Dr. Christian Legler is an assistant professor and the chair of the Department of Educational Foundations and Leadership. He also serves as the Education Career Pathways Faculty Liaison. Additionally, Dr. Legler developed and provides leadership to the EduCat Peer Mentoring Program. This program provides incoming freshman and transfer students with peer mentoring support until they have successfully fulfilled the requirements for advancement to educator preparation candidacy.
In service to Wayne State College and the teacher education profession, Dr. Legler serves on the Teaching and Learning Technology Committee. He is a member of the Association of Teacher Educators (ATE) and the American Educational Research Association (AERA). Dr. Legler also serves on the ATE Legislative and Governmental Relations Committee and is the co-chair of the ATE Self-Study Special Interest Group.
In 2018, Dr. Legler was one of eight teacher educators selected nationally to participate in the highly competitive ATE Emerging Scholars program. Dr. Legler was also among a special group of teacher educators selected to participate in the 2018 ATE Clinical Fellows program.
Dr. Legler is active in the Wayne Community. He is a member of the Rotary Club of Wayne and serves on the board of the Wayne Public Library Foundation. Dr. Legler is also a graduate of Leadership Wayne.
Before joining the faculty at Wayne State College in 2017, Dr. Legler worked in the non-profit sector for eight years. He then changed careers and worked as a high school science and social studies teacher in Jacksonville, Fla., for eight years.
Ph.D. Curriculum and Instruction, University of Florida, 2017
M.Ed. Curriculum and Instruction, University of Florida, 2013
B.S. Recreation, University of Florida, 1997
Dr. Legler’s research centers on innovative pedagogical practices, mentoring, and the use of technology through the various stages of teacher preparation and professional development. Additionally, Dr. Legler engages in self-study research on his teacher education practices. Recently, he has been researching WSC’s education career pathway partnership programs. Dr. Legler has presented his research to fellow teacher educators at several state and national conferences.