David Proudfoot, Ed.D.

David Proudfoot, Ed.D.


Dr. David Proudfoot considers himself to be an educational scholar, leader, and practitioner who works to improve teaching and learning. He brings more than 16 years of experience in the K-12 education field to his role as a Adjunct Professor, Dissertation Chair, in the School of Advanced Studies and Research Fellow for the Center of Educational and Instructional Technology Research. His expertise and research spans the areas of student-centered learning, improving the quality of teaching and learning, and sharing the science of children’s learning with the general public. He is especially interested in sharing practical ways that parents and caretakers can engage with their students at home and in their community as a means for promoting learning, interests, and thinking.

As a school administrator, Dr. Proudfoot has engaged in scholarship and leadership that resulted in leading educators to grow in creating teaching and learning environments that supported students to graduate better prepared to thrive in today’s globally competitive world. Actively collaborating with the school community and stakeholders, Dr. Proudfoot led the transformation of a traditional learning culture to a digital learning culture turning classrooms into learner-centered environments where teachers served as facilitators of rigorous and authentic learning and students accessed personalized, blended, and interactive curriculum using digital resources and tools. Ultimately, this change raised expectations for student learning by requiring students to construct meaning and explain their work through critical thinking, analysis, and reasoning.

As an Adjunct Professor and Dissertation Chair Dr. Proudfoot has supported students with quantitative, qualitative and mixed-method approaches to research. He understands the unique role of public education in our society today and enjoys collaborating with faculty and students so that they can engage in educational research that contributes to the field. Since 2009, he has led over 16 completed dissertations spanning 7 disciplines and covering 5 different research designs. He is very excited to use his educational leadership experiences as a means for expanding his scholarship and working through the Center for Educational and Instructional Technology Research to advance his research skills and collaborate with faculty and students. Currently, he is working with several research teams within the Center of Educational and Instructional Technology Research to carry out research related to Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM).

Dr. Proudfoot earned his B.S. in Elementary Education from the University of Central Florida, M.Ed. in Educational Leadership from Nova Southeastern University, and his doctorate in Educational Leadership from Nova Southeastern University.