Wayne State College

Christian Legler

Christian Legler, Ph.D., is the Interim Dean for the School of Education and Behavioral Sciences. Before acting as the Interim Dean, he served as an associate professor and chair of the Educational Foundations and Leadership Department at Wayne State College.

In service to Wayne State College and the teacher education profession, Legler serves on the Teaching and Learning Technology Committee. Dr. Legler also serves as the Education Career Pathways Faculty Liaison and provides leadership to the clinical practice experience. He is an active member of the Association of Teacher Educators (ATE) and the Nebraska Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (NACTE). Additionally, Legler is the Co-Principal Investigator for a $1.2 million National Science Foundation Noyce Grant.

In 2018, Legler was one of eight teacher educators selected nationally to participate in the highly competitive ATE Emerging Scholars program. Also, Legler was among a special group of teacher educators selected to participate in the 2018 ATE Clinical Fellows program.

Legler is active in the Wayne Community. He is a member of the Rotary Club of Wayne, chairs the Christian Education Ministries Committee at Our Savior Lutheran Church, and serves on the board of the Wayne Public Library Foundation. In addition, Legler is a graduate of Leadership Wayne.

Before joining the faculty at Wayne State College in 2017, Legler worked in the non-profit sector for eight years. Then, he changed careers and taught science and social studies courses at William M. Raines High School 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

Academic Interests

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, Legler engages in self-study research on his teacher education practices. Recently, he has been researching WSC’s education career pathway partnership programs. Legler has presented his research to fellow teacher educators at several state and national conferences.