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Christopher Zirkle

Associate Professor, Department of Educational Studies

Program Area: Workforce Development and Education

(614) 247-6227
zirkle.6@osu.edu

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Biography

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, where he currently teaches courses in career and technical education and human resource development. 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.

Education

  • PhD, Comprehensive Vocational Education, Ohio State University, 1995
  • EdS, Educational Leadership, Wright State University, 1990
  • MS,  Personnel Counseling and Management, Wright State University, 1987
  • MAE, Technology Education, Ball State University, 1984
  • BS, Industrial Technology Education, Central State University, 1983

Research Interests

Experience

  • 2008-present: Associate Professor, College of Education and Human Ecology, Ohio State University, Columbus, OH.
  • 2001-2007: Assistant Professor, College of Education, Ohio State University, Columbus, OH.     
  • 1998-2000: Assistant Professor, School of Technology, Indiana State University, Terre Haute, IN.
  • 1997-1998: Assistant Professor, College of Education, University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY.
  • 1994-1997: School Administrator, Eastland-Fairfield Career-Technical Schools, Columbus, OH.
  • 1991-1994: Vocational Graphic Arts Instructor, Ohio Hi-Point Joint Vocational School, Bellefontaine, OH.
  • 1990-1991: Manager, Center for Human Resource Development, Clark State Community College, Springfield, OH.
  • 1984-1990: Technology Education Teacher, Springfield City Schools, Springfield, OH.

Honors

  • Meritorious Service Award, University Council for Workforce and Human Resource Education, 2014
  • Omicron Tau Theta National Service Award, 2012
  • Outstanding Service Award, Ohio State University College of Education, 2005

Selected Grants

  • 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
  • Ohio Career and Technical Education Teacher Recruitment and Retention Grant (FY 2014), Ohio Department of Education, Total grant award: $138,000

Selected Presentations

  • 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. (in-press). Career and Technical Education administration: Requirements, certification/licensure, and preparation. Career and Technical Education Research (publication: Spring 2017)
  • 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.