Dr. Steven H. Fairchild
Education: Instructor, Elementary Education
Dr. Steven Fairchild, now working at Lycoming College as an adjunct professor in the Education Department, comes home to PA after 28 years living and working in Harrisonburg, Virginia at James Madison University (JMU). Dr. Fairchild, JMU Professor Emeritus and Associate Dean Emeritus, was a faculty member in the JMU Early Childhood Education program from September 1979 until his retirement July 2007. Having earned a B.S. in Elementary Education and M.S. in Early Childhood Education from Bloomsburg University in Pennsylvania, Dr. Fairchild taught third grade and kindergarten for seven years in Lewisburg, PA public schools. In May 1979, he completed requirements for a Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction with concentration in Early Childhood Education at the Pennsylvania State University in State College, PA.
Dr. Fairchild's university teaching responsibilities included courses in early childhood science education, early/elementary constructivist curriculum, and creativity theories. His focus of study was Piagetian psychology. Dr. Fairchild was an active conference presenter and writer in early childhood and science education professional associations and publications. During his tenure at JMU, he was the recipient of four Dwight D. Eisenhower grants for early childhood science education and was named the Outstanding Teacher of the College of Education in three different years. He was also the 1999 recipient of the Virginia Association for Early Childhood Education "Award for Outstanding Service to Virginia's Children." At Lycoming College, Dr. Fairchild teaches Elementary Science Education and is assisting the Education Department in development of an Early Childhood Education teacher certification program.