Susan R. Adams, Ph.D. is Associate Professor of Education in the College of Education. Dr. Adams' teaching responsibilities in the Butler University College of Education regularly include teaching educational foundations, introduction to secondary education (ED227), multicultural education (ED398/ED497), ESL methods (ED498), and graduate courses. She is currently the COE Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion.
A former urban secondary ESL teacher and instructional coach, Dr. Adams' research and professional interests include race, critical pedagogies, equitable access to the curriculum and to academic success for all students and transformative adult learning. She is an experienced critical friendship coach and facilitator with the School Reform Initiative, a Teacher Consultant with the National Writing Project, and a site leader of the Hoosier Writing Project.
Dr. Adams' publications are included in Theory into Practice, English Journal, SAGE Sociology of Education, EBSCO Research Starters, The Brock Education Journal, Writing and Pedagogy, AILACTE Journal, Critical Literacy: Theories and Practices, and The New Educator. Dr. Adams and her co-author, Jamie Buffington-Adams, Ph.D. published their book, Race and Pedagogy: Creating Collaboration for Teacher Transformations, Lexington Books, an imprint of Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Group, as part of Roland W. Mitchell and Kenneth J. Fasching-Varner's series, Race and Education.
Dr. Adams was selected for the 2012 ATE-I Anne Patterson Paper Award for her scholarly paper, "Whiten Up! An Autobiographical Exploration of the Impact of White ESL Teachers’ Race, Privilege and Positionality on English Language Learners in K-12 Schools" and was chosen for the 2014 Association of Liberal Arts Colleges of Teacher of Education (AILACTE) Scholar Award. In 2015, Dr. Adams and her colleague, Dr. Brooke Kandel-Cisco were awarded a Desmond Tutu Fellowship and was selected as a 2016 Association of Teacher Educators (ATE) Clincal Fellow. She also served as Butler University Co-Faculty Development Fellow with Dr. Elizabeth Mix (2013-2014) and with Dr. Jane Gervasio (2014-2015). To visit Dr. Adams' Digital Commons Scholarly Works page, please click here.
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