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Susan C. Faircloth

Independent Consultant, Colorado State University


Dr. Susan C. Faircloth (an enrolled member of the Coharie Tribe of North Carolina) formerly served as a tenured full professor in the School of Education at Colorado State University. In 2023, she will be launching an independent educational consulting group, Two Feathers Consulting, LLC.

As one of the few American Indian scholars in the field of Educational Leadership/Administration, a first generation college graduate, the daughter of parents who graduated from the first American Indian elementary and secondary school in their community, and a southerner who experienced the deep and lasting effects of racism, Dr. Faircloth engages in scholarship, teaching, and service aimed at improving the educational conditions and subsequent life outcomes of those who have been historically marginalized and disenfranchised by the educational system. She knows first-hand what it means to be both denied and granted educational access and feels an ethical and moral imperative to use the lessons learned from these experiences to ensure future generations of Indigenous children and youth have the opportunities and experiences they deserve and that are critical to the future health, well-being, sustainment, and “thrivance” of Indigenous tribes, citizens, and communities.


  • 2018–present
    Professor, School of Education, Colorado State University


  • 2000 
    The Pennsylvania State University, Educational Administration
  • 1996 
    The Pennsylvania State University, Special Education
  • 1990 
    Appalachian State University, History

Professional Memberships

  • American Educational Research Association
  • National Indian Education Association


Fulbright Scholar to New Zealand; Hidden Figure in the Field of Educational Leadership/Administration