Dr. Jeffrey S. Kaplan graduated from the State University of New York at Binghamton with a Bachelors degree in Theater (1973), completed his Masters of Arts in Theater at the State University of New York at Albany (1975). From 1974 - 1975, he attended the School of Theater at Florida State University. From 1976-1977, Dr. Kaplan pursued secondary certification in English, Speech and Theatre at the University of Florida in Gainesville.
In 1997, Dr. Kaplan moved to Marion County, Florida and there he taught seventh grade Language Arts at Lake Weir Middle School (1977-1980), ninth and tenth grade English and Speech and drama at Forest High School (1980-82, 1984-85) and English at Lake Weir High (1985-86). In 1987, he moved to Coral Springs, Florida where he taught sixth, seventh and eighth grade Gifted Education Language Arts (1987-1988). And, between 1990-91, Dr. Kaplan taught tenth and eleventh grade English at Colonial High School, Orlando, Florida.
From 1982-84, Dr. Kaplan was a full time graduate student and assistant in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction at the University of Florida in Gainesville. There, he completed certification in Administration and Supervision (k-12) and a Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction in December, 1985.
In 1988, Dr. Kaplan joined the University of Central Florida College of Education faculty as a Visiting Assistant Professor in the Department of Instructional Programs. There, he taught courses in secondary English methods, teaching composition, elementary language arts and young adult and children's literature. He also supervised secondary English education interns and conducted reading and writing workshops for area educators.
In 1991, Dr. Kaplan became a member of the Educational Foundations department at the University of Central Florida. He joined the education faculty on the Daytona Beach campus as a Visiting Assistant Professor. In 1992, he was appointed Coordinator for Education programs on the Daytona campus, a post he held until 1998. In 1996, Dr. Kaplan assumed a tenure earning line in the Department of Educational Foundations. For the department and Daytona campus, Dr. Kaplan teaches undergraduate and graduate foundations courses in general methods, learning principles, critical issues, and curriculum studies. His current interests are in teaching methodology, classroom climate, and young adult literature.
Dr. Kaplan has served as Academic Coordinator of Education on the Daytona Beach campus, Chair of the Elementary Educational Forum, Chair of the Field Experience Advisory Committee, Chair of the Professional Education Committee, and chair of department and college search committees. For the university, Dr. Kaplan has served on the Undergraduate Admissions and Standards Committee, the Undergraduate Standards and Curriculum Committee, the University Calendar Committee and the Faculty Senate. Dr. Kaplan has received the State University Teaching Incentive Program Award (1996-1997) and the College of Education Undergraduate Outstanding Teaching Award (2000).
Dr. Kaplan is active in his professional organizations and currently serves as co-editor of the Florida Educational Leadership Journal (the state journal for the Association of Curriculum and Development). He is also a manuscript reviewer for Curriculum and Teaching (the scholarly journal for the American Association for Teaching and Learning) and the English Journal (the academic journal for the National Council Teachers of English). He is the book editor for The ALAN Review (the academic journal for the Assembly on Adolescent Literature) and is a guest editor for Teacher Education Quarterly (a nationally scholarly journal for the California Teachers of Education Association).
Dr. Kaplan is an active member of Florida Association of Curriculum and Development, the Florida Association of Teacher Educators, the Florida Educational Research Association, the American Educational Research Association, the Association for Teacher Educators, the National Council Teachers of English, the Assembly on Adolescent Literature, the International Society for the Study of Exploring Alternatives in Instructional Design, and the Self-Study for Teacher Education Practices.
Dr. Kaplan has written scholarly articles, textbook chapters, and books and has made numerous presentations at state, national and international professional meetings. His most recent works include his edited text, Using Literature to Help Troubled Teenagers Cope with Identity Issues (Greenwood Publishing, 1999) and singularly authored work, Controversies in Public Education (Greenwood Publishing, 2000).