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Dr. Chance Lewis’ Biography

Dr. Chance W. Lewis is the Carol Grotnes Belk Distinguished Professor and Endowed Chair of Urban Education at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. Additionally, Dr. Lewis is the Executive Director of the University of North Carolina at Charlotte’s Urban Education Collaborative which is publishing a new generation of research on improving urban schools.

Academic Background

Dr. Lewis received his B.S. and M.Ed. in Business Education and Education Administration/ Supervision from Southern University in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Dr. Lewis completed his doctoral studies in Educational Leadership/Teacher Education from Colorado State University in Fort Collins, Colorado.

Teaching Background

Dr. Lewis currently teaches graduate courses in the field of Urban Education at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. His experiences span the range of K-12 and higher education. From 2006-2011, Dr. Lewis served as the Houston Endowed Chair and Associate Professor of Urban Education in the College of Education at Texas A&M University. In 2001-2006, he served as an assistant professor of teacher education at Colorado State University. During the 1994-1998 academic years, Dr. Lewis served as a Business Education teacher in East Baton Rouge Parish Schools (Baton Rouge, LA), where he earned Teacher of the Year honors in 1997.

Research Background

Dr. Lewis has over 100 publications including 60+ refereed journal articles in some of the leading academic journals in the field of urban education. Additionally, he has received over $4 million in external research funds. To date, Dr. Lewis has authored/co-authored/co-edited 10 books: White Teachers/Diverse Classrooms: A Guide for Building Inclusive Schools, Eliminating Racism and Promoting High Expectations (Stylus, 2006); The Dilemmas of Being an African American Male in the New Millennium (Infinity, 2008); An Educator’s Guide to Working with African American Students: Strategies for Promoting Academic Success (Infinity, 2009); Transforming Teacher Education: What Went Wrong with Teacher Training and How We Can Fix It (Stylus, 2010); White Teachers/Diverse classrooms: Creating Inclusive schools, Building on Students’ Diversity and Providing True Educational Equity [2nd Ed.] (Stylus, 2011); Yes We Can!: Improving Urban Schools through Innovative Educational Reform (Information Age, 2011); African Americans in Urban Schools: Critical Issues and Solutions for Achievement (Peter Lang, 2012); Black Males in Postsecondary Education: Examining their Experiences in Diverse Institutional Contexts (Information Age, 2012); Improving Urban Schools: Equity and Access in K-16 STEM Education (Information Age, in press); Black Male Teachers: Diversifying the United States’ Teacher Workforce (Emerald Publishing, in press).

Consulting Background and Contact Information

Dr. Lewis has provided consultative services (i.e., professional development and research services) to over 100 school districts and universities across the United States and Canada. Contact Information Dr. Lewis can be reached by e-mail at You can visit Dr. Lewis on the web at

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