Eddie Fletcher, Phd

Eddie Fletcher, PhD

Dr. Edward C. Fletcher Jr. is a Distinguished Professor in the Workforce Development and Education program at The Ohio State University and Faculty Associate in the Center for Education and Training for Employment (CETE). He also serves as Program Chair of Workforce Development and Education and Director of Research and Grants for the Department of Education Studies. Dr. Fletcher serves as an Editor for the Career and Technical Education journal and Co-Editor for the Journal of Career and Technical Education.

Dr. Fletcher began his faculty career at Illinois State University for one year and then at the University of South Florida for nine years. He has published over 70 articles on topics related to career and technical education (CTE) and presented on international, national, and local levels regarding student participation, schooling experiences, academic engagement, and outcomes (e.g., postsecondary and labor market) related to high school career academies using qualitative, quantitative, and mixed methods approaches.

Dr. Fletcher’s research agenda focuses on the role and impact of career and technical education (CTE) contexts (e.g., career academies) on students’ schooling experiences and long-term outcomes related to postsecondary education and the labor market, particularly for ethnically and racially diverse students. His research agenda has garnered over $5 million in federal funding from the National Science Foundation (NSF). Below is a list of Dr. Fletcher’s current NSF grant projects:

  • 2022 – 2024 – Principal Investigator –Collaborative Research: Strategies to Improve the Recruitment and Retention of Black Male STEM Teachers. ($999,999) Award #2151029
  • 2020 – 2023 – Principal Investigator –Facilitating Pathways to Success for High-Achieving Pre-Collegiate African American Males in STEM. ($1,498,259) Award #2000472
  • 2016 – 2022 – Principal Investigator – The IT College and CAREERS Readiness Project: Career Academy Research on Educational Experiences and Related Successes ($1,176,099) Award #1614707