Stephanie Waterman, Onondaga, turtle clan, joined the Warner School after more than 20 years of experience at Syracuse University, including serving as faculty associate for the Native Student Program. Waterman was the first Onondaga to earn a Ph.D. from Syracuse University. Her dissertation, “The Haudenosaunee College Experience: A Complex Path to Degree Completion,” was the first study of Haudenosaunee (Iroquois) college experiences.
Waterman began her formal education at the Onondaga Nation School located on the Onondaga Nation. After graduating from high school in three years, she went on to Syracuse as an HEOP student. She completed her master’s degree through SUNY Empire State College while working at Syracuse in their Center for the Support of Teaching and Learning (CSTL). CSTL prepared the institution’s graduation and attrition report and it was there that she came to her dissertation topic: the college experiences of Haudenosaunee.
Some of Waterman’s memberships include the Native American Indian Education Association of New York, National Indian Education Association, Association for the Study of Higher Education, American Education Research Association, Central New York Native American Consortium as well as serving as Region II representative for the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators Indigenous Peoples Knowledge Community. She currently serves on the State University of New York Special Diversity and Cultural Competency Committee.
Waterman’s research interests are native American college experiences, the role staff play in student retention, race and gender in higher education, indigenous methodologies/pedagogy, college transition, and critical race theories. A 2005 National Academy of Education/Spencer Post-Doctoral Fellow, she was able to expand her research on the Haudenosaunee college experience. Waterman has taught classes in sociology, race and gender in higher education, history of education, and indigenous education.