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Press Release for Friday, July 1, 2016

UNF Appoints New College of Education and Human Services Dean

Media Contact: Andrea Mestdagh, Specialist

Department of Public Relations

(904) 620-2192

The Board of Trustees at the University of North Florida affirmed the appointment of Dr. Diane Yendol-Hoppey as the dean of the College of Education and Human Services. She begins her new position on campus today.

“I am thrilled to be joining a faculty that is innovative, cares about regional and international partnerships and is committed to using research-based practices to improve education and other human services in the region and beyond,” said Yendol-Hoppey.  

She succeeds Dr. Marsha Lupi, who served as interim dean of the College of Education and Human Resources since July 2014.

Yendol-Hoppey is the former associate dean of Educator Preparation and Partnerships, director of the David C. Anchin Center at the College of Education and professor of education at the University of South Florida. She began those positions in 2014.

“We are very excited that Dr. Yendol-Hoppey is joining UNF,” said Dr. Earle Traynham, provost in the Office of Academic Affairs. “She brings an extensive background in higher education and has demonstrated strong and effective leadership at prior universities. Public education faces many challenges in Jacksonville and throughout the country. We are very pleased to have her leading our college at this critical time.”


Yendol-Hoppey’s research focuses on clinically rich teacher education, job-embedded professional development and partnerships dedicated to improving teaching and learning in urban contexts. She has written four books and published articles in numerous journals, includingthe Journal of Teacher Education, School-University Partnerships Journal, Educational Leadership, Teacher Education Quarterly, The New Educator, Florida Journal of Teacher Education and many more.

Over the course of her career, she has facilitated the innovation of a variety of teacher education programs which have been recognized by the National Association of Professional Development Schools Exemplary PDS Achievement Award and the Association of Teacher Educators Distinguished Program in Teacher Education Award three times. She received the Association of Teacher Educators Distinguished Research in Teacher Education and Distinguished Dissertation Award as well as the Kappa Delta Pi/AERA Division K Early Career Research Award, to name a few.


Yendol-Hoppey received her doctorate in curriculum and instruction, a master’s degree in educational theory and policy and a bachelor’s degree in advertising, all from Pennsylvania State University.

The College of Education and Human Services mission is to collaborate with local, regional, national and international stakeholders to promote transformational learning experiences; establish and nurture partnerships with local institutions and agencies to address the needs of the community, which is inclusive of urban areas; and use evidence-based practices to prepare effective practitioners who exhibit a professional disposition.  


UNF, a nationally ranked university located on an environmentally beautiful campus, offers students who are dedicated to enriching the lives of others the opportunity to build their own futures through a well-rounded education.