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Dr. Chris Zirkle is an Associate Professor in Workforce Development and Education within the College of Education and Human Ecology at The Ohio State University. He presently serves as advisor for the college’s undergraduate program in Technical Education and Training. In addition, he is the primary advisor for the teacher licensure programs in Integrated Business Education, Career and Technical Education and Family and Consumer Sciences. He serves as the Ohio State representative on the University Council for Workforce and Human Resource Education.

Dr. Zirkle has taught in a variety of positions at the middle school, high school, community college and university level. He also has experience as a building administrator at the high school level. He holds current Ohio teaching and administrative licenses in nine different fields. He has a Bachelor’s Degree in Education from Central State (Ohio) University, a Master of Arts in Industrial Technology Education from Ball State University, a Master of Science in Business and Industrial Counseling/Management and an Educational Specialist Degree from Wright State University and a Ph.D. in Comprehensive Vocational Education from The Ohio State University.

Selected Presentations

  • Zirkle, C. (2019, March). Retention of vocational teachers in the United States: A longitudinal case study of one university. Proceedings of the Fifth Congress on Research in Vocational Education and Training. Bern, Switzerland: Swiss Federal Institute for Vocational Education and Training.
  • Zirkle, C. (2018, December). Current curricular and instructional practices in VET in the United States. Keynote presentation at the International Conference on Flipped Learning for Technological and Vocational Education, Taipei, Taiwan.
  • Zirkle, C., & Jeffery, J. (2018, November). A longitudinal study of alternatively licensed career-technical teachers. Paper presented at the Career and Technical Education Research and Professional Development Conference, San Antonio, TX.
  • Zirkle, C. (2017, March). Articulation and transfer in career and technical (vocational) education for career progress: A U.S. case study of a community college and a research university in an urban setting. Paper presented at the 5th Congress on Research in Vocational Education and Training, Swiss Federal Institute for Vocational Education and Training, Bern, Switzerland.
  • Zirkle, C. (2016, November). The use of work-based learning experiences in U.S. colleges and universities: A discussion and case study. Paper presented at International Conference on Work-Based Learning, Okayama University, Okayama, Japan.
  • Zirkle, C. (2016, May). Program and curriculum articulation of secondary and post-secondary career and technical education. Paper presented at 2016 Taiwan Symposium on Humanities, Central Taiwan University of Science and Technology, Taichung, Taiwan.
  • Zirkle, C. (2015, May). An analysis of the workforce development and education system in the United States. Presented at Beijing Academy of Educational Sciences. Beijing, China.
  • Zirkle, C. (2014, September). A qualitative analysis of high school vocational education in the U.S. Paper presented at 2nd International Conference of the German Research Center for Comparative Vocational Education and Training, The University of Cologne, Cologne, Germany.
  • Zirkle, C. (2013, May). The recent reform of vocational education in the United States. Paper presented at the 2013 International Language Education Conference, Transworld University, Yunlin, Taiwan.
  • Zirkle, C. (2012, December). An analysis of the workforce development and education system in the U.S. Paper presented at the 2012 International Conference on Industrial Workforce Development & Education in the Asia-Pacific Region, Cheonan, Korea.

Selected Publications

  • Zirkle, C., Jeffery, J., & Schrewe, L. (2019). A longitudinal study of alternatively licensed career-technical teachers. Career and Technical Education Research, 44 (1), 23-47. https://doi.org/10.5328/cter44.1.1
  • Zirkle C. (2019). Vocational teacher preparation: The United States. In: McGrath S., Mulder M., Papier J., Suart R. (eds). Handbook of vocational education and training. Heidelberg, Germany: Springer.
  • Zirkle C., & Jeffery, J. (2019). Vocational student organizations and student success. In: McGrath S., Mulder M., Papier J., Suart R. (eds). Handbook of vocational education and training. Heidelberg, Germany: Springer.
  • Zirkle, C., & Jeffery, J. (2017). Career and technical education administration: Requirements, certification/licensure, and preparation. Career and Technical Education Research, 42 (1), 21-33.
  • Zirkle, C. (2016). A qualitative analysis of high school level vocational education in the United States: Three decades of positive change. In M.Pilz (Ed.), Youth in transition: Vocational education and training in times of economic crisis (pp. 321-337). New York: Springer.
  • Zirkle, C. (2016). Student safety and liability: A primer for career-technical and technology education instructors TechDirections, 76 (4), 16-19.
  • Fletcher, E., Asunda, P., Gordon, H., & Zirkle, C. (2015). A 2015 status study of career and technical education programs in the United States. Career and Technical Education Research, 40 (3), 25-48.
  • Zirkle, C., & Martin, L. (2012). Challenges and opportunities for technical and vocational education and training (TVET) in the United States.  In M.Pilz (Ed.), The future of vocational education and training in a changing world, (pp. 9-24). New York: Springer.
  • Zirkle, C. (2011). The multi-tiered CTE/VET system in the United States – from high school to four year colleges. In F. Rauner & A. Barabasch (Eds.), Work and education in America: The art of integration (pp.33-51). New York: Springer.

Grants

  • Ohio Career and Technical Education Teacher Recruitment and Retention Grant (FY 2018), Ohio Department of Education, Total grant award: $112,000
  • Ohio Career and Technical Education Teacher Recruitment and Retention Grant (FY 2017), Ohio Department of Education, Total grant award: $112,000
  • Ohio Career and Technical Education Teacher Recruitment and Retention Grant (FY 2016), Ohio Department of Education, Total grant award: $112,000
  • Ohio Career and Technical Education Teacher Recruitment and Retention Grant (FY 2015), Ohio Department of Education, Total grant award: $138,000
  • Teacher Professional Development (2014), Shanghai International Vocational Training and Development Center, Shanghai, China, Total grant award: $33,241

 

vita – Chris Zirkle – February 2019

The History of Vocational/Career-Technical Teacher Education at The Ohio State University