Michael Svec, Ph.D.
Professor of Education

Furman University
Department of Education
3300 Poinsett Highway
Greenville SC 29613
o: 864.294.3380


I was born in Berwyn, Illinois, a near west suburb of Chicago. In 1988, I graduated from the University of Illinois-Urbana with a degree in physics.  After graduation I remained in Urbana and taught at University High School and Parkland College resulting in discovering a teaching vocation. I earned a Ph.D. in curriculum and instruction (secondary science) from Indiana University-Bloomington in 1994. After graduation, I 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, I teach all levels of science methods, a freshmen seminar on Mars, graduate course on culture of American schools, and perspectives on American education. I am also the advisor for the Science education interdisciplinary minor. My professional activities include professional development of teachers, international educational comparisons, teacher beliefs as expressed in metaphors, and inquiry in the K-12 classroom. During the winter/spring of 2005 I was a Fulbright Scholar in the Czech Republic teaching science education courses at Ostrava and Palacky Universities.