Department of Adult, Career
and Higher Education
Dr. Edward Fletcher
Associate Professor, Career and Workforce Education
Office: EDU 151A
Phone: (813) 974-0029
Fax: (813) 974-3366
Edward Fletcher received a B.S. in Business and Marketing Education at the University of Missouri, a M.Ed. in Career and Technical Education at the University of Missouri, and a Ph.D. in Workforce Development and Education at The Ohio State University.
Dr. Fletcher has experience in retail management and as a high school business teacher. He has taught at the University of Missouri and The Ohio State University as a graduate teaching associate. His last position was at Illinois State University where he was an Assistant Professor in the Business Teacher Education program.
Dr. Fletcher’s research agenda focuses on understanding the role and impact of career and technical education programs at all levels: high school, undergraduate, and graduate level. Accordingly, his research agenda is divided into three distinct, yet interrelated, domains:
1. high school reform - studying the impact of participation in high school career and technical education reform initiatives on schooling experiences and outcomes in adulthood;
2. undergraduate teacher education - examining the influence of career and technical education (specifically business education) undergraduate teacher preparation programs at equipping teacher candidates with the knowledge, skills, and dispositions needed to be
effective teachers; and,
3. graduate education - exploring the status, structure, and curricula of career and technical education graduate programs and related student outcomes.
Fletcher, E. & Gordon, H. (in press). The condition of career and technical education
undergraduate and graduate programs in the United States. Peabody Journal of Education.
Fletcher, E. & Tyson, W. (in press). A longitudinal analysis of young adult pathways to STEMH
occupations. Career and Technical Education Research, 41(2).
Fletcher, E., Nguema, A., & Ashford, S. (in press). How field experiences influence perceptions
of learning to teach in a pre-collegiate urban teaching academy program. Action in Teacher Education.
Fletcher, E., & Ashford, S. (in press). Unintended consequences of a state
accountability policy in a pre-collegiate urban teaching academy program. The Journal of Research in Business Education.
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
2016-2019 National Science Foundation
Principal Investigator: Edward Fletcher
Co-Principal Investigators: Victor Hernandez-Gantes (USF) and Katherine Blasik (National Academy Foundation-NAF)
Title: The IT College and CAREERS Readiness Project: Career Academy Research on Educational Experiences and Related Successes (NSF# 1614707)
Total amount funded: $1,176,099.00
Purpose: To examine the experiences and outcomes of high school students participating in three National Academy Foundation Information Technology career academies.
2015-2018 National Science Foundation
Principal Investigator: Will Tyson
Co-Principal Investigators: Edward Fletcher (USF) and Marie Boyette (Florida Advanced Technological Education Center)
Title: PathTech LIFE: A National Survey of LIFE (Learning, Interests, Family, and Employment) Experiences Influencing Pathways into Advanced Technologies (NSF# 1501999)
Total amount funded: $778,031.00
Purpose: The purpose of this project is to construct, test, validate, and analyze a national survey to identify the characteristics of Engineering Technology (and related disciplines) community college students, their academic pathways, career goals, and school-work-life balance issues that impact their decisions to enroll, return for further coursework, and/or pursue a certificate or degree.
ECT 5386 Preparation and Development for Teaching
ECT 6197 Curriculum Enhancement in Career and Technical Education
ECT 6661 Trends and Issues in Career and Technical Education
ECT 6766 Emerging Workplace Competencies
ECT 6948 Practicum in Career and Technical Education
ECW 6206 Supervision of Local Programs
ECW 7168 Instructional Development in Career and Workforce Education
ECW 7105 Career and Workforce Education Program Planning and Implementation