Students’ Career Experiences Enliven Workforce Development and Education

Inspiring life-long learning

Chris Zirkle, associate professor of Workforce Development and Education, works tirelessly to extend the workforce developement field. As the principal investigator of the Ohio Career and Technical Education Teacher Recruitment and Retention Grant, Zirkle will facilitate the maintenance and growth of teacher education programs in career and technical education in the Department of Educational Studies.

The project, funded by the Ohio Department of Education, will foster the growth of programs at Ohio State that will allow more men and women to find their destined career path. Similar programs have also been developed at Kent State and Wright State universities, and the universities of Toledo and Rio Grande.

Paying it forward     

Zirkle thanks N.L. “Mac” McCaslin, his own advisor at Ohio State, for showing him the importance of giving encouragement to students. He pays his advisor’s support forward by serving as the chapter advisor of Eta chapter of Omicron Tau Theta, a national honorary professional society for graduate students, professional educators, and leaders in career and technical education. He was initiated into Eta chapter himself in 1992.

“Being the Ohio State chapter’s advisor has allowed me to work collaboratively on research with the chapter members and present our work at state and national conferences,” he said. Read More

 

Christoper J. Zirkle, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Workforce Development and Education

 

EXPERIENCE SUMMARY

♦ Present Position

Associate Professor, College of Education and Human Ecology, Ohio State University, Columbus, OH. Teaching courses in Workforce Development and Education, Training and Development, Career and Technical (vocational) Education, and Human Resource Development. Conducting research in career-technical education and distance education

♦ 01/2001-08/2007

Assistant Professor, College of Education, Ohio State University, Columbus, OH. Taught courses in Workforce Development and Education, Training and Development, Career and Technical Education, and Human Resource Development. Conducted research in career-technical education and distance education

♦ 08/1998-12/2000

Assistant Professor, School of Technology, Indiana State University, Terre Haute, IN. Taught courses in Training and Development, Career and Technical Education, Technology Education and Human Resource Development. Taught courses via distance education. Conducted research in career-technical education and distance education