Heather Shotton, Ph.D
Assistant Professor, Native American Studies
Education: B.A. - Native American Studies; M.A. - Human Relations; Ph.D. – Adult & Higher Education
Ellison Hall, Room 212
Areas of Interest and Expertise
Indigenous Women, Indigenous Leadership, Indigenous Higher Education
Recent Courses Taught
NAS Capstone, Research Methods in Native American Studies, American Indian Education Policy & Development, Tribal Service Learning, Introduction to NAS
Shotton, H.J., Lowe, S., Waterman, S.J. (Eds.). (2013). Beyond the Asterisk: Understanding Native Students in Higher Education. Sterling, VA: Stylus Publishing
Williams, R.S., Wanger, S, & Shotton, H.J. (2013). Developing Native student leadership skills: The success of the Oklahoma Native American Students in Higher Education conference. American Indian Culture and Research Journal 37(3), 59-73.
Shotton, H.J., Oosahwe, E.S., & Cintrón, R. A. (2007). Stories of success: Experiences of American Indian students in a peer-mentoring retention program. Review of Higher Education 31(1), 81-107.
Shotton, H. J. (2015). Being of service to our people. In R.S. Minthorn & A. F. Chavez (Eds.). Gathering Wisdom: Insights for Higher Education on Indigenous Leadership. New York, NY: Routledge.
Minthorn, R. S. & Shotton, H. J. (2014). First Nations peoples (Native Americans). In P. A. Sasso & J. L. DeVitis (Eds.). Today’s College Students. NY: Peter Lang Publishing.
Shotton, H.J., Oosahwe, E.S., & Cintrón, R.A. (2010). Perspectives on American Indian cultural centers in higher education. In L. Patton (Ed.). Culture Centers in Higher Education: Perspectives on Identity, Theory & Practice, VA: Stylus Publishing.
Shotton, H. J., & Waterman, S. J. (2010). Loneliness and traditional Native students: Hodekki. In R. Harper, N. L. Wilson (Eds.). More than Listening: Counseling Essentials for Student Affairs Professionals, Washington, DC: NASPA.
NASPA Indigenous Peoples Knowledge Community, Outstanding Research Award, 2015
National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development, Native American 40 Under 40, 2013
Recent Conference Presentations:
Lowe, S. L. & Shotton, H. J., “Indigenous Knowledge and Voice in American Higher Education”. He Manawa Whenua Indigenous Research Conference, Hamilton, New Zealand, June 2015.
Shotton, H.J. & Minthorn, R. S. “Sustaining Cultural Values Through Leadership Among Indigenous Women”. American Indian Studies Association, Albuquerque, NM, February, 2015.
“Fostering Native Women Leaders in Education for Future Generations”. Heather Shotton & Robin Minthorn. National Indian Education 45th Annual Convention, Anchorage, AK, October 2014.
“Pathways to Leadership: Narratives of Indigenous Women Leaders in Education”. Heather Shotton & Robin Minthorn. World Indigenous Peoples Conference on Education, Honolulu, HI, May 2014.
“Igniting a Movement of International Indigenous Higher Education Scholars in the Academy”. Kamakana Aquino, Heather Shotton, & Robin Minthorn. World Indigenous Peoples Conference on Education, Honolulu, HI, May 2014.
“Reciprocity in the Classroom: Incorporating Native Values Through Tribal Service Learning”. Heather Shotton, Emma Allen, Shabrie Perico, & Kelli Alvarez. College Board – Native American Student Advocacy Institute, Albuquerque, NM, April 2014.
Current Research & Projects
Through Their Own Eyes: Narratives of Indigenous Female Scholars - Principal Investigator
Narratives of Indigenous Female Leaders - Co-PI
Social Cognitive Influences on Scientific Research Careers among American Indians - Investigator