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WCE Department Chair Featured in Local News

Wednesday, November 04, 2015

Susan Faircloth joined the faculty of the Watson College in July as professor and chair of the Educational Leadership Department.

She is a former Fulbright Scholar to New Zealand, a Ford Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow with the UCLA Civil Rights Project/ Proyecto Derechos Civiles, and a Research Fellow with the American Indian & Alaska Native Head Start Research Center at the University of Colorado Denver. She is also an enrolled member of the Coharie Tribe of North Carolina. Her research interests include Indigenous education, the education of culturally and linguistically diverse students with special educational needs, and the moral and ethical dimensions of school leadership.

Faircloth serves on the technical review panel for the National Indian Education Study, commissioned by the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Indian Education and the National Center for Education Statistics.

She presented data from the National Indian Education Study at the American Indian Education Summit, “A New Vision for Native Students,” in Raleigh on Oct. 9. The summit, co-sponsored by the North Carolina State Advisory Council on Indian Education and the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction (DPI), featured discussions on K-12 education programs and outcomes for Native students. Faircloth’s co-presenter at the summit was Andrea Faulkner, National Assessment of Education Progress (NAEP) state coordinator, NC DPI.

Faircloth is the first American Indian chair in UNCW history. She was featured in a cover story in the StarNews on Oct. 3.

Her recent publications include:

Brayboy, B. M. J., Faircloth, S. C., Lee, T. S., Maaka, M. J., & Richardson, T. A. (2015, Spring). Editors’ introduction: Sovereignty and education: An overview of the unique nature of Indigenous education. Journal of American Indian Education, 54(1), 1-9.

Faircloth, S. C. (2015, Spring). The early childhood education of American Indian and Alaska Native children: State of the research, Journal of American Indian Education, 54(1), 99-126.

Faircloth, S. C., & Tippeconnic, J. W., III. (2015, Spring). Leadership development for schools serving American Indian students: Implications for research, policy, and practice. Journal of American Indian Education, 127-153.