Richard W. Riley College of Education and Leadership
Tara Payor brings a wealth of expertise from the field of education, and she has a deep knowledge base in professional development and clinical education. She earned her Ph.D., in Curriculum and Instruction, from the University of South Florida.
Tara has over a decade of experience working with adolescent and adult learners. She has spent extensive time, in middle and high schools, working with student teachers completing their final internship. She has also worked with adult populations at community colleges and through large companies offering continuing education options for their employees. Tara believes in the power that can be harnessed through an education in order to learn, connect, and grow.
Tara’s research has looked at each graduate medical education and teacher education. Her research has shown that a combination of intentional cognitive and behavioral processes, along with personal attributes, come together to inform a particular professional role. She is committed to helping professionals develop intentionality in their thoughts and actions so that their habitual ways of thinking and doing are productive toward their professional development.
Tara is passionate about writing, and she has formally studied the craft since her undergraduate days at Florida State University.
Tara’s achievements in the field of education have been recognized by the Tampa Bay Business Journal and USF’s College of Education.