FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 14, 2023
Contact: Dominique Frascoia
ACTE Announces North Carolina Associate Professor as National Award Finalist
ALEXANDRIA, VA—Today, the Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE) announced James E. Bartlett, II, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Workforce and Community College Leadership at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia, as the 2023 ACTE Region II Lifetime Achievement and Hall of Fame award. This award recognizes the finest career and technical education (CTE) educators at the middle/secondary school and postsecondary levels who have demonstrated innovation in the classroom, commitment to their students and dedication to the improvement of CTE in their institutions and communities.
James E. Bartlett, II, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor of Workforce and Community College Leadership at Old Dominion University as serves as a faculty member in the online Ph.D. programs in Workforce and Organizational Development as well as Community College Leadership. Dr. Bartlett is also a research affiliate with the Center for Community College Student Engagement. James has served as a faculty member at the University of Illinois, University of South Carolina, and North Carolina State University as well as a research associate with the Office of Community College Leadership and Research and the National Research Center for Career and Technical Education Research. For 17 years, James directed the Ed.D. program in Community College Leadership at NC State University leading the growth and revisioning to include workforce development. Additionally, during his time at NC State, he served as the Director of Academic Programs for the Belk Center for Community College Leadership and Research and the Community College. James’ lead the development and served as the first program coordinator at NC State for the Community College and Career Education concentration in the Educational Leadership, Policy, and Human Development Ph.D.
James has been a high school business teacher, where he taught business teacher education courses, and currently leads career and technical education efforts in the community college leadership program. Dr. Bartlett has chaired over 75 dissertations and has published over 70 articles, book chapters, proceedings, and papers related to workforce development. James regularly presents at national conferences and has served as the editor of the CTER Journal. In 2011 and 2021, Dr. Bartlett served as the Association for Career and Technical Education Research (ACTER) president. Currently, he is the PI on the Postsecondary CTE Research Fellows Program, funded by the ECMC Foundation, which has received over 3 million dollars in funding to develop a network of CTE researchers. This project is has served over 50 Fellows to conduct research to improve postsecondary CTE. He was also the Co-Pi on a 10.8 million dollar grant that established the Belk Center for Community College Leadership and Research and supported North Carolina community and technical college leaders’ development. The greatest joy in his professional career comes from seeing the success and career advancement of his previous students, fellows, and mentees.
Bartlett is one of five finalists for the 2024 national title. The national winner will be announced at the ACTE Awards Gala, an award presentation recognizing the best CTE educators in the country. The event will take place on November 29, 2023, at 7:00 p.m. The Awards Gala is sponsored by Express Employment Professionals, Goodheart-Willcox, The Army, and Stratasys. For more information about the ACTE Excellence Awards, visit our webpage.
The Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE) is the nation’s largest not-for-profit association committed to the advancement of education that prepares youth and adults for successful careers. ACTE represents the community of CTE professionals, including educators, administrators, researchers, school counselors, guidance and career development professionals and others at all levels of education. ACTE is committed to excellence in providing advocacy, public awareness and access to resources, professional development and leadership opportunities.