Dr. Erskine Dottin


ERSKINE S. DOTTIN – was born in the salubrious climes of the West Indian island of Barbados and came to the USA in 1970. He is now Professor Emeritus, and Frost Professor in the School of Education and Human Development, College of Arts, Sciences and Education, Florida International University, Miami, Florida. He received his bachelor’s degree (in Physical Education, 1973) and master’s degree (in Educational Leadership, 1974) from the University of West Florida, and his Doctor of Philosophy (in Educational Policy Analysis and Social Foundations of Education, 1976) from Miami University of Ohio.

He served on the faculty at the University of West Florida from 1977 to 1992, and a member of the faculty in the College of Education (now School of Education) at Florida International University from 1992 until 2015. He was awarded the College of Education’s Frost Professorship during the 2009-2010 academic year, and used that professorship to organize the first ever Faculty Learning Community on Habits of Mind in the College of Education and the University. He also served as a Fulbright Scholar at Rivers State University of Science and Technology in Port Harcourt, Nigeria from 1988 to 1989.

He was one of the founders of the Florida Foundations of Education and Policy Studies Society, and served as its President from 1986-1991. He is a member of the Phi Kappa Phi Scholastic Honor Society, and his research interests are in the areas of humanistic education, the use of case methods and dispositions as habits of mind in teacher education. He has been included in the Who’s Who in American Education and in Who’s Who in the World publications.

He is a past president of both the Southeast Philosophy of Education Society, and the Council for Social Foundations of Education (formerly the Council of Learned Societies in Education) and served as the latter’s representative on the Unit Accreditation Board of the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (now the Council for Accreditation of Educator Preparation). He was instrumental in the NCATE Standards Committee’s work on the conceptual framework. He brought his accreditation expertise to Florida International University in 1992 and used it to help the College of Education move from being judged by NCATE Examiners as failing all NCATE Standards to receiving full accreditation status, with all standards met, in 1996 and to its receiving a national award from the Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (AACTE).

His articles have appeared in Teaching and Teacher Education, the Journal of Teacher Education, the Journal of Educational Opportunity, Educational Studies Journal, the Journal of Student-Centered Learning, Teacher Education Quarterly, the Journal of Humanistic Education, Educational Foundations, College Student Journal, the Florida Journal of Teacher Education, Holistic Education Review, and the Florida Association of Teacher Educators E-Journal.

He is the author of Developing a Conceptual Framework: The Stimulation for Coherence and Continuous Improvement in Teacher Education; Creating a Professional Community Through Means-Ends Connections to Facilitate the Acquisition of Moral Dispositions: Developing, Living, and Evaluating a Conceptual Framework in Teacher Education, and Dispositions as Habits of Mind: Making Professional Conduct More Intelligent.

He has co-authored Thinking About Education: Philosophical Issues and Perspectives; Teaching as Enhancing Human Effectiveness; Enhancing Effective Thinking and Problem Solving in Teacher Education Candidates and In-Service Professional Educators; Bringing Out the Best in Human Effectiveness: Lessons for Educators from an Upward Bound Project, and Structuring Learning Environments in Teacher Education to Elicit Dispositions as Habits of Mind: Strategies Used and Lessons Learned.