CHiXapkaid is a Professor of Native American Studies in the Department of Education Studies at the University of Oregon. His scholarship draws primarily from his experience as a traditional bearer among the Southern Salish people and as an enrolled tribal member of the Skokomish Nation. A nationally renowned scholar, he specializes in the discipline of higher education with a focus on improving American Indian and Alaska Native postsecondary access and achievement. Much of his published scholarship brings attention to the intersection of Native culture and educational attainment/achievement and teacher training.
He continues to engage in these research foci through scholarship that advances opportunities to incorporate Native culture and wisdom in the educational and professional development process. CHiXapkaid is an experienced Principal Investigator on large multi-year funded projects and accomplished methodologist who skillfully blends quantitative with qualitative research to respond to the dominant culture’s demand for statistical outcomes as well as to the Native culture’s demand to make the voices of its people heard. He has published widely on the importance of school environments to increase the social and academic success of Native students in school, integrating Native culture into school curricula, and training teachers to teach Native students. Similarly, he has conducted several secondary data analyses to examine the educational outcomes for AI/AN students using NCES databases to examine the impact of school-level factors on student achievement, and learning styles specific to Native populations.
CHiXapkaid has completed a total of 33 professional reports and evaluations of existing programs specifically designed to serve Native students or prepare personnel to teach Native populations. He is a popular and sought after presenter at international, national, and regional conferences, and is instrumental in bridging public and higher education in the United States with the preservation of Native culture. Among his many talents, CHiXapkaid is an accomplished traditional artist, singer, dancer, and storyteller.