Terry Huffman

Terry Huffman, PhD

Professor of Education



Terry Huffman came to George Fox University as a member of the sociology program in 2003 and joined the Doctor of Education department in 2006. He is the primary author of transculturation theory, a major theoretical perspective on indigenous education. Transculturation theory links strong cultural identity with academic success among Native American students and is widely used by scholars working in the area of indigenous education around the world. He teaches courses in research methods and political and social perspectives on education. Dr. Huffman was the recipient of the 2011-2012 Graduate Faculty Achievement Award for Research & Scholarship.


PhD, Iowa State University (sociology)
MA, Marshall University (sociology)
BS, University of South Dakota (sociology and psychology)

Selected Recent Publications 

Huffman T. (2018). Tribal strengths and Native education: Voices from the reservation classroom. Amherst, MA: University of Massachusetts Press.

Huffman, T. (2013). American Indian educators in reservation schools. Reno, NV: University of Nevada Press.

Huffman, T. (2010). Theoretical perspectives on American Indian education: A new look at educational success and the achievement gap. Lanham, MD: AltaMira Press.

Huffman, T. (2008). American Indian higher educational experiences: Cultural visions and personal journeys. New York: Peter Lang Publishing.

Journal Articles
Ferguson, R. & Huffman, T. (2018). Factors associated with the post-college aspiration to serve reservation communities among Native American students. Educational Researcher: Theory and Practice, 29(1), 1-14.

Huffman T. (2016). Native American educators and their leadership roles on reservations in the Northern Great Plains. Great Plains Research, 26(1), 15-34.

Huffman, T. (2013). Native American educators’ perceptions on cultural identity and tribal cultural education: An application of transculturation theory. Journal of American Indian Education, 52(3), 21-40.

Book Chapter
Huffman, T. (In press). Transculturation theory: A framework for understanding tribal identity and academic success. J. Reyhner (Ed.), Honoring our students: Culturally appropriate approaches for teaching Indigenous students. Flagstaff, AZ: Northern Arizona University Press.

Outside the Classroom

Terry enjoys photography, hiking with his family, horseback riding, and Negro League baseball history. As a sideline, he also strives to be a constant source of embarrassment to his teenaged daughter (it’s in the Father’s Manual).