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Associate Professor of Education, Furman University

Michael Svec graduated from the University of Illinois-Urbana with a degree in physics. After graduation he remained in Urbana and taught at University High School and Parkland College resulting in discovering a teaching vocation. He earned a Ph.D. in curriculum and instruction (secondary science) from Indiana University-Bloomington in 1994. After graduation, he was an assistant professor of education at Rockhurst College in Kansas City until joining Furman University in 1998.

As a member of Furman’s Education Department, Svec teaches all levels of science methods, perspectives on American education, and a graduate course on culture of American schooling. He also directs the science education interdisciplinary minor. Professional activities include grants for professional development of teachers, astronomy and physics education, school cultures, and inquiry in the K-12 classroom. During the winter/spring of 2005 he was a Fulbright Scholar in the Czech Republic teaching science education courses at Ostrava and Palacky Universities.


  • 1998–2015
    Associate Professor, Furman University
  • 1994–1998
    Assistant Professor, Rockhurst University


  • 1994 
    Indiana University-Bloomington, Ph.D., Curriculum and Instruction
  • 1988 
    University of Illinois-Urbana, B.S., physics

Professional Memberships

  • National Science Teachers Association
  • Association for Science Teacher Education
  • American Astronomical Society


Fulbright Scholar, 2005