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Jeffrey W Cornett

Professor | Professor

Foundations & Secondary Education | College of Education & Human Services

Areas of Expertise

Teacher and Administrator Decision-Making, Teacher and Administrator Theorizing, Action Research, Social Studies Education, International Civic Education, Law-Related Education, Character Education, Qualitative Research and Program 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 more than forty years, including ten years as an English and social studies teacher and coach in Ohio and Venezuela. He was certified in Ohio as a history teacher, English teacher, principal, and supervisor. He is currently in his ninth year as 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; Department of Instructional Programs and Educational Leadership; 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 provided fifteen years of civics program development; teacher and student training; civic education research; and, citizen and government official exchanges. In addition, he was an advisory board member for the American Bar Association Division of Public Education, President of the Iowa Academy of Education,  and also a member of the Florida Association of District School Superintendents Empowering Effective Teachers Advisory Committee.


He has provided service on more than 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; Florida Teacher Certification Examination (FTCE) Subject Matter Expert; FTCE Validation Committee; Florida Teacher Subject Matter Content Standards Committee Chair.   He is currently on the Executive Board of the Florida Council for the Social Studies College and University Faculty Assembly.

He has over 125 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, State University of New York Press, Palgrave/Macmillan, 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 doctoral level classes including: teacher thinking and decision-making; curriculum inquiry; curriculum theory; philosophy of education; 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 district administrator decision-making, mentor programs for math and science education, teacher evaluation, the teaching internship triad and related theorizing, 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.

Contact Information

Building 57, Room 2310

(904) 620-1269