Faculty Spotlight: Dr. Christine Royce

Where were you born/grow up?

Scranton, PA

What brought you to Ship? How long have you been here?

When I finished my doctoral degree, I was looking to move to teaching in a College of Education and specifically focusing on Science Education as that was my degree area. At that point, Shippensburg University had a position announcement for someone in teacher education that would focus on just that – science education. I actually interviewed for the position on April Fool’s Day in 2002 and was offered the position a few weeks later. I’m now in my 16th year at Shippensburg.

What is your educational background?

Varied. My undergraduate degree is in Elementary Education with a minor in Psychology from Cabrini College. After starting to teach, I began to complete graduate work in the Earth and Physical Sciences that lead to secondary certification in Earth and Space Science and General Science. I obtained a Master’s of Arts in Curriculum and Instruction from Delaware State University, a Master’s of Science in Administration and Supervision from the University of Scranton, and my Doctorate in Education – Curriculum, Instruction, Technology Education – Science Education from Temple University. In 2013 I returned to school and enrolled in the Master’s of Business Administration at Shippensburg University which I completed in 2015. Interestingly enough this degree was entirely online.

What do you teach at Shippensburg University?

Within the Teacher Education Department, I teach a variety of classes ranging from Elements of Research and Curriculum Design classes at the graduate level, and courses that are for the middle level education program such as Teaching Science in the Middle Level Classroom. Within the STEM program, I teach two different classes as part of the cohort program and have supervised student teachers. I also teach different classes in the Online Learning Environments (ONLE) graduate certificate program. 

What do you like best about teaching online?

Teaching online is a great opportunity to work with many students and teachers who are in many different areas. By bringing diverse groups together in an online environment allows students to share in a variety of ways. First and foremost, asynchronous online instruction provides students with the students with flexibility to meet their schedule and complete learning experiences. This also helps students who tend to be deeper thinkers and need more time to respond. Using discussion boards, online assignments, and a variety of digital tools, instruction can be presented in a way that allows students to take their time and engage in the content. Furthermore, online instruction helps to personalize learning to meet the needs of a wider variety of students enrolling in or returning to school in a digital age.

What’s something fun/unusual/surprising about you?

My hobbies consist of genealogy research for my family. This is a wonderful way to incorporate different areas that I enjoy such as research and travel with finding out more about my family’s history. I took up chasing golf balls about two years ago (I won’t quite go as far to say I play golf but I try); and have also recently started to take ballroom dance lessons. Beyond those activities of late, I enjoy travelling and working with science education colleagues across the country. Random fact – I have three cats – all of which have astronomical names.