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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.

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 in press). 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

  • 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 

  • 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

  • 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

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

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

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.