Social Studies Education at Vanderbilt University

Andrew L. Hostetler, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of the Practice of Social Studies Education

Director of Secondary Education

Coordinator of Social Studies Education

Department of Teaching and Learning

Peabody College of Education and Human Development at Vanderbilt University


I am a social studies teacher educator committed to understanding the role of democratic theory for promoting the enactment of deep democracy in schools and communities. In my work I value teaching and learning for civic engagement, active citizenship, and social justice in and related to knowledge, practices, and discourses of social studies education, its disciplines, and through community resources.

In my teaching and research I focus on how knowledge, skills, discourses, and dispositions are leveraged for a citizenship and justice orientation in the fields of social studies education, teacher education, teacher research, and democratic theory in education. In particular, I am concerned with how teachers and students engage in substantive discourse and meaningful action related to relevant social, political, or economic issues affecting their communities. Values and perspectives guiding my work are social justice (critical), community engagement across differences (communal), and reflective decision-making for personal growth (individual).

Professional Experience

Assistant Professor of the Practice of Social Studies Education, Vanderbilt University (2012-Present), Peabody College of Education and Human Development, Department of Teaching and Learning

Graduate Research Assistant and Teaching Fellow (2010-2012), Kent State University, College of Education, Health and Human Services, School of Teaching, Learning, and Curriculum Studies

Social Studies Teacher Grades 11-12 (2004-2010), Louisville High School, Louisville, OH

Social Studies Teacher Grades 9-11 (2002-2003), James Island Charter High School, Charleston, SC

Professional Affiliations

National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS) – Member (2002-Present)

College and University Faculty Assembly (CUFA) of NCSS – Member (2008-Present)

American Educational Research Association (AERA) – Member (2009-Present)

Division K – Teaching and Teacher Education

Research in Social Studies Education SIG

Self-Study of Teacher Education Practices (S-STEP) SIG

Tennessee Council for the Social Studies (TCSS) – Member (2012-Present)