Daria has a PhD in Higher Education Leadership, Management, and Policy from Seton Hall University. She holds a bachelor's degree from Kean University in Spanish language and Literature and a Master's degree in Educational Leadership, Management, and Policy from Seton Hall University.

Her research interests include contemplative practices in education, peer-to-peer relationships in academe, work place productivity, and international comparative education. 

When she is not teaching or writing, she loves to practice yoga, spend time with family, and tend to her garden. 

She is a recipient of the 2016-2017 Fulbright Distinguished Award in Teaching, USA to Chile.

She is a creator of Teach Learn Grow: a Youtube channel that reviews books on psychology, education, and parenting.


Pizzuto, D. (in press). Mindful in Middle School: Strategies for Teachers. Kappa Delta Pi Record.

Pizzuto, D. (2019). Contemplative faculty in the United States. Tertiary Education and Management. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/s11233-019-09021-4

Pizzuto, D. (2018). Contemplative Practices in Higher Education: Examining Faculty Perspectives. (Doctoral dissertation). Retrieved from https://scholarship.shu.edu/dissertations/2492

Pizzuto, D. (2017). Teaching Spanish with Authentic Literature. Thematic Units. Retrieved from https://tinyurl.com/y8pog42z [funded by Fulbright grant]

Pizzuto, D. (2016). Mindful in Middle School. Edutopia. Retrieved from https://www.edutopia.org/article/mindful-middle-school-daria-pizzuto

Pizzuto, D. (2016). Three Tips for Productive Writing in World Languages. ASCD Express. Retrieved from http://www.ascd.org/ascd-express/vol12/1205-pizzuto.aspx

Work in progress:

Pizzuto, D. (2019). Mindful in the Middle: Practical Strategies for Implementing Mindfulness in the Classroom. Manuscript in preparation.

Pizzuto, D. (2019). The Impact of Contemplative Pedagogy on Peer-to-Peer Relationships in Academe. Manuscript submitted for publication.

Invited Lectures and Presentations

Russian 101 - Remembering Life as a Novice Learner. Foreign Language Educators of New Jersey. Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ. August 2019

Mindfulness in the Classroom [Master Class]. Bernards Township Schools. Teacher development webinar. July and August 2019

The Impact of Contemplative Pedagogy on Academic Identity in Higher Education. XX April International Academic Conference on Social and Economic Development, Moscow, Russia. April, 2019

Teaching Spanish with Children's Literature: Lessons from Chile. NECTFL 2019 Annual Conference: Authentic Language, Authentic Learning. February, 2019

Contemplative Practices in Higher Education: Examining Faculty Perspectives. The Association for Contemplative Mind in Higher Education Annual Conference. October, 2018

Mindfulness in the Classroom. Teacher development workshop delivered at Bernards BOE. 08/2018

Teaching with Thematic Units. Professional development workshop delivered at Bernards BOE. 06/2018

Teaching with Compassion: Best Practices. Universidad Mayor, Santiago, Chile. 05/2017

Mindfulness in the Classroom. Professional Development Workshop for K-12 teachers, Seton Hall University, South Orange, NJ. 02/2017

Higher Education Student Engagement- Exploring Evidence-Based Strategies. 2016 Conference on Higher Education Pedagogy, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg, VA 02/2016

Teacher Professional Development: Taking Charge! Conference workshop for Kappa Delta Pi Biennial Convocation, Orlando, FL 10/2015

Unpacking Higher Education Student Engagement. Academic forum presentation delivered at The Danube University, Krems, Austria. 08/2015

Dealing with VIPs: Very Involved Parents. Workshop delivered at Bernards BOE. 07/2015

Maximizing your Prep Time: Time Management for Teachers. Workshop delivered at Bernards Township School District. 07/2015 and 07/2016

Mindfulness in the Classroom: Tips, Strategies, Implications. Workshop delivered at Bernards Township School District. 08/2015 and 07/2016

Elementary World Language Program Evaluation. Bernards Township Schools. 06/2015-07/2016

Measuring Student Engagement Levels in their Core Courses. Program Evaluation. Seton Hall University. 03/201

Teacher Self-Mentoring district presentation. Bernards School District, Basking Ridge, NJ. 01/2015

School Culture and Climate Evaluation. East Mountain School, Carrier Clinic, Belle Mead, NJ 11/2011