Faculty and Staff

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Position: Asst Professor, INS/Prog Dir.
Department: History
Phone: (218) 723-6170
E-Mail: BKing@css.edu
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Assistant Professor of History & Politics
Director of American Indian Studies
M.S.W. University of Utah
B.S. Brigham Young University

Barbara King is an Assistant Professor and Director of the American Indian Studies Program at the College of St. Scholastica.  She coordinates course offerings for an American Indian Studies minor.  Before joining the St. Scholastica faculty in 1985, she taught in the School of Social Development, University of Minnesota, Duluth, where she was Chair of the Social Work Program and Project Administrator, American Indian Program. At UMD she also served as liaison to Region V Child Welfare Training Center, administered a federally funded grant to provide skill training for American Indians, and developed a continuing education program for American Indians. In 1977 she was Director of Tribal Social Services for the Menominee Restoration Committee, Keshena, Wisconsin.

Professor King has been recognized by the Ohoyo 1982 Resource Guide of American Indian-Alaska Native Women. She is the recipient of a Council on Social Work Education Fellowship and a National Institute of Mental Health Stipend, and has served on the Board of Directors of the Minnesota Humanities Commission, Woodland Hills, and the Minnesota Conference on Social Work Education. She has made professional presentations before the Bureau of Indian Affairs in Billings, Montana, the National Association of Social Workers in Washington, D.C., and the Council on Social Work Education in St. Louis.


“The Social Development Role in Reservation Mental Health,” Indian Mental Health Curriculum Module in Working with Urban American Indian Families, American Indian Projects, Arizona State University (coauthor).

“Using Education for Social Change with Reservation Indians,” Rural Areas: Issues and Opportunities, University of Wyoming (coauthor).

Migwich Gi Chi Mindo, Reflections on Indian Life by Ike Greensky (publisher).

Position: Asst Professor, GCL
Department: Global Cultural & Language Studies
Phone: (218) 625-4860
E-Mail: msullivan@css.edu

Michael Sullivan

Assistant Professor of Ojibwe- The College of St. Scholastica
Email: msullivan [at] css [dot] edu

Michael Sullivan is an Anishinaabe linguist from the Lac Courte Oreilles band of Lake Superior Ojibwe in Wisconsin.  He did his graduate work at the University of Minnesota and is currently writing his doctoral dissertation on the morphosyntactic form of relative clauses in Ojibwe.  He is Assistant Professor of Ojibwemowin at the College of St. Scholastica and is extremely active in the effort to revitalize Ojibwe and works closely with the Waadookodaading Ojibwe language immersion school.  His research interests include language typology and dialectal variation as well as language revitalization and language proficiency assessment.  Sullivan teaches the Ojibwe classes at CSS and various other Indian Studies courses.  
Position: Asst Professor, EDU
Department: Education
Phone: (218) 723-5992
E-Mail: VTanner@css.edu

Valerie began her teaching career at the Bugonaygeshig School on the Leech Lake Reservation, where she taught for three years in a self-contained classroom for children with emotional/behavioral disabilities. Valerie then moved to the Cass Lake-Bena Elementary School in Cass Lake, Minnesota. The Cass Lake-Bena Elementary School is a public school with an American Indian population of 80%. In Cass Lake, Valerie continued to work with children with emotional/behavioral disabilities. After three more years in special education, she moved to regular education and taught in a fifth grade classroom. In 1997, Valerie accepted a position with the Department of Children, Families and Learning-Office of Indian Education as supervisor for the Duluth Field Office of Indian Education.  In the fall of 2003, she began to work as an assistant professor for the College of St. Scholastica in Duluth, MN. Currently, Ms. Tanner resides as Chair of the Undergrad Program in the School of Education.  Valerie received her B.S. from the University of North Dakota, her M.S. from the University of Minnesota-Duluth, and has taken course work in the Doctoral Program, "Educational Leadership", at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities. Valerie is an enrolled member of the Leech Lake Reservation and the mother of three awe-inspiring children.