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Dr. Prentice Chandler appointed new dean of Martha Dickerson Eriksson College of Education

CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. — Dr. Prentice T. Chandler has been appointed as the new dean of Austin Peay State University’s Martha Dickerson Eriksson College of Education, effective July 1.

CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. — Dr. Prentice T. Chandler has been appointed as the new dean of Austin Peay State University’s Martha Dickerson Eriksson College of Education, effective July 1.

Dr. Chandler comes from the University of Cincinnati, where he served as associate director of teacher education and leadership, as well as an associate professor in its School of Education. During his time at Cincinnati, Dr. Chandler oversaw programs in middle childhood education, secondary education, special education and educational leadership. As an educator, Chandler taught courses in social studies education, diversity and critical race theory.

Prior to Cincinnati, Dr. Chandler served as department head of secondary education and a professor of secondary history and social science education at Athens State University from 2006-2013.

Dr. Chandler’s research interests include social studies methods, critical race theory, academic freedom, authentic intellectual work and flipped pedagogy. Some of his published work has appeared in Social Education, Social Studies Research and Practice, Teacher Education Quarterly, Educational Philosophy and Theory and the Journal of Social Studies Research.

His recent book, “Doing Race in Social Studies: Critical Perspectives,” published in 2015, examines Critical Race Theory (CRT) applications in social studies teaching and learning. Dr. Chandler’s forthcoming book, titled “Race Lessons: Using Inquiry to Teach About Race in Social Studies,” is set to be published in 2017.

“Dr. Chandler is goal oriented and he gets things accomplished,” Dr. Jaime Taylor, dean of APSU’s College of Science and Mathematics, said. “In addition, he was a first-generation high school graduate. He is familiar with the type of students that attend Austin Peay, and he knows how to help them be successful.”

Dr. Chandler earned his Bachelor of Science in Education in 2000 and a Master of Arts in Education in 2002, both from the University of North Alabama. He received his Ed.S. in 2004 and his Ph.D. in secondary education in 2007, both from the University of Alabama. Before joining higher education, Dr. Chandler taught high school social studies in Alabama.

Dr. Chandler is replacing Dr. Carlette Hardin, who recently announced her retirement as dean of the Martha Dickerson Eriksson College of Education after serving in her position since 2010.

For more information about the Martha Dickerson Eriksson College of Education, visit www.apsu.edu/education.