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Department of Leadership, Higher and Adult Education
Stephanie Waterman

Stephanie Waterman
Associate Professor

phone: 416-978-1840

Leadership, Higher and Adult Education

Centre for the Study of Canadian and International Higher Education

Research Overview

I am interested in how university staff support college students, Indigenous methodologies, critical race theories, and Indigenous geographies. My research focus has been about Native American/Indigenous college student experiences. I have turned my attention to institutions - how do First Nations/Native American student affairs units work? How do they support Indigenous students and how do they intersect with non-Indigenous based units on campus?

For several years, with the assistance of Michael O'Shea, we have been working to advance a Critical Indigenous Higher Education Geography framework** to better understand the spatial relationships among post-secondary campuses, Indigenous Student Centres (ISCs), Indigenous homelands, and contemporary reservations and territories. Through these maps we centre Indigenous lands while providing a way to visualize the history of where post-secondary institutions sit, whose land they occupy, and who was removed for these institutions to exist.

At the centre of this work is an interactive map under development. I invite you to view the map and offer any suggestions or feedback you might have:

I am on sabbatical this academic year 2021-2022.

Academic History

2004: PhD in Higher Education, Syracuse University
2002: MA in Liberal Studies, State University of New York Empire State College
1983: BA Syracuse University

Teaching Overview

I coordinate the MEd Student Development/Student Services stream. Students have the opportunity to enrol in a new internship experience at the University of Toronto Mississauga campus and now UT Scarborough. There were 4 positions available summer 2021. Info here

Fall: LHA1854H Student Development Theories in Higher Education

Winter: LHA1856H Advanced Student Development Theories in Higher Education
LHA1844 The Student Experience in Post-Secondary Education
Every other winter: LHA5804 Indigenous Student Perspectives in Higher Education

Representative Publications

Edited books:
Waterman, S. J., Lowe, S. C., & Shotton. H. J. (Eds.) (2018). Beyond access: Indigenizing programs for Native American student success. Sterling, VA: Stylus.
Shotton, H. J., Lowe, S. C., & Waterman, S. J. (Eds.) (2013).  Beyond the asterisk:  Understanding Native students in higher education. Sterling, VA:  Stylus.

Selected Articles:

**Waterman, S. J. & O’Shea, M. D. (2019, November 15). Toward a critical Indigenous higher education geography (CIHEC) Roundtable. Association for the Study of Higher Education annual conference, Portland, OR

Turner, C. V. S., & Waterman, S. J. (2019). Pushing back against deficit narratives: Mentoring as scholars of color. Texas Education Review, Special issue: Critical Forum on Cross-Cultural Mentoring, 8(1), 1-18.

Waterman, S. J., Larocque, S., & Cardelus, C. [Interview]. (2019). Shared learning: A discussion of Indigenous knowledge & pedagogy. Communiqué CACUSS/ASEUCC, 19(1), 30-32.

Waterman, S. J. (2019). New research perspectives on Native American students in higher education. Journal Committed to Social Change on Race and Ethnicity, 5(1), 60-80.

Shotton, H. J., Tachine, A. R., Nelson, C. A., R. Z., Minthorn, & Waterman, S. J. Living our research through Indigenous scholar sisterhood practices. Qualitative Inquiry. Prepublished December 17, 2017. Doi: 10.1177/1077800417744578
Waterman, S. J. & Harrison, I. D. (2017). Indigenous Peoples Knowledge Community (IPKC): Self-determination in higher education. Journal of Student Affairs Research & Practice, 54(3), 316-328.
*Willmott, K. E., *Sands, T. L., *Raucci, M., & Waterman, S. J. (2016). Native American college students: A group forgotten. Journal of Critical Scholarship in Higher Education and Student Affairs, 2(1), 79-104.
Waterman, S. J., & *Sands, T. L. (2016). A pathway to college success: Reverse transfer as a means to move forward among the Haudenosaunee (Iroquois). Journal of American Indian Education 55(2), 51-74
Singson, J. M., Tachine, A., Davidson, C. E., & Waterman, S. J. (2016). A Second Home: Indigenous considerations for campus housing. Journal of College & University Student Housing, 41(1), 95-109.
Waterman, S. J. (2013). Using theory to tell it like it is. The Urban Review, 45(4), 335-354. doi:10.1007/s11256-012-0233-2 
Waterman, S. J., & Lindley, L. (2013).  Cultural strengths to persevere: American Indian women in higher education. NASPA Journal About Women in Higher Education, 6(2), 139-165.
Waterman, S. J. (2012). Home-going as a strategy of success among Haudenosaunee college and university students.  Journal of Student Affairs Research and Practice, 49(2), 193-209.  
Waterman, S. J., & Arnold, P. P. (2010). The Haudenosaunee flag raising: Cultural symbols and intercultural contact.  Journal of American Indian Education, 49(1&2), 125-144. 
Book Chapters:

Waterman, S. J. & Bazemore-James, C. (2019). It’s more than us: Knowledge and knowing. In E. Abes, S. R. Jones, & D-L. Stewart (Eds.), Rethinking college student development theory using critical frameworks. (Chapter 13, pp. 158-170). Sterling, VA: Stylus.

Waterman, S. J. (2018). Indigeneity in the methods: Indigenous feminist theory in content analysis. In R. Minthorn & H. S. Shotton (Eds.) Reclaiming Indigenous Research in Higher Education (Chapter 12, pp. 178-190). New York, NY: Routledge.
Davidson, C. E., Shotton, H. S., Minthorn, R. S., & Waterman, S. J. (2018). The need for Indigenizing research in higher education scholarship. In R. Minthorn & H. S. Shotton, (Eds.) Reclaiming Indigenous Research in Higher Education (Chapter 1, pp. 7- 17). New York, NY: Routledge.
Waterman, S. J. & Kinsella, S. (2017). The use of Indigenous worldviews, reflective practice, and storytelling to promote integrated learning. In R. Harper & J. Fried, (Eds.) Learning everywhere on campus: Teaching strategies for student affairs professionals (pp. 57-69). New York, NY: Routledge.
Guiffrida, D. A., Kiyama, J. M, Waterman, S. J., & Museus, S. D.  (2011).  Moving from cultures of individualism to cultures of collectivism in support of students of color. In S. D. Museus, & U. M. Kayakumar (Eds.), Creating campus cultures: Fostering success among racially diverse student populations (pp. 68-87).  New York, NY: Routledge.
Waterman, S. J. (2011).  Native American Millennial students. In F. Bonner, II, A. F. Marbley, & M. F. Howard Hamilton (Eds.), Diverse Millennial students in college (pp. 157-171). Sterling, VA: Stylus.
Shotton, H. S., Waterman, S. J., Harper, R., & Wilson, N. L. (2010).  Isolation and traditional Native identity: Hodekki.  In R. Harper, & N. L. Wilson (Eds.), More than listening: A casebook for using counseling skills in student affairs work (pp. 133-147). Washington, DC: NASPA.
Invited blog posts:
Waterman, S. J. (2019, November 19). Helping Indigenous students thrive in college and beyond. ACT Center for Equity in Learning blog.
Waterman, S. J. (2015, January 9). Difficult times require difficult conversations. A Community of Higher Ed Scholars, Official blog of AERA Division J.
Waterman, S. J. (2014, January 16). Native American students and internships. NASPA Region II Blog.
Research Grants and Contracts

2018-2021 Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council Institutional, Insight Grant, "Islands of Sanctuary: First Nations/Native American Student Affairs Units" ($86,565)

Honours and Awards

2018-2024 American College Personnel Association (ACPA) Senior Scholar

2019 AERA Indigenous Peoples of the Americas SIG: 2019 Mike Charleston Award for Distinguished Contributions to Research in Indigenous Education

2019 NASPA: Student Affairs Professionals in Higher Education 2019 Robert H. Shaffer Award for Outstanding Contribution to Higher Education

2013 Native American Leadership and Mentoring Award presented by the Rochester Institute of Technology, Future Stewards Program

2012 Outstanding Research Award from the National Association for Student Personnel Administrators Indigenous Peoples Knowledge Community.

2010 Certificate of Appreciation from the Warner Graduate Student Association LGBTQ & Allies, Special Interest Group, University of Rochester.

2005 National Academy of Education/Spencer Foundation Post-Doctoral Fellow, Syracuse University. Principal Investigator: "The Haudenosaunee College Experience: A Different Kind of Engagement," ($55,000)

Professional Activities

Editorial Board Member:
Journal of American Indian Education
Journal of Diversity in Higher Education
Journal of Higher Education

Advisory Board:
Office of Community College Research and Leadership (OCCRL) at the University of Illinois at

Other service:

American College Personnel Association (ACPA) Senior Scholar

Association for the Study of Higher Education Land Acknowledgement Working Group

Other Information

Waterman, S. J., & Pasque, P. A. (2020, May 7). Actualizing the strategic imperative in research design. ACPA2GO webinar.

^King, S. (facilitator), ^Gee, H.,^ Golden-Battle, J., ^Matta, S., & Waterman, S. J., (panelists) (2019, February 11). NASPA: Student Affairs Professionals in Higher Education Professional Development panelist. 100 Years of NASPA History: The Influence of Knowledge Communities on NASPA's History of Inclusion.