Terry Huffman

Terry Huffman, PhD


Doctor of Education Program



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.


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

Selected Recent Publications and Presentations

Huffman T. (2014, October). Hope for a better tomorrow: A typology of Native American educators and the roles they perform. Paper presented to the Ireland International Conference on Education, Dublin, Ireland.

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

Huffman, T. (2013, January). The transculturation of Native American students and teachers. Invited workshop presented to the School of Education faculty, University of South Dakota, Vermillion, South Dakota.

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.

Huffman, T. (2012, September). Native American educators’ perceptions on academic achievement among reservation students: An examination of transculturation theory. Invited paper presented at the annual meeting of the British Association for International and Comparative Education, Cambridge, England.

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