David Sanders, Ph.D.

Vice President, Research, Evaluation and Faculty Development



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 for ORSP 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 and data.

David has led the development of database infrastructure surrounding American Indian College Fund Scholarship recipient graduation and retention data. He collaborates with Tribal Colleges and Universities to assist them in building their capacity for data collection and reporting. He develops research that effectively highlights the incredible work occurring at Tribal Colleges and Universities.

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.