Dr. Fletcher facilitates the growth of early career secondary teachers through attention to integrated and collaborative learning experiences both in and around active school sites. His STEM teacher circle serves as a teacher induction model for collaborative professional development and support.

Dr. Fletcher received his PhD in Science Education after enthusiastically teaching for many years in both formal and informal secondary science classroom settings. His passion for understanding the workings of the natural world, keen interest in teacher cognition, and firm commitment to social justice serve him well at St. Edward's University, where he teaches both education and science courses. Dr. Fletcher has also been the principal investigator for an NSF Noyce Scholarship grant for the last seven years, and is active in teacher education research and service.

My goal is not to simply guide socially responsible students into becoming good teachers, but to inspire and motivate our alumni to become teachers for good. We live by the motto - 'those that can, teach'.

Academic Appointments

Associate Professor, 2012-present
Assistant Professor, 2006-2012

Year Started

2006

Education

Ph.D. in Science Education at University of Texas at Austin, Austin, Texas, 2006
M.Ed. in Science Education with 8-12 Biology teacher certification at University of Arizona, Tucson, Arizona, 2003
B.A in Renewable Natural Resources at University of Connecticut, Storrs, Connecticut, 1989.

Achievement & Involvement

Honors and Awards

2014, DeLayne Hudspeth Award for Innovative Instruction, St. Edward's University
2014-2015, Technology Learning and Teaching Roundtable Grant, St. Edward's University
2013, Exemplary Field-Based Program, CREATE
2009-2013, Presidential Excellence Grant, St. Edward's University
 

Community Service

I created and currently direct the Texas STEM Teacher Circle - A community-based and collaborative STEM teacher group that meets monthly to share ideas, learn from one another, and try new inquiry-based activities related to STEM teaching in the K-12 environment. Go to www.stemteachero.org for more information or to join us!

Conferences

I regularly present and attend teacher education conferences and meetings both regionally and nationally.

Research

Research

Dr. Fletcher has spent the last 13 years working to better understand teacher development from recruitment
into teacher preparation programs to induction for secondary science teachers. He has examined the evolution of pre-service science teacher beliefs and practices about science teaching and learning, factors that promote successful recruitment and retention into teacher preparation programs, and how reflection interacts with early field experiences for beginning teachers.

External Grants

Active Grants

NSF Robert Noyce Scholarship Phase II grant ($297,000) 2014-2017

Powell Foundation Texas Teacher Circle Project ($47,000) 2016-2017

Previously Awarded Grants

NSF Robert Noyce Scholarship Phase I grant ($885,000) 2008-2013
Powell Foundation Grant ($15,000) 2013-2014
3M Project Sustain ($20,000) 2011-2013
Austin Community Foundation ($4500) 2012-2013

Publications & Articles

Publications

Luft, J., Potter, T., & Fletcher, S. (2005). Guided by the standards: Inquiry and assessment in two rural and urban schools. In R. Yager (Ed.), Exemplary science in grades 9-12: Standards-based success stories. (pp 83-91). Arlington, VA: NSTA press.

Fletcher, S., & Luft, J. (2004). Did we cause this? In T. R. Koballa Jr. & D. J. Tippens (Eds.), Cases in middle and secondary science education: The promise and dilemmas (pp. 117-119). Upper SaddleRiver, NJ: Pearson.

Articles

Fletcher, S. S. and Luft, J. A. (2011). Early career secondary science teachers: A longitudinal study ofbeliefs in relation to field experiences. Science Education. doi: 10.1002/sce.20450

Fletcher, S & Luft, J. (2009). Early Career Secondary Science Teachers: A Longitudinal Study of Beliefs in Relation to Field Experiences. Proceedings of the 82nd National Association of Research in Science Teaching Annual Conference. Orange County, CA. National Association of Research in Science Teaching.

Fletcher, S. (2009). Negotiating Social Capital at the Intersection of University/School Partnerships. In J. Settlage & A. Johnston (Eds.), Proceedings of the Science Education at the Crossroads Conference (pp. 36-37). Portland, Or: National Science Foundation [Available online at www.sciedxroads.org/proceedings2009.html]

Fletcher, S. (2008). Teacher Program Development as Aikido: One Warrior Searches for Harmony. In J. Settlage & A. Johnston (Eds.), Proceedings of the Science Education at the Crossroads Conference (pp. 34-35). Alta, UT: National Science Foundation [Available online at www.sciedxroads.org/proceedings2008.html]

Luft, J., Lee, E., Fletcher, S., & Roehrig, G. (2007). Growing or wilting? Beginning Science biology teachers in a science-focused induction program. American Biology Teacher. 69, 6, 341-346.

Luft, J., Fletcher, S., & Fortney, B. (2005). Early recruitment of science teachers: Promising or problematicstrategy. Science Educator. 14, 41-48.

Presentations

Presentations

Peterson, L., Fletcher, S., Green Musselman, J., & Kennedy, B. (08/15). Signature Programs Information Session. Center for Teaching Excellence Annual Symposium. St. Edward’s University, Austin TX.

Fletcher, S. (08/15). Preparing for your first year. Keynote address – SEU Noyce Scholars Phase II Summer Retreat, Fredricksburg, TX.

Fletcher S. and Quinn, W. (05/15). Meaningful Imaging in the Biology Classroom. American Society for  Microbiology Educators Annual meeting. Austin TX.

Fletcher, S. (10/14). Project SUSTAIN – developing curriculum for informal science education sites. University of Georgia Science Education Invited Speaker Series. Athens GA. 

Fletcher, S. (10/14). Video analysis as a tool for teacher development. University of Georgia Science Education Invited Speaker Series. Athens GA. 

Fletcher, S. (10/14). Community and collaboration: STEM teacher induction using the teacher circle model.  University of Georgia Science Education Invited Speaker Series. Athens GA. 

Fletcher, S. (09/14). Examining Mendel’s Compost Pile: Mutated Cross-Pollination of the Vex/Ven Cycle in a Preservice Teacher Preparation Program. Science Education at the Crossroads Annual Conference, Portland OR.

Fletcher, S. (08/14). Making your Bed and other advice. SEU Medallion Ceremony Convocation address, St. Edward’s University, Austin TX.

Fletcher, S. (03/14). Texas STEM Teacher Circle. Skillpoint Alliance Quarterly Meeting. Austin TX

Fletcher, S. And Tillotson, J. (01/14). Forging collaborative relationships between large and small universities – A conversation around science teacher development. Association for Science Teacher Education Annual Meeting. San Antonio, TX.

Fletcher S., and Simpson, G. (09/13). St. Edward’s University Secondary Teacher Preparation Program. Invited Poster for Exemplary Field-Based Program Award at Annual CREATE meeting. Austin TX.

Fletcher, S., Simpson, G, Blair, D., & Newman, C. (09/13). Using video as a tool for teacher development and program evaluation. CREATE Annual Meeting, Austin TX.

Fletcher, S. & Villanueva, S. (08/13). An overview of IRB rules and policies. Center for Teaching Excellence Annual Symposium. St. Edward’s University, Austin TX

Fletcher, S. (08/13). Responding to Disruptive Innovation. Plenary Panel presentation, Center for Teaching Excellence Annual Symposium. St. Edward’s University, Austin TX

Fletcher, S. (11/12). Building a community of nerds: Four Years of the SEU Noyce program. 2012-13 Faculty Talks on Scholarly, Creative, and Professional Work, St. Edward’s University. Austin, TX.

Fletcher, S. (09/12). Hunched on the volcano – Professional identity and ungraded student work. Science Education at the Crossroads Annual Conference, Providence, RI.    

Fletcher, S., & Sanhueza-Lyon, J., (05/12). Professional Identity as an Educator: The role of social media. NSF Noyce Annual Conference, Washington DC.

Fletcher, S., et al (05/12). All hands on deck: Pre-service stem teachers on a co-generative journey, NSF Noyce Annual conference. Washington, D.C.

Fletcher, S. (10/11). Honey, call the plumber. Science Education at the Crossroads Annual Conference, Providence, RI.    

Fletcher, S., Simpson, G., Naples, C., & Quinn, B. (07/11). Unplugging the STEM teacher recruitment   pipeline from Community College to University. NSF Noyce Annual Conference, Washington, DC.  

Fletcher, S (04/11). Unplugging the Math and Science Teacher Pipeline: Recruitment from Community Colleges. Austin Science Education at the Crossroads Conference, Austin, TX.

Rodriguez, S., Fletcher, S., & Huff, C. (03/11). Unpacking mentorship: Voices from science teachers that mentor preservice teacher candidates. National Science Teacher Association Annual Meeting, San   Francisco, CA.

Fletcher, S. Sessions, A. & Naples, C. (7/10). Factors related to recruitment: The St. Edward’s University Robert Noyce Scholars program Year Two findings. Poster presented at the NSF Robert Noyce  Program Annual Conference, Washington,  DC.

Fletcher, S., Naples, C., & Sessions, A. (07/10). Building a Noyce Partnership between a University/Community College. Noyce Annual Conference, Washington DC.

Fletcher, S (03/10) Science teacher recruitment and the Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship Program: Promising strategies and possible connections. Symposium paper accepted at the National    Association for Research in Science Teaching annual meeting, Philadephia, PA.  

Fletcher, S (09/09). Negotiating social capital at the intersection of university / school district partnerships, Paper presented at the Science Education at the Crossroads annual conference, Portland Or.

Embry-Jenlink, K. & Fletcher, S. (07/09). Building a sustainable STEM educator pathway: The St. Edward’s University Robert Noyce Scholars program Year One. Poster presented at the NSF Robert Noyce Program Annual Conference, Washington DC.

Fletcher, S.& Luft, J. (04/09) Early career secondary science teachers: A longitudinal study of beliefs in  relation to field experiences. Paper presented at the National Association for Research in Science Teaching annual meeting, Orange County, Ca. 

Fletcher, S (01/09).  Strand Coordinator – Teacher Beliefs and Practices, Association for Science Teacher Education Annual Conference, Hartford, Ct.

Sloan, K., & Fletcher. S. (10/08). Assessment Literacy in the classroom. Invited professional development workshop for Covington Middle School faculty, October 13th, Austin TX. 

Fletcher, S (2008). Teacher Program Development as Aikido: One Warrior Searches for Harmony. Paper presented at the Science Education at the Crossroads annual conference, Alta, UT.

Fletcher, S., Roehrig, G., Tobin, K., Bell, R., & Beeth, M. (2008). Lost in the crevasse : Perspectives on the relationship between theory and practice in science education. Paper set presented at the Association for Science Teacher Education annual meeting, St. Louis, MO.

Fletcher, S. (10/07). Challenging pre-service teacher beliefs about teaching and learning and the theory/practice conundrum. Paper presented at the Science Education at the Crossroads annual conference, Amherst, MA. 

Fletcher, S. (1/07). Exploring the Beliefs and Practices of Five Pre-service Secondary Science Teachers From Recruitment through Induction in a University Preparation Program: A Longitudinal Study.  Paper presented at the Association for Science Teacher Education annual meeting, Clearwater, FL.

Fletcher, S. (10/06). Death to power point! Appropriate technology for the contemporary science classroom.  Presentation at the Dana Center’s Conference for Higher Education annual meeting, Lakeway, TX.

Fletcher, S. (9/06). Building a Science Education Program at a Small University. Paper presented at the  Annual Science Education at the Crossroads Conference, Ogden UT.

Brown, M., Roehrig, G., Kern, A., Luft, J., & Fletcher, S. (4/06). Predominant paradigms of beginning science teachers: The development of a nature of science instrument. Paper      presented at the National Association of Research in Science Teaching annual meeting, San Francisco, CA.

Fletcher, S., Brown, M., Ursal, S., Crawford, H., Luft, J., & Roehrig, G. (1/06).  Preliminary Findings from a  multi-year secondary science teacher induction study. Paper presented at the Association for Science Teacher Education annual meeting, Portland, OR.

Fletcher, S., & Luft, J. (4/05). Punctuated Equilibrium or gradual growth? Factors that influence pre-service secondary science teachers beliefs. Paper presented at the National Association of Research in Science annual meeting, Dallas, TX.

Fletcher, S., & Luft, J (2/05). Linking reflective practice and science as inquiry during an early field experience: Lessons learned. Paper presented at the Southwest Association for Science Teacher   Education annual meeting, San Antonio TX.

Fletcher, S., Luft, J., & Roehrig, G. (1/05). Teach/Reteach: The impact of a 2 X 3 day teaching experience on preservice science teacher reflection  Paper presented at the Association for the Education of Teachers of Science annual meeting, Colorado Springs, CO.

Fletcher, S., Luft, J., & Fortney, B. (1/05). Three steps forward or two steps back/ Impacts on the beliefs and knowledge of preservice science teachers. Paper presented at the Association for the Education of Teachers of Science annual meeting, Colorado Springs, CO.

Fortney, B., Luft, J., & Fletcher, S. (4/04) Informing expectations for early recruitment programs:  Explorations among science teachers in a science teacher preparation program. Paper presented at the National Association of Research in Science Teaching annual meeting, Vancouver, BC.

Fletcher, S. (11/02). Social ecology in underserved communities; Using science to connect students to their communities. Paper presented at the National Science Teachers Association annual meeting, Albuquerque, NM.

Fletcher S. (10/99). Acres of Insects: using live aquatic insects in high school science classrooms. National Association of Biology Teachers annual meeting, Fort Worth, TX.