Susan C Faircloth


Associate Professor of Education

Coordinator of the Educational Leadership Program

Director, Indigenous Collaborative on Education, Research and Service (ICERS)

Department/Program Affiliations

Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis
Educational Leadership

Contact Information

Mailing Address: 
Department of Leadership, Policy and Adult and Higher Education Campus Box 7801
608N Poe Hall
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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 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. Prior to joining the faculty at NC State, Dr. Faircloth was the Director of the American Indian Leadership Program at the Pennsylvania State University.

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. She was recently selected as a William C. Friday Fellow for Human Relations.

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.


Ph.D. in Educational Administration with a minor in Special Education, The Pennsylvania State University
M.Ed. in Special Education, The Pennsylvania State University
B.S. in History, Appalachian State University
Graduate Coursework in Counselor Education, Cambpell University


Educational Research Areas: 
Indigenous Education (emphasis on American Indian Education)
Special Education
School Leadership
Education of Deaf Maori Students in New Zealand
Current Research Projects: 
Educational Experiences of Deaf/Hearing Impaired Maori (Indigenous) Students in New Zealand
Dropout/Graduation Rates among American Indian Male Students with Disabilities
This was our school: Oral histories from former teachers and students at the East(ern) Carolina Indian School

Courses Taught

Lead & Serve

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