In my capacity as Associate Dean of Academic Affairs, Diversity and Inclusion in the College of Social Sciences and Humanities at Northeastern University, I facilitate the hiring, retention, mentoring, and promotion of colleagues and provide leadership in the college through initiatives designed to promote and sustain a diverse, inclusive, and civil campus. I am a Cherokee Nation citizen and have served as a Cherokee Nation Sequoyah Commissioner.
As Dean's Professor of Civic Sustainability, my research explores the types of agency and change made possible with literacy. I'm currently co-leading a team that is developing a digital archive to support the translation of American Indian manuscripts housed in museums and archives around the country in an effort to advance language perseverance and preservation efforts . This project has been generously supported with an Institute for Museums and Library Services Sparks! Ignition Grant and Northeastern University Tier 1 Grant.
My current research also includes two edited collections: Literacies: A Critical Sourcebook, 2nd edition, with co-editors Christine Haas and Mike Rose (forthcoming Macmillan); and Landmark Essays on Rhetorics of Difference, with co-editors Damian Baca and Jonathan Osborne (Routledge 2019). My sole-authored books, The Cherokee Syllabary: Writing the People’s Perseverance (Oklahoma UP 2011) and The Struggle and the Tools: Oral and Literate Strategies in an Inner City Community, (SUNY UP 1998) were based on activist qualitative research with my tribe and urban community members in upstate New York. Mary Juzwik and I served as Co-Editors of Research in the Teaching of English, the premiere research journal of the National Council of Teachers of English, from 2012-2017. I have published over 50 articles and book chapters. I was elected Chair of the Coalition for Community Writing (2019-2021) by the Coalition's Advisory Board.
My early work in literacy studies earned both the 1997 National Council of Teachers of English CCCC James Berlin Outstanding Dissertation of the Year Award and the 1997 Richard Braddock Award. In 2017, I received the Distinguished Engaged Scholar Award from the Conference on Community Writing.