• Symphony Oxendine, Cherokee/Choctaw, is an Associate Professor of Higher Education, Assistant Department Chair, and Doctoral Coordinator in the Department of Educational Leadership. Symphony worked in Student Affairs for 6 years before pursuing her doctorate. She received her Ph.D. in Educational Studies with a concentration in Higher Education and a doctoral minor in Educational Research Methodology at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro where she also received her M.Ed. in Higher Education Administration. She received her B.A. from Oklahoma State University in Applied Sociology.
  • Selected Publications

    Academic Article

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    2022-11-01 Transforming departmental professional development: Developing colleagues in a learning community using appreciative inquiryTo Improve the Academy.  41. 2022-11-01
    2021-11-01 Examining the impact of institutional integration and cultural integrity on sense of belonging for Native students at non-Native colleges and universitiesCollege Student Affairs Journal2021-11-01
    2020-06-01 Factors Related to Native American Students’ Perceptions of Campus ClimateJournal of College Student Development.  61:267-280. 2020-06-01
    2019-01-01 Leading positive change in higher education through appreciative inquiry: A phenomenological exploration of the strategic planning processJournal of Higher Education Policy and Management.  41:219-232. 2019-01-01
    2018-07-01 Pathways into the profession: Native Americans in student affairsJournal of Student Affairs Research and Practice.  55:386-398. 2018-07-01
    2017-10-01 A call to action: Disrupting assimilation and colonization in fraternity and sorority life.Essentials, Association of Fraternity/Sorority Advisors.  1-4. 2017-10-01
    2013-01-01 Suicide prevention for LGBT students -- Preventing College Student SuicideNew Directions for Student Services.  2013:55-69. 2013-01-01
    2008-01-01 The Native American fraternal values movement: Past, present, & futurePerspectives, Association of Fraternity/Sorority Advisors.  1. 2008-01-01


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    2023-12-01 The creation and significance of the Indigenous student affairs CAS standards and guidelines. -- Beyond the asterisk: Understanding Native students in higher education..  Routledge. 2023-12-01
    2023-01-01 An overview of relevant theories and models of practice. -- Handbook of Student Affairs Administration.  Jossey-Bass. 115-135. 2023-01-01
    2022-08-01 Widening the path: Reflection of two generations in academia -- Indigenous Motherhood in the Academy.  Rutgers University Press. 2022-08-01
    2021-01-01 Confronting colonization: Moving forward to remove barriers for Historically Native American Fraternities and Sororities -- Moving Culturally-Based Sororities and Fraternities Forward: Innovations in Practice.  Peter Lang. 139-155. 2021-01-01
    2021-01-01 Reframing leadership education and development for Native college students -- Shifting the Mindset: Socially Just Leadership Education.  Information Age Publishing.. 2021-01-01
    2013-01-01 The historically Native American fraternity and sorority movement -- Beyond the Asterisk: Understanding Native Students in Higher Education.  Stylus Publishing, LLC. 2013-01-01


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    2023-12-01 Appreciative Frameworks in Student AffairsWiley. 1-121. 2023-12-01
    2023-12-01 Being an appreciative educator in today's world: Unknowingly and knowingly using appreciative frameworks in higher education -- Appreciative Frameworks in Student AffairsWiley. 11-17. 2023-12-01
    2023-12-01 Editor's Notes -- Appreciative Frameworks in Student AffairsWiley. 5-10. 2023-12-01
    2021-01-01 CAS Standards for Indigenous Student AffairsCouncil for the Advancement of Standards in Higher Education (CAS). 2021-01-01
    2015-01-01 Examining the impact of institutional integration and cultural integrity on sense of belonging to predict intention to persist for Native American students at non-Native colleges and universities. 2015-01-01
    2012-05-01 From the margins with no reservationsAFA Essentials. 2012-05-01


    Research Overview

  • Dr. Oxendine's research interests include critical awareness of the social and institutional issues that affect the educational performance and institutional support of American Indians and other underrepresented groups, graduate preparation programs, cultural identity development, Historically Native American Fraternities and Sororities, student involvement and its impact on retention, leadership development, policy, and political processes within post-secondary education institutions. Her concentration on these research areas will help shape the direction and development of higher education professionals by assisting in the understanding of various institutional, psychosocial, and political processes as a means to support development for underrepresented students.
  • Full Name

  • Symphony Dawn Oxendine