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If you asked the many alumni of the American Indian Studies program, they would tell you that since its inception in the 1970's, it has been the faculty who have made this program as special as it is. Students develop deep and lasting relationships with the instructors, they return frequently to campus for events or just to visit, and they maintain bonds that last a lifetime. Perhaps because this is such a deeply personal and transformative learning process, American Indian Studies truly is a family.
JP Leary, assistant professor, UW-Green BayOutstanding teaching and strong mentorship from American Indian Studies faculty members prepared me well for the rigors of graduate school and professional life.
Her conference papers have addressed not only literary works by American Indians but also topics that support anti-racist pedagogies and education for social justice. A particular theme of her work has addressed the political and moral necessity of Act 31 compliance to ensure that throughout their public school education Wisconsin youth grow into a broader understanding about the history and cultures of Wisconsin Indians. To a certain extent, she sees her work in the classroom as a type of quiet activism in which she not only relates course content but also seeks to develop within her students their capacity as empathic, culturally-competent citizens of the world.
Her service in the broader area of Native literary studies includes her term as President of the Association for the Study of American Indian Literatures, Delegate Assembly Member in the Modern Language Association (MLA) representing Ethnic Studies, member of the MLA committee on Native American Languages, and MLA's Committee on the Literatures of People of Color in the United States and Canada. The UW-Eau Claire American Ethnic Coordinating Office presented her with a Distinguished Service Award in 2001. Ten years later the Office of Multicultural Affairs recognized her work with a Distinguished Service Award. In 2011, she was presented with a University of Wisconsin System “Outstanding Woman of Color in Education” Award.
Her passions include traveling the world, cooking, and reading with a grateful heart.
M.A., University of Arizona (American Indian Studies)
B.A., University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire (American Indian Studies)
GRANTS UWEC PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR OR DEPUTY PI
The Mohican People: Their Lands and Their Lives,Wisconsin
Improvement of Teaching Quality, 2009-2010;renewed 2010-2011.
$185,000 Constructing and Reconstructing Liberty, Teaching American
History, US Department of Education, 2009-2013. $1,650,000.
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