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 particular, my work seeks to understand how educators teach, and students learn civic engagement, active citizenship, and social justice in and related to knowledge, dispositions, and practices of social studies education and its disciplines. In my teaching and research I focus on a citizenship and justice orientation in the fields of social studies education, teacher education, teacher research, and democratic theory in education. Values and perspectives guiding my work are social justice (critical), community engagement across differences (communal), and reflective decision-making for personal growth (individual).
Andrew L. Hostetler taught in high schools in South Carolina and Ohio for eight years before pursuing a Ph.D. in Curriculum & Instruction at Kent State University, '12. While at Kent State University, Andrew taught courses on understanding secondary school culture in the secondary education program. Since coming to Vanderbilt in 2012, he has worked with local schools and community organizations to study, create, and lead educational experiences in secondary social studies settings, that support community and civic engagement for young people, and encourage focused high quality teacher inquiry into practice. Andrew has presented on these issues at state, regional, national, and international conferences.