Executive Director

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Dr. Susan C. Barfield, Executive Director

Dr. Susan Barfield (Professor Emeritus at Montana State University-Billings) received a Ph.D. in Education (Multicultural/Bilingual/ESL) from George Mason University. She has been an educator over 42 years, including teaching and guidance counseling in K-12 settings and nearly 20 years in teacher education at the university level.  In addition to two Faculty Excellence Awards (from faculty and students) and the Benedict J. Surwill Lifetime Achievement Award, she has twice been a U.S. Fulbright Scholar; first for the Ministry of Education in Chile (working with Mapuche, Aymara, and Rapa Nui cultures) and again for the University of Prešov in Slovakia (working with Roma culture). Since 1990 Dr. Barfield has conducted program evaluations for dual language and immersion programs and grants in Spanish, French, German, Japanese, Arabic, and Chinese. In addition, Dr. Barfield has been a Principal Investigator, Project Director, and Faculty Advisor for several U.S. Department of Education grants that increased the number of Native American teachers in Montana. Having visited, and often worked or presented in, over 35 countries, her area of interest is the integration of culture into English language learning; she recently co-authored two trilingual children’s books and a teachers’ manual on how to use the books in a classroom.

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