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Dr. Cheryl R. Ellerbrock

Associate Professor

(813) 974-1632

(813) 974-3837 Fax

Office: 302W

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College of Education
Department of Teaching and Learning
University of South Florida
4202 East Fowler Ave., EDU105

Tampa, FL 33620-5650



Dr. Cheryl Ellerbrock is an associate professor in Teaching and Learning in the College of Education. She received her doctorate in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Florida. Dr. Ellerbrock’s Master's degrees in Educational Psychology and Social Studies Education were also earned at the University of Florida. Her Bachelor's degrees in Social Science Education and Psychology were received from Florida Southern College. Prior to joining the USF faculty in January 2008 as a secondary generalist, Dr. Ellerbrock worked for Hillsborough County Schools as a high school social studies teacher. She taught various courses including psychology, advanced placement psychology, world cultural geography, and American government.


Dr. Ellerbrock teaches a variety of courses at USF, including Teaching the Adolescent Learner, Teaching the Young Adolescent Learner, Classroom Management for a Diverse School and Society, Middle Level Education, Middle School Trends and Issues, Care and Personalization in Secondary Education, and Collegiate Teaching in Secondary Education. She also oversees all secondary general education courses and all middle grades and general education courses in the Helios STEM Middle Grades Teacher Preparation Residency program. Dr. Ellerbrock is a co-principal investigator of the Helios STEM middle school preservice teacher implementation grant, a collaborative effort between USF and Hillsborough County Public Schools that created a residency-based undergraduate program for middle grades math and science preservice teachers. In 2011, she received USF’s Outstanding Undergraduate Teacher of the Year award.



Dr. Ellerbrock’s research specializes in supporting the developmental needs of young adolescents learners that include exploring how secondary school environments support the needs of adolescent learners, investigating ways to foster a responsive middle-to-high-school transition, and developing responsive secondary educators. She has published in scholarly journals such as Middle Grades Research Journal, The Journal of Educational Research, Middle School Journal, Urban Education, and Qualitative Inquiry. In collaboration with other colleagues, Dr. Ellerbrock secured a book contract with Teachers College Press to write a book titled, “Difficult Dialogues and Daring Discourse: Discussions of Diversity in Teacher Education.” She also started a research lab where masters and doctoral students collaborate on projects associated with supporting the needs of young adolescent learners. Currently the lab is working on a research study titled, “GAP Camp as a Developmentally Responsive Middle-to-high-school Transition-related Support.” With over 40 state, national, and international conference presentations since beginning at USF in 2008, Ellerbrock regularly presents on her teaching and research individually and in collaboration with colleagues and graduate students.



Dr. Ellerbrock is a member of the American Educational Research Association’s Middle Level Education Research Special Interest Group, Association for Middle Level Education, National Association of Professors of Middle Level Education, Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, and the Florida League of Middle Schools. She serves as the secretary and collegiate advisor for the Florida League of Middle Schools along with council member and graduate student mentoring initiative co-lead for the Middle Level Education Research Special Interest Group. Within the college of education, she is a member of the College of Education’s educator preparation committee, serves as the coordinator of the tenure and promotion brown bag committee, and secondary general education cognate advisor. Dr. Ellerbrock consults with numerous schools and private organizations providing workshops on teacher care, culturally and developmentally responsive teaching, school transitions, and classroom management.

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