Funded DTA Projects

Four Directions: Building a Foundation for Native Scholars

PI: Dawn Marsh, associate professor of history

Purdue has had success in recruiting Native American students for graduate study, largely as a result of efforts supported by the Sloan Foundation and coordinated through the Native American Educational and Cultural Center. This program will enhance the visibility of Native American cultures at Purdue through coordinated and holistic efforts that target four domains: (1) involve faculty in creating new partnerships with native communities; (2) expand course offerings and study abroad opportunities to develop a certificate in applied indigenous studies; (3) work closely with Native communities, tribal colleges, and research universities to recruit talented post-doctoral fellows, who will then become candidates for Purdue faculty positions; and (4) increase indigenous representation among faculty through opportunity and cluster hiring. Through this holistic and coordinated approach, Native scholars at all levels will elevate Purdue's reputation.

Team members: Ken Ridgway, professor, Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences; Kerry Rabenold, professor, Biology; Kory Cooper, associate professor, Anthropology; Stephanie Zywicki, assistant professor, Curriculum Studies; Felica Ahasteen-Bryant, director, NAECC; Darryl Reano, doctoral student, EAPS; Wai Allen, master's student, EAPS.

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