Professor Chandler holds a Bachelor of Science (Honours) from Sydney University, a Master of Science in Psychology and a PhD in Education from UNSW. In 1993, he became the first person to ever receive an Australian Research Council fellowship in education. Over the next seven years his research in cognition and learning would attract over $3 million of research funding from ARC and industry partners. Professor Chandler completed two terms as Head of School of Education at UNSW before being appointed Dean of Education at the University of Wollongong in 2007.
In 2008, at a National Press Club event, Professor Chandler was awarded as one of Australia’s ten most pre-eminent researchers. In 2009, Professor Chandler was appointed by the federal government to the Indigenous Higher Education Advisory Council. Professor Chandler is a past president of the NSW Council of Deans in Education.
In 2013, Professor Chandler was appointed Foundation Director of Early Start and Pro Vice Chancellor (Inclusion & Outreach).
- Myrto-Foteini Mavilidi (Doctor of Philosophy): Effects of Physical activities and gestures on learning a foreign language vocabulary in Pre-school children
- Ashleigh Johnstone (Doctor of Philosophy (Integrated)): Understanding the establishment of the AIME Vibe and mentoring model
- Faisal Mirza (Doctor of Philosophy): Investigating how primary school students can self-manage cognitive load when presented with redundant information: Self- management of the redundancy effect