Dean Cantu

Dean Cantu

Associate Dean and Director, Professor

    Westlake Hall 345
    (309) 677-3190


Ph.D., Curriculum and Instruction from Southern Illinois University
Ed. S., Community College Education from Arkansas State University
M.A., History from Arkansas State University
B.S., Social Studies Education from Arkansas State University
A.S., Social Science from Highland Community College (Illinois)


Dr. D. Antonio Cantù is a Professor and Chairperson of the Department of Teacher Education. Dr. Cantù received his Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction from Southern Illinois University, Ed.S. in Community College Education, M.A. in History, and B.S. in Social Science Education from Arkansas State University.

Professor Cantu has over 20 years of experience in professional education from high school through the graduate level, during which he has taught the following: American history, world history, economics, psychology, geography, sociology, social studies education, multicultural education, educational research, and instructional technology. Prior to his appointment as Chair of the Department of Teacher Education, he served as Professor and 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.

     Chair and Professor of Teacher Education (2008 - present)

          Department of Teacher Education

          Bradley University

          Peoria, Illinois

      Dean and Professor of Education (2006 - 2008)

          Division of Education

          Indiana University Kokomo

      Director of Social Studies Education and Professor of History and

          Editor, International Journal of Social Education (1998 - 2006)

          Department of History

          Ball State University

          Muncie, Indiana

      Social Studies Department Chair and Teacher (1989 - 1998)

          Social Studies Department

          Sainte Genevieve High School

          Sainte Genevieve, Missouri

      Instructor of History (1988 - 1989)

          Department of History

          Arkansas State University

      Military Intelligence Officer (1984 - 1988)

          United States Army

          Fort Knox (Kentucky) 


Professor Cantu is the author of a number of research articles 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.

Dr. Cantu’s articles have appeared in such publications as the Organization of American Historians’ Magazine of History, American Historical Association Perspectives, National Council for History Education History Matters!, and the Journal of the Association for History and Computing. He is also the author of the following books and curriculum monographs: Presidential Elections: 1789-1996, Early Education in Arkansas Delta, An Investigation of the Relationship Between Social Studies Teachers’ Beliefs and Practices, The Vietnam War: A National Dilemma, and Take Five Minutes: Reflective and Critical Thinking American History Class Openers.

Professor Cantu’s most recent book publications include:


Dr. Cantu has served in a variety of leadership positions in professional organizations as well, including service as President of the American Association for History and Computing, President of the Indiana Council for the Social Studies and Missouri Council for the Social Studies, and Chair of three National Council for the Social Studies Committees: Publications, Resolutions, and Instruction.

National Service

  1. National Social Science Association
    Member, Governing Board
  2. National Council for the Social Studies
    Technology Education Reviewer, Social Education
  3. National Social Science Association
    Member, Editorial Board, National Social Science Technology Journal
  4. Society for History Education
    Book Reviewer, The History Teacher
  5. Multimedia Educational Resource for Learning and Online Teaching (MERLOT)
    Teacher Education Reviewer, Editorial Board, Journal of Online Learning and Teaching
  6. Berglund Center for Internet Studies
    Member, Editorial Board, Interface: The Journal of Education, Community, and Values

State Service

  1. Illinois Association for Teacher Education in Private Colleges (IATEPC)
    Institutional Representative
  2. Illinois Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (IACTE)
    Institutional Representative