Dr. Dina Ciotola

Title: Instructor

Area of Interest: Curriculum and Instruction

Phone: 941-359-4297

Curriculum Vitae: CV

Email: dina1@sar.usf.edu

Office: B325

Dr. Dina Ciotola earned her Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction with a concentration in the Social and Cultural Foundations of Education from the University of Connecticut. Her research focuses on diversity and equity in schools and the deconstruction of social and cultural constructs that are embedded in school curricula.  As an experienced classroom teacher, Dr. Ciotola has taught in both the New York City and Florida public schools and has supervised elementary and secondary level interns in their clinical practice. She is the director of PACE, the office of Professional and Continuing Education and served as the first chair of the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee’s committee on diversity and equity and coordinator of the Online Teaching and Learning program in the School of Education.


Ph.D., Curriculum and Instruction, Neag School of Education, University of Connecticut
M.S. Ed., Early Childhood and Elementary Education, Hunter College, City University of New York
B.A., History, King’s College


Osborn, Ciotola, D. (2016). The Discursive Construction of "Normal” : A Critical Examination of ABeka Curricula, Educational Studies, 52:1, 68-77, DOI: 10.1080/00131946.2015.112020.

Osborn, Ciotola, D. (2015). Resistance to secularism: The reproduction of privilege and dominance in fundamentalist school texts, Religion & Education, DOI: 10.1080/15507394.2015.1046353.

Osborn, C. D. (2013, June). Engaging Community Art in the Classroom. Paper presented at annual Florida Alliance for Arts Education (FAAE), Orlando, FL.

Osborn, C. D. (2010). "Resisting the State: Christian Fundamentalism and A Beka." Counterpoints, 376, 35–45.

Osborn, C. D. & Osborn, T. (2007). "Participating in democracy means participating in schools." Language and Cultural Diversity in Education: Democratic Principles in Action, 1-4.

Osborn, Ciotola, D. (2006). "Resisting "Secular Humanism": A critical analysis of the A Beka history curriculum, grades K--6". Doctoral Dissertation. Paper AAI3234322.