Susan C. Faircloth
Susan C. Faircloth
Dr. Faircloth, an enrolled member of the Coharie Tribe, joined the faculty of The Pennsylvania State University in the Fall of 2003. She is currently an Associate Professor of Educational Leadership. She earned both her master’s and doctoral degrees from Penn State where she was a fellow in the American Indian Special Education Teacher Training Program and the American Indian Leadership Program. After earning her doctoral degree, she served as the Director of Policy Analysis and Research with the American Indian Higher Education Consortium.
Dr Faircloth’s research focuses on the education of American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) students with disabilities. She is specifically interested in the factors that account for the referral and placement of AI/AN students in special education programs and services in the early grades, the role of Head Start programs and services in the education of young AI/ANs, the preparation of school leaders, and the moral and ethical dimensions of school leadership. Her work has been published in Harvard Educational Review, The Journal of Special Education Leadership, International Studies in Educational Administration, Values and Ethics in Educational Administration, the Tribal College Journal of American Indian Higher Education, the Rural Special Education Quarterly, and the Journal of Disability Policy Studies.
In addition to teaching and research, Dr. Faircloth serves as the director of a personnel preparation grant ("Principals for Student Success") for aspiring school administrators, funded by the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Indian Education. She is also a former Ford Foundation Postdoctoral scholar and recently completed a research fellowship with the American Indian/Alaska Native Head Start Research Center at the University of Colorado Denver.
During Spring 2012, she will complete a Fulbright Senior Scholar Award in conjunction with Victoria University of Wellington in Wellington, New Zealand.