After 20 years as a professor and academic leader, Dr. Susan C. Faircloth (an enrolled member of the Coharie Tribe of North Carolina) recently stepped away from her academic appointments to form an independent education consulting group, Two Feathers Consulting, LLC. In this role, she aims to more directly engage and serve individuals, communities, schools, and organizations.
Dr. Faircloth’s work centers on 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 published widely 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 the editor of Oxford Bibliographies in Education, senior associate editor of the American Journal of Education, Associate Editor of AERA Open, and a member of the editorial board of the Journal of American Indian Education. In addition to editorial service, Dr. Faircloth has been actively involved at the national level, including serving as the Chair of the Technical Review Panel for the National Indian Education Study and as the former Vice President of AERA’s Division A.
Dr. Faircloth has also had the honor of serving as a Fulbright Senior Scholar to Aotearoa (New Zealand), Ford Foundation Postdoctoral Scholar with the Civil Rights Project/Proyecto Derechos Civiles at UCLA, research fellow with the American Indian/Alaska Native Head Start Research Center at the University of Colorado Denver, and a William C. Friday Fellow for Human Relations.
Dr. Faircloth attributes her pathway into education to her parents and her tribal elders. According to her, “they knew I was destined to be an educator long before I did”.