Faculty and Staff

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

Assistant Professor of Ojibwe- The College of St. Scholastica Email: msullivan@css.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.