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About David Hoppey

Dr. David Hoppey is an Associate Professor and Director of the Doctoral Program in Educational Leadership at the University of North Florida. He earned a Ph. D. at the University of Florida and was previously a faculty member at the University of South Florida and West Virginia University.  He also has worked as an inclusion specialist and district administrator and started his career as a middle school special educator in Orlando. 
Dr. Hoppey teaches methods courses to special education and general education teacher candidates and mentors teacher candidates in the field. He has worked extensively redesigning teacher education programs to include more clinically rich teacher preparation components at multiple institutions.  He also teaches doctoral seminars on educational leadership, teacher education, and qualitative research.
Dr. Hoppey’s scholarship focuses on school reform, special education policy, and outcomes of clinically rich teacher education. He has published in leading journals such as The Journal of Special Education and Teacher Education and Special Education. He has edited three books about clinically rich teacher education and co-authored chapters in the Handbook of Research and Practice for Effective Inclusive Schools and the Handbook of Response to Intervention.


August 2016 - Present Associate Professor and Director of the Ed.D Program in Educational Leadership, University of North Florida College of Education and Human Services
August 2010 - August 2016 Assistant Professor, University of South Florida ‐ teaching and learning
August 2008 - August 2010 Assistant Professor, West Virginia University ‐ Special Education
August 2006 - August 2008 Post-Doctoral Associate, University of Florida ‐ Special Education
August 2006 - August 2008 Supervisor of Curriculum and Staff Development, Alachua County Public Schools

Curriculum Vitae

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Honors and Awards

  • October 2019 Nominated for the David G. Imig Distinguished Service Award, Carnegie Project on the Education Doctorate (CPED)
  • February 2014 Association of Teacher Educators, Distinguished Program in Teacher Education Award, Elementary Education Undergraduate Program, (core program faculty member)
  • March 2014 University of South Carolina, Spirit of Partnership Award, Special Education and Elementary Education Programs, (core program faculty member)
  • Fall 2013 University of South Florida, Outstanding Undergraduate Teaching Award


PhD, University of Florida ‐ Special Education
M.Ed., Stetson University ‐ Special Edcuation

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