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Dawn Tallchief Joins the American Indian College Fund to Manage Faculty Fellowships

December 7, 2011

Tallchief_6574.jpgDawn Tallchief, Ph.D., an enrolled member of the Seneca Nation of Indians, has joined the American Indian College Fund as a program officer to oversee faculty fellowship programs including the Sloan Leadership Fellowship Program, the Mellon Faculty Enhancement Program, the Mellon Research Fellowship Program, and the Nyswander, Blanchard Fellowship Program at the Denver, Colorado-based non-profit.

Tallchief earned a bachelor of arts in psychology from SUNY Buffalo and both a master’s degree in higher education administration and a Ph.D. in educational leadership and policy studies from Arizona State University. Her research and practice has focused on enhancing college student success, with special emphasis on recruitment and retention of American Indian students in post-secondary contexts.

Prior to joining the American Indian College Fund, Tallchief worked at the University of Kansas (KU) as assistant director of the Office of Professional Military Graduate Education. Tallchief has also held positions in academia at Haskell Indian Nations University and First Nations University of Canada.

In her spare time, Tallchief says she enjoys watching movies, drawing, painting, dancing and dabbling in other artistic endeavors. She resides in Lawrence, Kansas and is involved in various community service activities.