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Dean Antonio Cantu, Ph.D.

University Of Arkansas – Fort Smith

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Dean Antonio Cantù, PhD is Dean of the College of Health, Education, and Human Sciences at the University of Arkansas – Fort Smith. Dr. Cantu received his PhD in Curriculum and Instruction from Southern Illinois University, EdS in Community College Education, MA in History, and BS in Social Science Education from Arkansas State University. He has also attended educational leadership institutes at the College of William & Mary and Yale University.

Professor Cantù has over thirty years of experience in professional education from high school through the university level. Prior to his current appointment as Dean of the College of Health, Education, and Human Sciences at the University of Arkansas – Fort Smith, he served as Associate Dean and Director of the Department of Education, Counseling, and Leadership at Bradley University.  He has also served as Dean of Education at Indiana University Kokomo; Professor of History and Director of Social Studies Education, as well as Editor of the International Journal of Social Education, at Ball State University; and Social Studies Department Chair and Teacher at Ste. Genevieve (MO) High School.  Prior to beginning his teaching career, Professor Cantu also served as a Military Intelligence Officer in the U.S. Army at Fort Huachuca, Arizona and Fort Knox, Kentucky.    

Professor Cantù is the author of numerous research articles, book chapters, and books on history/social studies education and technology integration.  He has also served as a curriculum writer for various national organizations including The History Channel, The Wall Street Journal Classroom Edition and PBS Frontline, and as Editor of The International Journal of Social Education.  In addition, he has been quoted in articles published in EdScoop, EdSurge News, HuffPost, Univision, and U.S. News & World Report. Professor Cantu has also been interviewed by NPR Illinois, Texas Public Radio, and local ABC, NBC, CBS, and PBS television news affiliates.  

Dr. Cantù’s articles have appeared in such publications as District Administration, Education Post, Organization of American Historians’ Magazine of History, and The Conversation. He is also the author of several books and curriculum monographs, including the following: Early Education in Arkansas Delta, Take Five Minutes: Reflective and Critical Thinking American History Class Openers, History/Social Studies Education in the Digital and Standards-Based Classroom, Technology Applications for the Digital Classroom, History Education 101: The Past, Present, and Future of Teacher Preparation, and Teaching History in the Digital Classroom

Professor Cantù has also presented two TEDxTalks, the first of which,“Memento Mori: The Personification of Death,” was presented at the University of Tulsa. His most recent TEDxTalk, “Why are We Obsessed with the Image of Death?” was presented at the University of Illinois Springfield.