Dr. Dean Cantu, Ph.D. Host, Future Insight
Chair, Department of Teacher Education ∙ Bradley University ∙ Peoria, IL 61625
The Future Insight podcast is hosted by Dr. Dean Cantu, Professor and Chair of the Department of Teacher Education at Bradley University. Professor Cantu has over twenty-five years of experience in professional education from high school through the university level. Prior to his current appointment, he served as Professor and Dean of Education at Indiana University Kokomo; Professor of History and Director of Social Studies Education at Ball State University; and Social Studies Department Chair and Teacher at Ste. Genevieve (MO) High School. Before embarking on his teaching career, Dr. Cantu also served as a Military Intelligence Officer in the U.S. Army.
Dr. Cantu is the author of eleven books and curriculum monographs, including: Technology Applications for the Digital Classroom; History Education 101: The Past, Present, and Future of Teacher Preparation; and Teaching History in the Digital Classroom. 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. Most recently, Professor Cantu presented a TEDxTalk at the University of Tulsa, titled “Memento Mori: The Personification of Death in History and Popular Culture.”
Dr. Cantu currently serves on a number of national boards, including as a member of the Governing Board of the National Social Science Association, and research fellow for the Future Institute Research Center. Professor Cantu also serves as a member of the Illinois State Educator Preparation and Licensure Board (SEPLB) for the Illinois State Board of Education; Communications Director for the Illinois Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (IACTE); and Executive Director of the Illinois Council for the Social Studies (ICSS).