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Last updated: 9/11/2017
Susan C. Faircloth
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  Southeast Coastal
  New Hanover
Professional Information
UNC-Wilmington-Educational Leadership Department
Department Head
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  Class of '14
  Education, Native American Indian Issues/Rights, Other not listed, Race Issues/Rights, Social Justice/Equity
  Special Education
  Children/Family Welfare and Rights, Education, Native American Indian Issues/Rights, Race Issues/Rights, Social Justice/Equity, Travel
  Public Speaking, Research, Writing
  Antiquing, Baking/Cooking, Cooking, Gardening, Other not listed, Pets
  going to yard sales, thrift stores, and flea markets, collecting old cookbooks
  American Educational Research Association, University Council for Educational Administration
  Advisory Board for the North Carolina Court Improvement Program; Advisory Board for the Bureau of Indian Education's special education programs and services; Technical Review Panel for the National Indian Education Study (U.S. Department of Education and the National Center for Education Statistics); Advisory Board for the Goodling Institute for Family Literacy (Penn State); External Advisory Board, American Indian Center, UNC Chapel Hill
  Former Fulbright Senior Scholar to New Zealand, Former Ford Foundation Postdoctoral Scholar, Former Research Fellow - American Indian/Alaska Native Head Start Research Center, University of Colorado Denver; Participant in the BRIDGES Academic Leadership Development for Women (2013)
  Former director of the American Indian Leadership Program (the nation's longest operating educational leadership program for American Indian and Alaska Native students) at the Pennsylvania State University; Former Director of the Principals for Student Success personnel preparation grant (Penn State) (2008-2012); Faculty Member in the Educational Leadership program, North Carolina State University; 2013, coordinated a system-wide gathering of American Indian faculty from UNC member institutions; co-principal investigator for a research project involving 6 Deaf Indigenous high school students in New Zealand
B.S. - History, Appalachian State University
M.Ed. - Special Education & Ph.D. - Educational Leadership, Penn State

North Carolina State University
8/12 – present: Associate Professor (Leadership, Policy, and Adult and Higher Education)
Fall 2013 – present: Co-coordinator, Educational Leadership Program

The Pennsylvania State University (2003-2012)
Assistant Professor (2003-2009), Associate Professor (2009-2012)

Summer 2010 – June 2012: Director, American Indian Leadership Program &
The Center for the Study of Leadership in American Indian Education

Summer 2010 – June 2012: Director, personnel preparation grant (“Principals for
Student Success”), funded by the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Indian
Education to prepare a cohort of 8 American Indian/Alaska Native
students as future school leaders

11/01-11/03: Director, Policy Analysis & Research, American Indian Higher Education Consortium, Alexandria, VA
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Dr. Susan C. Faircloth (an enrolled member of the Coharie Tribe of North Carolina) is an Associate Professor in the Department of Leadership, Policy, and Adult and Higher Education at North Carolina State University. 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. She has been published in such journals as Educational Administration Quarterly, Harvard Educational Review, The Journal of Special Education Leadership, International Studies in Educational Administration, Values and Ethics in Educational Administration, Tribal College Journal of American Indian Higher Education, Rural Special Education Quarterly, and Journal of Disability Policy Studies.

Dr. Faircloth is a former Fulbright Senior Scholar to New Zealand, Ford Foundation Postdoctoral scholar with the Civil Rights Project/Proyecto Derechos Civiles at the University of California Los Angeles, and a Fellow with the American Indian/Alaska Native Head Start Research Center at the University of Colorado Denver.

Dr. Faircloth currently serves as a senior associate editor of the American Journal of Education and an associate editor of the American Educational Research Journal – Social and Institutional Analysis. She also serves on the editorial boards of the Journal of American Indian Education and American Secondary Education.

On a more personal note, Dr. Faircloth and her husband, Lee, are the parents of a four year old daughter, Journey, who they adopted in 2010. They are also the proud parents of three dogs, Teddy, Prince, and Queen, a cat named Deuce, and three fish - Fuzzy, Wuzzy, and Granger. In her spare time, Dr. Faircloth enjoys spending time with family, making desserts, visiting thrift stores, flea markets, and yard sales, and traveling.

Wildacres Leadership Initiative is connected with Wildacres Retreat, Little Switzerland, NC.