Graduate Advisor & Coordinator of Graduate Programs
Office: PED 112
Dr. Eichler has office hours on campus and in Round Rock. Students
may e-mail him to schedule an appointment.
Ph.D. University of Minnesota, August 2008, Major: Education: Work, Community, and Family Education. Adult Education Specialization. Dissertation topic: Being and Becoming Straight Ally Activists of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender People.
M.Ed. University of Minnesota, December 2003, Major: Work, Community, and Family Education.
B.S. University of Minnesota, August 2000, Major: Agricultural Education.
Additional Coursework in: Divinity and Theology (United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities, New Brighton, MN), Special Education (University of Minnesota), and Youth Studies (University of Minnesota).
Teacher Certifications in Agricultural Education (Minnesota and Texas), Adult Basic Education (Minnesota), Technology Applications (Texas), Business Education (Texas), Special Education (Texas), and Technology Education (Texas)
Dr. Eichler is a native of Minnesota, where he grew up on a dairy farm near Oak Park, Minnesota. He has a wide array of experiences working in educational settings in Minnesota, from public schools to after school programs to informal youth work, elementary to high school. He served as a teacher of high school agriculture in Lake City, Minnesota. His research interests include learning and identity around lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex, two-spirit, queer and allies, distance learning, vocational identity development of adult students, international research collaboration, and systems theory. He speaks and organizes conferences around the United States, Canada, and the Philippines, and is sought as an expert in understand straight-identified allies of LGBTQ2I people in faith, community, educational, and corrections settings.
Dr. Eichler has written numerous chapters and articles. He is a reviewer for multiple journals in Adult Education and Human Resource Development and is a consulting reviewer for book publishers in the area of qualitative research methods in the social sciences, education, and applied disciplines. He speaks on issues of queer and ally identity, disability identity, qualitative research methods, and honey bees. Additionally, he serves as an expert practitioner in distance and online education. He also serves at the chair of the university’s Distance and Extended Learning Steering Committee. He is currently the coordinator of the graduate programs in the department. When he is not writing, teaching, or working with colleagues and students, he enjoys knitting, bicycling, baking bread, and traveling to Minnesota.