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Heather Shotton

Director of Indigenous Education Initiatives


Department: Educational Leadership and Policy Studies
Program Area: Indigenous Education
Phone: 405-325-4202
E-mail: hshotton@ou.edu
Office: Collings Hall 227

Personal Statement

Heather Shotton is a citizen of the Wichita & Affiliated Tribes, and is also of Kiowa and Cheyenne descent. She is an associate professor in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies at the University of Oklahoma, having previously served as as an associate professor in Native American Studies at OU. She received her doctorate in Adult and Higher Education from the University of Oklahoma in 2008. Dr. Shotton’s research focuses on Indigenous students in higher education and Indigenous women, particularly in the areas of leadership and Indigenous women in academia. She served as a co-editor for the book, Beyond the Asterisk: Understanding Native Students in Higher Education (Stylus), which addresses strategies for serving Native college students, and is a co-editor for the forthcoming book, Reclaiming Indigenous Research in Higher Education (Rutgers University Press).  Prior to returning to OU she served as assistant director of multicultural student affairs at Oklahoma City University. She has spent her career serving students both in and out of the classroom. Dr. Shotton is the past president for the National Indian Education Association and was recently named the NIEA Educator of the Year. She is a strong advocate for Native education and serves Native students and communities on a national and local level. She lives in Norman with her partner John Shotton, and their two daughters Sloan and Sophie.

Areas of Interest and Expertise

Indigenous Women, Indigenous Leadership, Indigenous Higher Education

Honors and Recognition

  • National Indian Education Association Educator of the Year (2016)
  • Oklahoma Council for Indian Education Indian Educator of the Year (2015)
  • NASPA Indigenous Peoples Knowledge Community, Outstanding Research Award (2015)
  • National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development, Native American 40 Under 40 (2013)