Dr. Melanie DiLoreto


Dr. Melanie DiLoreto is an Instructor in Teacher Education and Educational Leadership (TEEL), the Director of the Office of Assessment and Strategic Planning for the College of Education and Professional Studies, and the Program Administrator for Graduate and Undergraduate Programs in TEEL.

DiLoreto was a leader of UWF’s successful effort to win $540,000 in ongoing grants from the Florida Department of Education to develop methods to assess the content of hard-to-measure K-12 courses such as physical education, music, and art.  Additionally, she obtained a $5,000 research grant to study student engagement in online learning environments.

Her research areas include Teacher Preparation Impact on K-12 Student Learning, Educational Policy, Educational Assessment, Research and Measurement Methods, and Methodological Issues.

Among other topics, DiLoreto has studied student engagement in online learning environments, assessment of educator preparation, university faculty and students’ conceptions of assessment, and employers’ satisfaction with teachers’ ability to integrate technology into the classroom. Publications carrying her work include International Journal of Educational Leadership Preparation, Psychology Research, and Tk20 Newsletter.

DiLoreto teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in education, instructional management, educational assessment for learning, test and measurement, and advanced data analyses.

She has a Ph.D. from the University of Southern Mississippi in Education: Research, Evaluation, Statistics, and Assessment. She has two degrees from UWF: a B.A. in Elementary Education and a M.Ed. in Educational Leadership: Curriculum Development and School Counseling.

She has previously held several other positions at UWF. They include Accreditation Fellow for the Office of Assessment, Strategic Planning, Institutional Research, and Effectiveness; Administrative Assessment Fellow for the College of Professional Studies; Director of Education Accreditation and Accountability; and Director of Teacher Education Student Services.

Degrees & Institutions:

DiLoreto received her B.A. in Elementary Education and her M.Ed. in School Curriculum Development from the University of West Florida. She went on to earn her Ph.D. in Research, Evaluation, Statistics, & Assessment from the University of Southern Mississippi.


  • Quantitative and Qualitative Methods
  • Survey Research
  • Applied Statistics
  • Structural Equation Modeling
  • Teaching and Learning
  • Educational Assessment
  • Program Evaluation
  • Psychometrics

Current Courses:

  • Foundations of Measurement
  • Educational Assessment
  • Test, Measurement, and Data Literacy

Classes Taught:

    • Classroom Management
    • Educational Assessment for Learning
    • Test & Measurement
    • Planning and Curriculum
    • Student Teaching & Field Experiences

Special Interests:

Director, CEPS Office of Assessment and Strategic Planning


    • Gray, J., & DiLoreto, M. (2016). The effects of student engagement, student satisfaction, and perceived learning in online learning environments.  International Journal of Educational Leadership Preparation, 11(1), 98-119.
    • DiLoreto, M.,Nguyen, G., & Stout, D. L. (2015). CARI: A model of assessment for educator preparation programs. Psychology Research, 5(4), 238-248.  doi:10.17265/2159-5542/2015.04.003 

Keywords: assessing content of hard-to-measure courses, teacher preparation impact on K-12 student learning, educational policy, educational assessment, research and measurement methods, student engagement in online learning, assessment of educator preparation, employers’ satisfaction with teachers’ ability to integrate technology into the classroom