Dr. Lora Kosten

Dr. Lora Kosten USFSM

Title: Instructor III

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Phone: 941-359-4200

Email: lkosten@sar.usf.edu

Office: B212

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Dr. Lora Kosten is a Level III Instructor at USF Sarasota-Manatee. She has served as Faculty Coordinator for the USF Sarasota-Manatee Instructional Site in North Port, and helped established the Office of Community Engagement where she coordinated, policies, programs and practices that align with USF Sarasota Manatee’s Strategic Planning Goal and that assist USF Sarasota Manatee in becoming classified for Carnegie Community Engagement recognition. She now teaches courses for the College of Liberal Arts and Social Science and the School of Education. She is Coordinator of Initial Teacher Preparation.

Dr. Kosten received her PhD in Humanities from Salve Regina University; was employed as a teacher and principal in the Central Falls, Rhode Island School District, and served on the adjunct faculty at Rhode Island College for almost ten years. Her CAGS field project for curriculum and instruction supported professional development as a means to improve attitudes and practices of teachers regarding the NCTM Standards, and her dissertation research addressed parental involvement in education through Family Science and Technology Workshops.

She has a strong interest in research on the impact of poverty on children’s wellness and academics and was a member of the Duvall Family Studies Committee that helps emphasize collaborations among university researchers and community practitioners who can utilize family studies research findings. In 2011, she participated in the Gulf Coast Leadership Institute and learned the importance of giving back to the community. She donates hand painted items to silent auctions to help raise money for various non-profit organizations and she conducts collections of toiletries for the homeless. Dr. Kosten is honored to be on the faculty at USF Sarasota-Manatee.


  • PhD, Salve Regina University
  • CAGS, Salve Regina University
  • MEd, Rhode Island College
  • BS, Rhode Island College


Dr. Kosten also has an interest in research to improve academic achievement of children through the integration of the arts and thoroughly embraces the Arts Integration program for the School of Education at USF Sarasota-Manatee.