Dr. James Stringfield joined the faculty in 1997 as an associate professor of teacher education and was named to head teacher education at the College in 1998. He promoted to the rank of professor of teacher education in 2005. In 2009, he was named as Dean of the Goodman School of Education with responsibilities for both teacher education and physical education departments. A former high school science teacher, Stringfield came to Catawba from the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown, where he served as associate professor and coordinator of secondary education, program director of science education and director of the UPJ Center for Mathematics and Science Education.
He received his bachelor's and master's degree and doctorate from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. During his tenure at Catawba, he successfully collaborated with colleagues in leading the unit through two highly successful continuing accreditation visits from the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) and the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction (NCDPI).
He also re-established science education programs in biology, chemistry, comprehensive science, and middle grades science in cooperation with faculty from science and teacher education and worked with Environmental Science faculty to establish a new major in Environmental Education in 2006-2007. Working with faculty and Academic Computing, he expanded the educational computing laboratory. He was also successful in collaborating with colleagues to win a number of grants, including those from the Proctor Foundation, Duke Power, and AT&T.
In fall 2006, the department received a $250,000 grant from an anonymous donor to establish the Shirley Peeler Ritchie Academy for Teaching. Dr. Stringfield was recipient of the Clifford C. and Lillian A. Peeler Professor Endowed professorship in 2006. Previous honors include being named North Carolina's Outstanding Biology Teacher, sponsored by the National Association of Biology Teachers in 1988 and honored as a "Teacher's Teacher" by area educators at a banquet sponsored by an ad hoc committee of colleagues at the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown in 1997. Dr. Stringfield has conducted numerous workshops as well as presented at local, state and national conferences. An active member of First Baptist Church of Salisbury, he recently returned from a mission trip (summer 2009) to the Ukraine where he worked with Hungarian gypsy children.