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Department of Teaching and Learning

Social Science Education Faculty



Dr. Dominic (Dick) J. Puglisi
Professor, Stavros Chair,

(813) 974-2175
(813) 974-2234 FAX

Office: CEE 101

Mailing Address:

College of Education
Department of Teaching and Learning
Gus A. Stavros Center for Free Enterprise & Economic Education
University of South Florida
Mail Code: CEE 101
4202 East Fowler Ave., EDU162

Tampa, FL 33620-565

Bachelor’s: University of South Florida, Tampa, FL , B.A. Political Science
Master’s: University of South Florida, Tampa, FL., M.A. Social Science Education
Doctorate: Georgia State University, Atlanta, Ga., Ph.D., Secondary Education

Professor Puglisi’s academic work is focused on the field of free enterprise and economic education. As director of the Gus A. Stavros Center for Economic Education and holder of the Stavros Endowed Chair in Free Enterprise and Economic Education, Dr. Puglisi’s efforts are designed to build partnerships between business and education so that K-12 educators possess the knowledge and skills needed to prepare students for the global economy. He is the instructor for courses in creativity & the economy, the global economy and economic decision making. During his tenure in the COEDU at USF, he has provided leadership in obtaining funds to establish three endowments, two of which are in excess of one million dollars, along with additional substantial funds from the corporate community. A significant accomplishment was the capital campaign that resulted in the building of a state-of-the art facility on the USF campus that houses the Stavros Center.

Dr. Puglisi has published in

  • Social Education
  • The Social Studies
  • The Journal of The European League for Middle Level Education
  • Contemporary Education
  • Southwestern Journal of Social Education
  • Middle School Journal
  • Trends in Social Education
  • Georgia Social Science Journal
  • Florida Banking
  • Introspect
  • ProEducation


Dr. Puglisi has published a chapter in the following book:

  • School and Community: Issues and Alternatives by Martinez and Weston, Kendall-Hunt Publishing


Dr. Puglisi was a co-author of

  • Study Guide to Accompany The Governing of Men, Holt, Rinehart & Winston


Dr. Puglisi was a social studies teacher at a Tampa high school prior to coming to USF in 1969. From 1969-1980, he taught both the elementary and secondary social science education methods courses both at the undergraduate and graduate levels. In 1980, he assumed the directorship of the Center for Economic Education (now the Gus A. Stavros Center for Free Enterprise and Economic Education). During his tenure in the College of Education at USF, he as served in several leadership positions, including Acting Director, National Resource Center for Middle Level Education; Assistant Director, Educational Policies Center; and Assistant Dean and Director of the Stavros Center. He is the recipient of numerous awards including the coveted national award, the Freedoms Foundation Leavey Award in Private Enterprise Education and the Outstanding Citizen Award from the Florida Council for the Social Studies.






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