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Cultural Education Panel II

Jill Shafer (Moderator) is an assistant professor in the Department of Teaching and Learning at UND. She currently teaches multicultural education and English language learner education courses. Jill received her Ph.D. from Texas A&M University in Adult and Extension Education. She has taught both English Language Learner Education to students in the U.S. and English as a Foreign Language to students in Uzbekistan. Prior to joining the faculty at UND, she directed the intensive English language program located on the UND campus.

Phil Baird is the Vice President of Academic, Career & Technical Education at United Tribes Technical College (UTTC) in Bismarck, N.D. An enrolled member of the Rosebud Sioux Tribe (Sicangu Lakota), he has professional experience in agriculture, education, economic development, and tribal gaming. He earned his B.S. degree in animal science/pre-veterinary medicine from South Dakota State University and a master’s degree (agricultural education) from Iowa State University. Phil was named an SDSU Distinguished Alumni (Service to Education) in 1997 and received an honorary doctorate degree from Sinte Gleska University in 2005. He has national leadership experience with a range of American Indian associations.

Bruce FarnsworthB.S. Zoology, M.A., Environmental Education, is a widely-published conservation and travel photographer focusing on wildlife, sustainable tourism and indigenous studies. His feature and assignment work include  Smithsonian , Harvard's  ReVista  and  The Nature Conservancy magazines.  He is the founder and director of Raw Rainforest Photography and Educational Tours. He completed his master’s degree will studying in Amazonian Ecuador. Bruce is currently a doctoral student in the Department of Educational Foundations and Research at UND.  

Mosab Bajaber is currently a Ph.D. student at UND. His field of interest is in cultural diversity. He has taught English and Arabic language and literature to both Arabic and English students, at the university and high school level. He has given public speeches, written articles, and spoken on panels on issues of cultural diversity and interfaith dialogue. Mosab comes from an Islamic background and his research frequently borrows from his experience as a member of a Muslim minority.

Kristi Houska has been a teacher in the Grand Forks Public Schools for 25 years.  She has taught English and Latin at Central High School and 7 th  grade English at Schroeder Middle School since 1997. Kristi received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from UND. She has been involved with the Sarpsborg Norway exchange for the last six years, setting up pen pals for herself and her students, and communicating on Fronter. She hosted a Sarpsborg teacher in Grand Forks in 2008 and traveled to Sarpsborg and Oslo, Norway, in 2009.