Trina Emler, PhD

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  • Associate Researcher, Senior

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Trina E. Emler, PhD, is a senior associate researcher focusing on learner agency through creativity and innovation within learner-centered education and change initiatives. She has been a practitioner in the private and public K-12 sectors and has worked in leadership, mentorship, program and standards evaluation, and co-teaching for diversity and inclusion. She has a passion for connecting research and practice in authentic ways and has published in the areas of creativity, innovation, and entrepreneurship education and associated pedagogical strategies, authentic use of technologies, and assessments as a means of meeting the needs of diverse learners.


Ph.D. in Educational Leadership & Policy Studies, University of Kansas
M.A. in Elementary Education, Florida Gulf Coast University
B.A. in Foreign Languages, University of Central Florida


Research interests:

  • Creativity, Innovation, and Learner Agency
  • Education Change
  • Educational Technology and Learner-Centered Design