John Howe ’21EDD Engineering and Technology PhD student accepted to North Carolina State Faculty Program Preparation Program

NC State College of Education doctoral student John Howe ’21EDD has been accepted into NC State University’s Preparation of the teaching program (PTP). As a 2020-21 PTP Fellow, Howe will attend regular workshops and establish a mentoring relationship with a faculty member from the College of Education.

“I entered the technology education program without any vocational education training, let alone higher education,” Howe said. “Over the past three years, I have developed quiet skills and look forward to integrating them into a cohesive whole.

Howe, who is suing an Ed.D. in STEM learning and teaching in the field of studies in engineering and technology education, serves as a research and teaching assistant in the undergraduate program in technology, engineering and design.

Having worked as an entrepreneur in the information technology industry for 35 years, Howe saw the PhD program in Engineering and Technology as the perfect fit for him. He wanted a career change that would challenge him, but also allow him to leverage his existing knowledge, skills and expertise, while making a difference.

“Working with and tackling at least some of the challenges faced by students living and learning in a digital world has rekindled in me a sense of enthusiasm and determination,” he said.

As a PTP Fellow, Howe will benefit from hands-on teaching opportunities under the guidance of a distinguished faculty mentor recognized for his teaching skills.

Faculty Preparation (PTP), established in 1993, is a nationally recognized program designed to provide outstanding doctoral students and postdoctoral fellows with an immersive experience of mentoring, teaching, and future faculty preparation. This is a flagship program of the NC State Graduate School’s professional development initiative.

The inspiring tech educator feels ecstatic, empowered and humbled to have been selected for the PTP. Through the program, he hopes to learn to be the best educator possible.

Howe, who considers himself a “digital tech nerd” and has been passionate about science and engineering since childhood, is currently researching digital competence, where he analyzes student beliefs and practices.

“Digital competence refers to the confident and critical use of the full range of digital technologies for information, communication and basic problem solving in all aspects of life,” he said. “These skills relate to logical and critical thinking, high-level information management skills and well-developed communication skills. “

After graduation, Howe plans to teach in higher education, continue his research and expand the scope to include teachers and administrators.

The PTP program is open to doctoral students and postdoctoral researchers who plan to pursue a career as faculty members in colleges and universities. Up to 30 fellows are selected each year for the one-year program. Acceptance is very competitive.