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Faculty and Staff

James Pinchak

G. James Pinchak

Workforce Development and Education Teacher Educator. pinchak.1@osu.edu

In honor of Dr. Pinchak's memory, the Department of Educational Studies and the College of Education and Human Ecology at The Ohio State University have established The G. James Pinchak Scholarship fund. The funds will be used to provide scholarships and research support to students pursuing higher education in Career and Technical Education, and Workforce Development in Education.

Contribute to The G. James Pinchak Scholarship Fund Here

Contributions also can be made by check, payable to The Ohio State University; please write “The G. James Pinchak Scholarship fund” in the memo line.

Checks should be sent to:

Office of Advancement
110 Arps Hall
1945 North High Street
Columbus OH 43201


Dr. David Stein

Dr. David Stein

Dr. Stein is associate professor of Workforce Development and Education. His work centers on three elements important to the working adult, adult centered of formal learning organizations, ie post secondary, access and availability, and use of formal learning opportunities. His recent research has focused on how working adult learners make decisions concerning participation, choice, and use of technology in learning settings (formal, nonformal, informal). stein.1@osu.edu


Dr. Chris Zirkle

Dr. Chris Zirkle

Dr Zirkle is associate professor of Workforce Development and Education. His research work is primarily within the broad discipline of career and technical education (CTE), and more specifically focused on teacher education/preparation and the utilization of distance education methodologies in CTE. His recent work includes a national study of the certification/licensure requirements for traditional/alternative pathways for CTE teachers in the United States, and studies on the barriers to the utilization of distance education in CTE teacher education programs. zirkle.6@osu.edu

Educational Background

  • PhD, The Ohio State University
  • MS/EdS, Wright State University
  • MA, Ball State University
  • BS, Central State University