Summer Session Instructors

Instructor Bios

Candace Kaleimamoowahinekapu Galla (Kanaka Hawaiʻi) from the island of Hawaiʻi is an Associate Professor at the University of British Columbia in the Institute for Critical Indigenous Studies (Faculty of Arts) and the Department of Language and Literacy Education (Faculty of Education). Her scholarship and practice focus on Hawaiian language and Indigenous languages at the intersection of education, revitalization, digital technology, well-being, traditional and cultural practices, and policy and planning; and decolonizing and Indigenizing the academy to create pathways for Indigenous thinkers and scholars, and scholarship – locally, nationally, and globally. Prior to her position at UBC, she taught at Ka Haka ʻUla O Keʻelikōlani College of Hawaiian Language at the University of Hawaiʻi Hilo, and served as the Program Coordinator for the American Indian Language Development Institute at the University of Arizona. (invited)


Adrienne Tsikewa, Zuni Pueblo, is currently a PhD student in Linguistics at the University of California, Santa Barbara. She is heavily involved with Natives4Linguistics, a collaborative project that promotes Indigenous needs and intellectual tools as ways of doing linguistic science. She currently serves as the convener for the newly formed Native4Linguistics Special Interest Group (under the Linguistic Society of America). She is also a current member of the CoLang Advisory Circle and co-facilitated the Life in Communities course in 2018. She earned an MA in Native American Languages and Linguistics (NAMA) from the University of Arizona in 2013. During her time at Arizona, she served as a Graduate Assistant for the American Indian Language Development Institute (AILDI). Her research interests include language documentation and description, language reclamation, language maintenance/revitalization, sociocultural and applied linguistics. (invited)


Joe Dupris an enrolled member of the Klamath Tribes and a descendant of the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe. He is a second year Ph.D. student in the joint Anthropology & Linguistics (ANLI) program and came to the U of A in 2014 to pursue his Master of Arts degree in the Department of Linguistics, specializing in Native American Linguistics (NAMA). His research, developed through community experience, archival research, and historical resources, examines descriptive and theoretical aspects of maqlaqsyals (Klamath-Modoc) grammar in the traditional Klamath Tribes region of the Upper Klamath Basin in Oregon and northern California. (invited)


Stan Rodriguez is a Kumeyaay language speaker with extensive experience in the Master/Apprentice  immersion method. He has taught language classes at California State University, San Marcos and at the Kumeyaay Tribal College.He has taught language and culture revitalization workshops around the world. He has received numerous awards for his educational leadership and he received his Ed.D from San Diego State University. He is currently a council member for the Santa Ysabel Band of the Iipay Nation. (invited)


Ofelia Zepeda, Tohono O'odham,  is a Regents' Professor in Linguistics at the University of Arizona. She is also the director of the American Indian Language Development Institute. She is internationally known for her linguistic work and for her poetry. She has received numerous awards and accolades that recognize her interdisciplinary research and publications. She is also a recipient of the MacArthur Fellow award. She currently serves on the board of directors for Tohono O'odham Community College. More.