Associate Professor, Department of Educational Studies
Program Area: Workforce Development and Education
Edward C. Fletcher Jr.is a Distinguished Associate Professor in the Workforce Development and Education program at The Ohio State University and Faculty Fellow in the Center for Education and Training for Employment (CETE). He is also a Co-Editor for the Journal of Career and Technical Education. Fletcher began his faculty career at Illinois State University and then to University of South Florida. He has published on topics related to career and technical education (CTE) and presented on international, national and local levels regarding schooling experiences, academic engagement and outcomes (e.g., postsecondary and labor market) related to high school career academies using qualitative and quantitative approaches.
- PhD, Workforce Development and Education, The Ohio State University, 2009
- MS, Career and Technical Education, University of Missouri, 2006
- BS, Business and Marketing Education, University of Missouri, 2002
Fletcher’s research agenda focuses on the role and impact of CTE contexts (i.e., career academies) on students’ schooling experiences and long-term outcomes related to postsecondary education and the labor market, particularly for low-income and ethnically and racially diverse students. His research agenda has garnered over $2 million of federal funding from the National Science Foundation (NSF). To that end, Dr. Fletcher is currently a Principal Investigator (PI) on an NSF funded grant project entitled The IT College and CAREERS Readiness Project: Career Academy Research on Educational Experiences and Related Successes.
- 2016 – 2020 – Principal Investigator - National Science Foundation grant: The IT College and CAREERS Readiness Project: Career Academy Research on Educational Experiences and Related Successes (Award #1614707)
- 2015 – 2019 – Co-Principal Investigator – National Science Foundation grant: PathTech LIFE (Award #1501999)
- Fletcher, E., Hernandez-Gantes, V., & Smith, C. (In press). This is my neighborhood: An exploration of culturally relevant agency to support high school Latinx students in an urban career academy. The Qualitative Report.
- Fletcher, E., Warren, N., & Hernandez-Gantes, V. (2019). The high school academy as a laboratory of equity, inclusion, and safety. Computer Science Education. doi: 10.1080/08993408.2019.1616457
- Hernandez-Gantes, V., & Fletcher, E., & Keighobadi, S. (2019). A case study of the development of a career academy: Good intentions, not enough? Journal of Research in Technical Careers.
- Fletcher, E., Warren, N., & Hernandez-Gantes, V. (2018). Preparing high school students for a changing world: College, career, and future ready learners. Career and Technical Education Research, 43(1), 77-97. https://doi.org/10.5328/cter43.1.77
- Hernandez-Gantes, V., Keighobadi, S., & Fletcher, E. (2018). Building community bonds, bridges, and linkages to promote the career readiness of high school students in the United States. Journal of Education and Work, 31(2), 190-203. doi: 10.1080/13639080.2018.1434871.
- Fletcher, E. (2018). Characteristics of career and technical education faculty across institutions of higher education in the United States. International Journal of Adult Vocational Education and Technology, 9(1), 42-58. doi: 10.4018/IJAVET.2018010104
- Fletcher, E., & Chang, M. (2017). Feedback from the triad relationship as predictors of the satisfaction of student teachers. Business Teacher Education Journal, 43, 61-68.
- Hernandez-Gantes, V., Jenkins, S., & Fletcher, E. (2017). Promoting active and sustained school-business partnerships: An exploratory case study of an IT academy. Journal of Research in Technical Careers, 1(2), 26-35. doi: https://doi.org/10.9741/2578-2118.1023
- Fletcher, E. (2017). Exploring the perspectives of career and workforce education graduate students regarding their experiences in an online degree program. The Journal of Research in Business Education, 58(2), 23-38.
- Fletcher, E. & Gordon, H. (2017). The status of career and technical education undergraduate and graduate programs in the United States. Peabody Journal of Education, 92(1), 236-253. doi: 10.1080/0161956X.2017.1302219
- Fletcher, E. & DiCicco, M. (2017). Exploring teacher concerns of pre-collegiate urban teaching academy students. The Teacher Educator, 52(2), 114-137. doi: 10.1080/08878730.2016.1264525
- Fletcher, E. & Tyson, W. (2017). Bridging technical skills gaps between high school students and local employers. Journal of Research in Technical Careers, 1(1), 20-31.
- Fletcher, E., Nguema, A., & Ashford, S. (2016). How field experiences influence perceptions of learning to teach in a pre-collegiate urban teaching academy program. Action in Teacher Education, 38(3), 278-296.
- Fletcher, E., & Ashford, S. (2016). Unintended consequences of a state accountability policy in a pre-collegiate urban teaching academy program. The Journal of Research in Business Education, 57(2), 26-41.
- Fletcher, E. & Tyson, W. (2016). A longitudinal analysis of young adult pathways to STEMH occupations. Career and Technical Education Research, 41(3), 191-211. doi: 10.5328/cter40.3.191
- Fletcher, E. (2015). We “Grow Our Own”: A multi-case study of a high school urban teaching academy. Business Teacher Education Journal.
- Fletcher, E., Gordon, H., Asunda, P., & Zirkle, C. (2015). A 2015 status study of career and technical education programs in the United States. Career and Technical Education Research, 40(3), 191-211. doi: 10.5328/cter40.3.191
- Fletcher, E., & Djajalaksana, Y. (2015). Instructional strategy preferences in the career and technical education classroom. The Journal of Research in Business Education, 57(1), 32-56.
- Cox, E., Hernandez-Gantes, V., & Fletcher, E. (2015). Student participation in career academies within a school district: Who participates, what makes a difference? Career and Technical Education Research, 40(1), 11-27. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.5328/cter40.1.11
- Fletcher, E. (2014). High school students’ exposure to diversity in an urban teaching academy and their conceptions of its place in future practice. The Urban Review. 46(4). doi: 10.1007/s11256-013-0270-5