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Thomas Chandler

Professional Background

Educational Background

PhD   Teachers College, Columbia University

MA     Teachers College, Columbia University

BA      Rutgers College

Scholarly Interests

Thomas Chandler, PhD, is an Associate Research Scientist at the National Center for Disaster Preparedness, The Earth Institute, Columbia University and an Adjunct Assistant Professor, Arts and Humanities, at Teachers College, Columbia University. 

He is the Principal Investigator of a $398,000 two year grant with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control examining the public health systems response to Hurricane Sandy in the New York City area. He is also an investigator for a two-year National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) study on the effects of environmental hazards on Sandy response workers and homeowners in hard-hit areas. Additionally, he is a lecturer for the United States Telecommunications Training Institute.

He focuses on the human impact of natural disasters, geographic and social networks, community preparedness, and sustainability education. He has authored several book chapters and journal articles related to these themes. His work has appeared in the Journal of Social Studies Research, the National Council for Social Studies Bulletin, and in Interactive Learning Environments. As part of a grant with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, he is been developing and evaluating curricula pertaining to disaster response and the needs of socially and geographically vulnerable populations.

He recently served on the following Dissertation Committee at Teachers College, Columbia University:  Crowdsourcing for natural disaster response: An evaluation of crisis mapping the 2010 Haitian earthquake by Feighery, Annie, Ed.D., 2014

Selected Publications

 

  • Chandler, T., Crocco, M, & Marri, R. (2014). Systems Thinking about Severe Storms in Social Studies Education, In K.D. Thomas, & H.E. Muga, (Eds.) Handbook of Research on Pedagogical Innovations for Sustainable Development, pgs 348-367, IGI Global, Hershey, PA

  • Chandler, T. & Beedasy, J. (2014). Using Mobile Devices for Disaster Preparedness, Response, and Recovery: A Framework for K-12 Schools, In H. An, S. Alon, & D. Fuentes, (Eds.), Tablets in K-12 Education: Integrated Experiences and Implications, IGI Global, Hershey, PA

  • Crocco, M., Marri, A., & Chandler, T. (2013). Social Studies and Sustainability: A Global Competency Framework, Schooling for Sustainable Development in Canada and the United States (edited by John Chi Kin Lee and Michel Phillips) Springer Publishing, 4: 169-182

  • Chandler, T. & Marri, A. (2012). Civic Engagement about Climate Change: A Case Study of Three Educators and their Practice. Journal of Social Studies Research, 36 (1), 31-58. 

  • Levin, K. & Chandler, T. (2012) Climate Change and Disaster Preparedness, Disaster Nursing and Emergency Preparedness, third edition, (edited by Tener Goodwin Veenema) Springer Publishing, LLC New York  

  • Chandler, T. Park, Y, Levin, K, & Morse, S. (2011). The Incorporation of Hands-On Tasks in an Online Course: An Analysis of a Blended Learning Environment Interactive Learning Environments
     
  • Crocco, M. & Chandler, T. (2010). Hurricane Katrina: A Toxic Mix of Social and Geographic Vulnerability, The Human Impact of Natural Disasters, (Edited by Valerie Ooka Pang, William R. Fernekes , and Jack L. Nelson), National Council of Social Studies http://www.socialstudies.org/publications/books
     
  • Chandler, T., Qureshi, K., Gebbie, K., & Morse, S. (2008). Teaching Emergency Preparedness: Use of Blended Learning in Web-Based Training, Public Health Reports

  • Chandler, T & An, H. (2007). Using Geographic Information Systems (GIS) to Augment Student Learning in Social Studies Innovate Journal of Online Education  

REPORTS

  • New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (2010) New York State Sea Level Rise Task Force: Report to the Legislature: Chandler, T. Infrastructure Work Group contributor

  • Culp, D., Redlener, I,  & Chandler, T. (2010) Climate Change and the Public’s Health: The Coming Crisis for the U.S. Gulf Coast  National Center for Disaster Preparedness Whitepaper

  • Chandler, T (2009) Geospatial Intelligence and Social Data National Center for Disaster Preparedness Whitepaper

  • Gaudelli, W., Chandler,T., & Odamtten, Y.(2007) A Sense Of Place, A Sense Of Home: Using Geography To Understand The Levees Catastrophe Teaching The Levees: A Curriculum for Democratic Dialogue and Civic Engagement, Chapter 7, Teachers College Press 

  • Gaudelli, W., Chandler,T., & Odamtten, Y.(2007) Learning From History in an Effort to Understand the Tragedy of Katrina Teaching The Levees: A Curriculum for Democratic Dialogue and Civic Engagement, Chapter 7, Teachers College Press 

biographical information

Thomas Chandler, PhD, is an Associate Research Scientist at the National Center for Disaster Preparedness, The Earth Institute, Columbia University and an Adjunct Assistant Professor at Teachers College, Columbia University. He is the Principal Investigator of a $398,000 two year grant with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control examining the public health systems response to Hurricane Sandy in the NYC Area. He is also an investigator for a two-year National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) study on the effects of environmental hazards on Sandy response workers and homeowners in hard-hit areas. Additionally, he is a lecturer for the United States Telecommunications Training Institute.

personal news

A Conversation about Japan and Disaster Preparedness
http://www.tc.edu/news.htm?articleID=7913

On Location
http://www.tc.columbia.edu/news.htm?articleID=8056

E-Learning’s Potential Scrutinized in Flu Crisis
http://www.edweek.org/ew/articles/2009/05/13/31swinetech-2.h28.html

professional presentations

  • Chandler, T. (2014)  United States Pacific Command: Lessons learned from the Philippines, The Center for Excellence in Disaster Management & Humanitarian Assistance, West Point, NY
  • Chandler, T. (2013). A Year After Hurricane Sandy: Climate Change & Disaster Management, Peace Islands Institute, New York, NY
  • Chandler, T. (2013) The Continuum of Care after Disasters, Health Emergencies in Large Populations (HELP) course, in collaboration with the U.S. Red Cross, the Center for Excellence, and the University of Hawaii, Honolulu, Hi
  • Chandler, T., Reilly, M., & Gebbie, E. (2013) The Incorporation of New Online Instructional Modalities and Evaluation Protocols in Public Health, Public Health Summit, Atlanta, GA 
  • Reilly, M., Amler, S., DeSimone, A., & Chandler, T.  (2013) Identifying Innovative Strategies and Methods for Sustaining Emergency Preparedness Levels in the Environment of Severely Limited Resources, Public Health Summit, Atlanta, GA
  • Chandler, T., Levin, K., & Bhaskar, S (2012) Serious Games About Climate Change: An evaluation on an Online Goal Based Scenario, American Public Health Association, San Francisco, CA
  • Reilly, M., Chandler, T., & Sury, J. (2012) Use of High-Definition, Time-lapse Photography to Simulate the Operation of a Point of Dispensing (POD) Clinic and its Use for Training POD Managers, American Public Health Association, San Francisco, CA
  • Chandler, T. (2011) Rethinking Geospatial Intelligence: Creativity, Play, and the Imagination, New York, NY, Teachers College, Columbia University
  • Chandler, T. (2010) Dealing with climate change: An evaluation of a national online course, Denver, CO, American Educational Research Association, Denver, CO
  • Chandler, T. & Park, Y.S. (2010) The incorporation of hands-on tasks in an online course: An Analysis of a Blended Learning Environment American Educational Research Association, Denver, CO
  • Chandler, T. (2010) Sustainability and international education, faculty panel discussion at Teachers College, New York, NY
  • Park, Y.S., Chandler, T., & Stehling-Ariza, T. (2010) Cognitive Diagnostic Modeling Approach to Assess the Mastery and the Prevalence of Specific Competencies in a Basic Emergency Preparedness Course American Public Health Association, Denver, CO  
  • Chandler, T., Park, Y.S., Levin, L.L., & Morse, S.S. (2010). Impact of Online Learning on Emergency Response: An Evaluation of an Online Course, American Public Health Association, Denver, CO    
  • Chandler, T. (2009) Geospatial tools for disaster preparedness The United States Telecommunications Training Institute, Washington, D.C.
  • Chandler, T. (2009) An evaluation of a national online course American Public Health Association, Philadelphia, PA
  • Chandler, T. (2009) Geospatial intelligence The United States Telecommunications Training Institute, Washington, D.C.
  • Chandler, T. (2007) Using the Teaching the Levees curriculum guide Louisiana Science Teachers Association (LSTA) conference, Lafayette, Louisiana
  • Chandler, T. & Mixon, N. (2006) The usage of geographic information systems (GIS) in social studies education, National Council for Social Studies, Washington D.C.
  • Crocco, M., Thornton, S.J., Chandler, T. (2005)  The influence of computer use on social studies teachers’ pedagogical content knowledge, College and University Faculty Assembly, Kansas City, Mo
  • Chandler, T. (2005). Using GIS for educative purposes, Tools for Schools Technology Conference, Teachers College, Columbia University, New York, NY
  • Chandler, T. (2004). Developing blended learning environments for competency based training. Competencies to Curriculum Conference, Columbia University, New York, NY
  • Chandler, T. & An, H. (2004). Do geographical information systems (GIS) add value to the teaching of social studies? InProceedings of the Society for Information Technology and Teacher Education International Conference (SITE) , Atlanta, Georgia, March 2004 (pp. 4764-4767). Norfolk, VA: AACE
  • An, H. & Chandler, T. (2003). Using a multiple representational web-based learning tool to help learners improve Internet searching skills. In Proceedings of the International Conference on Computers in Education, Hong Kong, 2-5 December 2003 (pp. 810-813). Norfolk, VA: AACE.

grants

Thomas Chandler, PhD, is the Principal Investigator of a $398,000 two year grant (Awarded in Nov, 2013) with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control examining the public health systems response to Hurricane Sandy in the NYC Area.

He is also an investigator for a two-year National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) study on the effects of environmental hazards on Sandy response workers and homeowners in hard-hit areas.

Additionally, he works as an instructional designer for a CDC Preparedness and Emergency Response Learning Centers (PERLC) grant to meet preparedness and response training and education needs of the U. S. public health workforce. The PERLC  provide core competency-based training to state, local, and tribal public health authorities within self-defined service areas and meet partners' unique workforce development needs in the area of public health preparedness and response; providing specialized training, education, exercise consultation and products not addressed through core competency-based curricula.