The Journal of Social Studies Research and as an editorial board member of Theory and Research in Social Education.
He has taught a variety of undergraduate, graduate, and advanced graduate classes including curriculum inquiry, curriculum theory, social studies methods, qualitative research, and instructional strategies. He has chaired or served as a committee member on over fifty dissertations.
His current research focuses on school administrator decision-making, teacher evaluation, and reflective practice.
Emeritus Member of the Iowa Academy of Education
Exemplary Service Award, UCF College of Education
Teaching Incentive Award, UCF
International Award, Florida Council for the Social Studies
Social Science Professional Award, Florida Council for the Social Studies
He is a member of the American Association of Colleges of Teacher Education, Florida Association of Colleges for Teacher Education, Florida Council for the Social Studies, International Council for the Social Studies, International Society for Technology in Education, and the National Council for the Social Studies. Education honoraries include the Iowa Academy of Education, Phi Delta Kappa, and Phi Kappa Phi.
Grants and Contracts Awarded
He has been principal investigator or co-principal investigator of grants that total more than 1.25 million dollars.
Publications & Presentations
Cornett's publications include one edited book (SUNY Press), one monograph (AERA), and numerous publications in a variety of journals including:
Anthropology & Education Quarterly, Childhood Education, International Journal of Social Education, Journal of Research in Science Teaching, Planning and Changing, Science Education, Social Education, Social Science Record, The Florida Bar Journal, Theory Into Practice, and Theory and Research in Social Education.