Chance W. Lewis, Ph.D.
Professor & Executive Director
Urban Education Collaborative
The University of North Carolina at Charlotte
Dr. Chance W. Lewis is the Carol Grotnes Belk Distinguished Professor of Urban Education and executive director of the Urban Education Collaborative at The University of North Carolina at Charlotte, which is publishing a new generation of research on improving urban schools. With professional experiences in education that span the range of K-12 and higher education, Dr. Lewis currently teaches graduate-level courses in the field of urban education.
Dr. Lewis previously served as the Houston Endowed Chair and associate professor of urban education at Texas A&M University; assistant professor of teacher education at Colorado State University; and a business education teacher in East Baton Rouge Parish Schools in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, where he earned Teacher of the Year honors in 1997.
Dr. Lewis has more than 100 publications, including over 70 refereed journal articles in some of the leading academic journals in the field of urban education. In addition, he has received over $6 million in external research funds. To date, he has authored/co-authored/co-edited 15 books, among them: 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); Yes We Can!: Improving Urban Schools through Innovative Educational Reform (Information Age, 2011); and Autoethnography as a Lighthouse: Illuminating Race, Research and the Politics of Schooling (Information Age, 2015). He also has provided consultative professional development and research services to more than 100 school districts, universities, educational entities and other organizations throughout the United States and Canada.
Dr. Lewis received his Bachelor of Science and Master of Education degrees in business education and education administration/supervision from Southern University in Baton Rouge and his Ph.D. from Colorado State University, Fort Collins, Colorado. He and his wife, Mechael, are the proud parents of two daughters, Myra and Sydney.