Dr. Prentice Chandler is Dean and Professor of the Eriksson College of Education at
Austin Peay State University in Clarksville (TN).
From 2013 – 2017, he was the Associate Director of Teacher Education and Leadership
and an Associate Professor of Social Studies Education at the University of Cincinnati
Prior to his time at Cincinnati, he was the Department Chair of Secondary Education
and an Associate/Assistant Professor of History and Social Science Education at Athens
State University (AL).
Before joining the professoriate, Dr. Chandler taught middle and high school social
studies in Limestone County, AL. He also taught in the geography department at the
University of North Alabama as an adjunct from 2002 – 2005.
Dr. Chandler's scholarship and writing interests are in the areas of history and social
studies education, critical race theory, academic freedom, authentic intellectual
work, and higher education leadership. Dr. Chandler has authored or coauthored approximately
50 works, including two books on teaching about race and racism within the social
studies curriculum. His most recent book, Reflections of a Rookie Dean: Lessons from
the First Year (2018) chronicles his first year as the Dean of the Eriksson College
of Education at APSU.
In 2007, Dr. Chandler was awarded the Defense of Academic Freedom Award from the National
Council for the Social Studies (NCSS) for his efforts teaching history in Alabama
public schools. In 2018, he was awarded the Notable Leader in Teacher Education Award
from the Alabama Association of Teacher Educators. He is a first-generation high school
graduate of Clements High School in north Alabama.