Paris Lecture will focus on teaching apprenticeships, national teacher shortage on March 28

Dr. Prentice Chandler, dean and professor of the Eriksson College of Education at Austin Peay State University in Tennessee, will be the featured speaker at the second annual Paris Lecture Series, scheduled for 4 to 5 p.m. on March 28 in Hobson Auditorium. 

Chandler will speak on “Apprenticeships for the Teaching Profession: A National Model” for his Paris Lecture. As a result of the severe national teacher shortage, many public and private K-12 school districts, including those surrounding Campbell University, have been forced to increase class sizes, limit course offerings, hire long-term substitutes and hire inexperienced residency teachers who “train as they teach.” All of these solutions can have negative impacts on student learning and wellbeing, and the teacher pipeline is dwindling. 

“Our work is being discussed nationally because it provides a solution to these persistent problems facing our field,” said Chandler. “Rather than talking about these issues, we have decided to act. This program is the model for solving these problems.” 

Chandler has authored or coauthored more than 50 works, including two books on teaching about race and racism within the social studies curriculum. His most recent book, Rethinking School-University Partnerships: A New Way Forward (Chandler & Barron, 2021), examines innovative partnership work taking place across the nation. In 2007, Chandler was awarded the Defense of Academic Freedom Award from the National Council for the Social Studies. 

RSVP to the March 28 event by emailing Dr. Chris Godwin at

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