Sheilah E. Nicholas
Sheilah E. Nicholas is a member of the Hopi Tribe. She teaches graduate and undergraduate classes in language and culture in education, teacher research, and Indigenous oral traditions. Her scholarly work focuses on Indigenous/Hopi language maintenance and reclamation, Hopi language literacy, Indigenous language ideologies and epistemologies, and cultural and linguistic issues in American Indian education. Her upcoming research on school-based Hopi language programs will investigate the impact of educational policies, particularly the No Child Left Behind policy on such programs and will include a school-wide self-study regarding the role of schools in language revitalization efforts. She is also currently coordinator of the UA Bureau of Applied Research and Anthropology Hopi Literacy Project. A former classroom teacher, she has served as coordinator of the American Indian Language Development Institute; as director of Project NATIVE, a USDE-funded Native American teacher training program for grantee, Tohono O'odham Community College; and as field researcher on Native American language revitalization for the Indigenous Languages Institute in Santa Fe, NM. She has served as a consultant to the Hopi Tribe for the Hopilavayi Program in planning and implementing Hopi language teacher training at the Hopilavayi Summer Institute. Her research has been published in the co-edited volume, Indigenous Youth and Multilingualism (2013), Routledge, in numerous edited volumes and in American Indian Culture and Research Quarterly, Journal of Language, Identity, and Education, Language Policy, and International Multilingual Research Journal.