Dr. Christine Anne Royce is currently a professor in the teacher education department, serves as the co-director for the MAT in STEM Education program, and is the director for the BS in Professional Studies degree completion program at Shippensburg University (PA). She is a Past President for the National Science Teaching Association (NSTA) having served NSTA President in 2018-2019. Her teaching at the higher education level includes having served as an adjunct faculty member at the University of Scranton from 1998-2002 and again as an evaluating faculty member in the University of Scranton's online program for a period of time.
Royce has been a passionate educator and dedicated leader in the science education community for more than 25 years. Before moving to the university level, Royce taught at primarily the middle and high school levels teaching both science and math for twelve years; worked as an adjunct faculty member in the education department at the University of Scranton; and served as the academic dean at a high school where she also taught earth and space science and oversaw the implementation and use of technology.
She has been a featured speaker internationally and collaborated with programs that bring quality science and STEM Education to educators. She is a regular presenter at local, state, and national conferences.
Engaging in space exploration through children’s literature. Space Exploration and Literacy in the Curriculum Conference. Future African Space Explorer’s STEM Academy, South Africa (virtual).
- Leveraging technology for STEM instruction during a pandemic. Association for Science Education. (England, Virtual).
- International STEM crossvergence: Collaboration among associations and educators: STEM Integration. First Integrated STEM Asia Leadership Summit, STEM Leadership Alliance, Cebu City, Philippines. (with Elizabeth Allan, University of Central Oklahoma)
- White flip flops in Cebu: A socio-culturally relevant integrative STEM task. STEM Integration. First Integrated STEM Asia Leadership Summit, STEM Leadership Alliance, Cebu City, Philippines. (with Scott Bartholomew, Brigham Young University; Elizabeth Allan, University of Central Oklahoma; Bruce Wellman, Science Educator; David Barnes, National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, and Geraldine Gooding, American Society for Engineering Education)
- STEM fields: Making connections across academic fields and interests. 6th Annual Maryland Collegiate STEM Conference. (Virtual)(Invited Keynote)
- Engaging in the practice of communication within science education. Beijing International Symposium on Science Communication. (Beijing, China) (Invited Keynote)
Additional presentations can be found on her vitae.
In 2002, Royce moved on to accept a position as a professor at Shippensburg University. 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 a new online teaching certification program. She co-chairs the Emergent Technology Committee which examines how new, repurposed, and innovative technologies can be used to enhance classroom instruction. While Department Chairperson, the department was at the largest for student enrollment and faculty contingents. During this time, she also coordinated the development of specialty program area (SPA) reports and also managed the transition of legacy programs to the new programs when the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) developed new certification tracks. Additionally, throughout her tenure at Shippensburg, she also served as Assistant Chairperson for the Department, Chair and Secretary of the University Curriculum Committee, as a Dean's Associate for the Professional, Continuing, and Distance Education Division, and Technology Coordinator for Accreditation for the Department
Christine served as the President for the National Science Teaching Association in 2018-2019. During that time, her theme and focus was "We Stand for Students, We Stand for Science, Together, We Advocate for Science Education." Prior to being elected to the presidential chain, she served as the Division Director for Professional Development/Learning, as the District IV Director for the Council, and on numerous committees and panels. In addition to her work and commitment to NSTA, Royce is extremely active with other state and national organizations and STEM initiatives. She currently serves on the Statewide Steering Committee for the Pennsylvania Academic Standards for Science, Technology, Environment, and Ecology. Royce has also served as the treasurer for the National Science Education Leadership Association, was an NSF panel judge and chair for the Presidential Awards for Excellence in Science Teaching, and served as a STEM-UP PA participant in the STEM-UP Mentoring Program for Women in STEM Fields in Academia. She is the executive secretary, and twice served as the president of the Pennsylvania Science Teachers Association.
She has received the Provost's Award for Extraordinary Service at Shippensburg University, been selected as an Educational and Policy Level Fellow as part of the Educational and Policy Leadership Center's Statewide Program, and was named the first Faculty Technology Fellow at Shippensburg University. During her distinguished career, Royce has received a number of awards and honors. Her accomplishments also include receiving NSTA’s Fellow Award (2016), Pennsylvania Association of Colleges and Teacher Educators’ Teacher Educator of the Year Award (2010), New Jersey Science Teachers Association’s Pettix Award for Science Education (2007), National Association of Geoscience Teachers’ Outstanding Earth Science Teacher – Eastern Region (2003), the Woodrow Wilson National Memorial Fellowship (2000) and the Presidential Award for Excellence in Science and Mathematics Teaching (1997), the highest recognition that science/math educators can receive.
Her background merges preparation and experience in education, business, and instructional design. A presenter at the international level, she has been recognized nationally in the area of curriculum/resource development and standards integration, the use and integration of children’s literature within the elementary science classroom, and digital tools within the classroom. Her current scholarly focus is on the integration of children’s literature into science and STEM classes and utilizing digital tools and technology in classrooms for sensemaking. She is the author of the Teaching Through Trade Books column which appears in Science and Children and co-author of Teaching Science Through Trade Books. Recent book chapters include being co-author on Constructing meaning and engaging learners: Digital tools and practices in middle level science in Handbook of Research on Innovative Digital Practices to Engage Learners and The seeing of self and society in science: Literacy integration through biographical narratives in Handbook of Research on Science Literacy Integration in Classroom.
Royce earned a B.S. degree in elementary education from Cabrini College; an M.A. in Curriculum and Instruction from Delaware State University; an M.S. in Administration and Supervision from the University of Scranton. Knowing the value of cross content and the trend towards education being viewed from business perspectives, she completed a Masters of Business Administration (MBA) and certificates in Advanced Business Studies and Business Analytics from Shippensburg Univeristy (2015) where she was inducted into Betta Gamma Sigma having earned that recognition for being within the top 20% of her graduating class. She is certified is a Google Level I and II Educator and holds Online Teaching Certification through Quality Matters. Most recently she has been pursuing a degree in Instructional Design and Technology within the learner experience design track at Bloomsburg University. Her doctorate is in Curriculum, Instruction, and Technology Education - Science Education from Temple University.
She is interested in photography, genealogy research on her family, and historical fiction. In her spare time she travels, reads, loves to cook, and spends time with her friends and family.