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David Sanders, Ph.D.

Vice President, Research, Evaluation and Faculty Development

Executive Summary

David Sanders is the Vice President of Research, Evaluation, and Faculty Development at the American Indian College Fund. An enrolled member of the Oglala Sioux Tribe, he was born on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota, where he grew up in the small community of Oglala. Sanders holds a bachelor’s degree in mathematics, a secondary mathematics teacher’s certificate, a master’s degree, and a Ph.D., both in curriculum and instruction in mathematics education, from the University of Colorado.

Prior to joining the American Indian College Fund, he taught secondary mathematics at Chinle High School on the Navajo Nation before working as the Director of the University of Colorado Upward Bound Program.

Professional Experience

David Sanders is an enrolled member of the Oglala Sioux Tribe. He was born in Pine Ridge, SD and grew up in the rural Oglala community on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. He is the Vice President of Research, Evaluation and Faculty Development. He oversees all aspects of research and program evaluation for the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs including the development of both ORSP’s research agenda and sponsored program lines of inquiry. He assists and guides the American Indian College Fund’s use of research data and evaluation with the intent of showing the impact of the College Fund’s programming.

David is leading the development of database infrastructure surrounding American Indian College Fund Scholarship recipient graduation and retention data and integrating programs data and outcomes. He collaborates with Tribal Colleges and Universities s to assist their capacity for data collection and reporting. He develops research inquiries that effectively highlights the incredible work occurring at Tribal Colleges and Universities and demonstrates the value of a TCU education.

David’s career is situated in Indian education. He taught secondary mathematics at Chinle High School on the Navajo Nation. He also led the University of Colorado Upward Bound Program, first as the academic coordinator then as the director. The CU-Upward Bound Program worked with low-income, first generation high school students from twenty-one tribal communities across an eight state region.

David earned his bachelor’s degree in mathematics from the University of Colorado at Boulder. He also received a secondary mathematics teacher credential, a master’s and Ph.D. in instruction and curriculum in mathematics education from CU-Boulder. His graduate work focused on the impact of self-determination policy on the teaching and learning of mathematics in a Lakota K-8 school.