Dr. Christine Anne Royce serves as an external subject matter expert in the areas of curriculum, instruction, and marketing for VFAQ. She is currently a professor in the teacher education department and co-director for the MAT in STEM Education program at Shippensburg University in Shippensburg, Pennsylvania having joined the faculty in 2002. In her current position, Royce—who served three consecutive terms as the chair of the teacher education department—teaches classes in science education, assessment, curricular planning and research design at the undergraduate and graduate levels and implemented an online teaching certification program Royce has been a passionate educator and dedicated leader in the science education community for more than 25 years. She brings with her experience working at the elementary, middle, and secondary school level in both public and private schools having taught science, math, and serving in administrative roles. She holds instructional and administrative certificates in Pennsylvania, Delaware, and Virginia.
Her academic preparation includes a B.S. degree in elementary education from Cabrini College with a minor in psychology, a M.A. degree in curriculum and instruction from Delaware State University, a M.S. degree in school administration and supervision from the University of Scranton, a M.B.A. from Shippensburg University, an MSIT in Instructional Design and Learning and an Ed.D. in curriculum, instruction and technology education from Temple University.
During her distinguished career, Royce has received a number of awards and honors. Her accomplishments include receiving NSTA’s Fellow Award (2016), UPCEA Excellence in Teaching Award (2016), Pennsylvania Association of Colleges and Teacher Educators’ Teacher Educator of the Year Award (2010), National Association of Geoscience Teachers’ Outstanding Earth Science Teacher – Eastern Region (2003), and the Woodrow Wilson National Memorial Fellowship (2000). Royce was also named a 1997 Presidential Awardee for Excellence in Science Teaching.
Throughout her entire career, she has been an advocate for experiential learning that involves application and inquiry on the student’s part. External to her position at Shippensburg, Dr. Christine Anne Royce is a past president of the National Science Teaching Association (NSTA) having completed her term as 2018-2019 President. Her involvement with NSTA has been extensive having been elected to the NSTA board as director of professional development (2009-2012) and prior to that serving in the role of district IV director (2006-2009). She is the column author for Teaching Through Trade Books which appears in Science and Children and has authored multiple books.
She first became connected to Valley Forge Military Academy in the United States more than 35 years ago. She was invited to serve on the Academy Oversight Committee in July 2018 and joined the Board of Trustees in 2019 having had experience working at Valley Forge Military Academy from 1988 through 1992. She served as an Assistant Camp Commandant for the summer camp program. Additionally, she worked in the Senior ROTC Department for nearly two years as an Administration and Operations Specialist.
When not busy taking classes or traveling, Royce enjoys genealogy, playing volleyball, and attempting to play golf.