Dr. Victor Hernandez started with an undergraduate degree in Agronomy. Early in his career, he worked for several years at an agricultural experimental station contributing to the development of new varieties of corn and soybeans. His connection to education began as a Fulbright scholar at Virginia Tech where he earned a master's degree in Agricultural Education with concentration in International Agricultural Development, and later on a Ph.D. in Educational Research and Evaluation.
He served as Associate Researcher at the Center on Education and Work, University of Wisconsin-Madison, where directed national research projects examining new designs in career and technical education as part of the National Center for Research in Vocational Education (NCRVE). He also became a fan of Big Ten football during that time. He came to Florida late in the 1990s recruited by Florida State University in Tallahassee where he served as Associate Professor contributing to the Vocational Education and Educational Leadership programs. In the quest to find a position closer to extended family in the Midwest, he accepted a position as Senior Educational Researcher at the Center for Educational Technologies (CET)—a center sponsored by NASA—at Wheeling Jesuit University, where he conducted research and evaluation bridging core academics (STEM: Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) and career education. After a very cold winter, the timing was right for a USF recruitment pitch, and he and his family were ready to put the snow shovel away and move back to Florida.
Dr. Hernandez reports that living in Tampa has been very enjoyable and working at USF, contributing to the Career and Workforce Education program, has been extremely rewarding. You may visit his web page for further information on his professional background, research interests, publications, presentations, and current projects.