Michael Svec

Professor of Education

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As a member of the Education Department, Michael Svec teaches all levels of science methods, a freshmen seminar on Mars, graduate course on culture of American schools, and perspectives on American education. He is also the coordinator for the science education interdisciplinary minor. Professional activities include physics and astronomy education, implementing technology in science classrooms, and inquiry in the K-12 classroom. During the winter and spring of 2005, Dr. Svec was a Fulbright Scholar in the Czech Republic teaching science education courses at Ostrava and Palacky Universities


  • Fulbright Scholar to Czech Republic
  • Delegate Hanban/Confucius Institute
  • President of Southeastern Association for Science Teacher Education


  • Ph.D., Indiana University-Bloomington
  • B.S., University of Illinois-Urbana​


  • Svec M., and Winiski M. "SF and speculative novels: Confronting the science and fiction" IN Challenging Genres: Science fiction and speculative fiction. P. Thomas (ed), 2013. Boston: Sense Publishers, pp. 35-57.
  • Svec, M. "Empowerment through cultural inquiries." IN Becoming and being a teacher: Confronting traditional norms to create new democratic realities, P. Thomas (ed). 2013. New York: Peter Lang, pp. 273-283.
  • Nezvalová, D. & Svec, M. (2008). Trends in science teacher training: Experience in the United States and the Czech Republic. International Journal of Learning, 15 (10) 11-22. ISSN 1447-9494.
  • Svec, M. (2007, November). Reflections on Czech Science Teaching. The Science Teacher, 74 (8) 64-67. ISSN 0036-8555.