Send Me An Email
Back to Directory

Sunshine Sullivan

Associate Professor of Education; Chair, Education Department

Send Me An Email

Courses Taught

  • Early Childhood Education: Language & Literacy Development
  • Educating Exceptional Learners
  • Foundations of Language & Literacy for Diverse Learners I & II
  • Issues in Inclusive Education I
  • Language, Literacy, & Curriculum Integration for Diverse Learners
  • Language & Literacy Development in Middle Grades
  • Senior Capstone: Seminar on Reflective Teaching

Professional Members/Associations

  • American Council for Rural Special Education
  • International Christian Community for Teacher Education
  • Literacy Research Association
  • National Council of Teachers of English
    • Conference on English Education

Professional Experience/Achievements

  • Faculty Development Coordinator for Houghton College faculty (2015- present)
  • Facilitator of digital literacy PLC for local teachers (2015-present)
  • Professional Development Provider around literacy and diverse learners (2012-present)
  • Special Education Teacher and Consultant for grades 9-12 (1997-99) and grades K-5 (1999-2004)

Research Interests

  • Professional Learning Communities around Digital Literacies
  • Reflective Pedagogy and Teacher Development
  • Narrative and Discourse Analysis


*Indicates Houghton College undergraduate student

Recent Publications

  • Sullivan, S.R. & Clarke, T. (2017). “Teachers first: Hands-on PD with digital writing.” English Journal, 106(3), 69-74.
  • Wallace, E.R. *& Sullivan, S.R. (2016). “Evolving reflections: A narrative inquiry of an emerging educator.” Excelsior: Leadership in Teaching and Learning, 10(1), 39-51.

Recent Presentations

  • Bruce, D., Sullivan, S.R., & Barrett, N. (June 2017). Crafty participants: Mediation in CoP and digital literacies. Conference for English Educators. (Columbus, OH)
  • Bruce, D., Sullivan, S.R., Barrett, N., Gonzalez, C.H. (June 2017). What’s one story?: Using DV to share stories of (Com)passion. Conference for English Educators. (Columbus, OH)
  • Sullivan, S.R. & Bruce, D. (November 2016). Writing with video: Advocacy in professional learning communities around digital literacies in rural schools. National Council of Teachers of English Annual Convention. (Atlanta, GA)
  • Sullivan, S.R. (October 2016). Empowering teaching repertoires. NYSATE/ NYACTE Annual Conference. (Saratoga Springs, NY)
  • Sullivan, S.R. (May 2016). And...: Cultivating inclusive learning communities with careful and caring conjunctions (ICCTE Invited Lecture). International Community of Christians in Teacher Education Biennual Meeting. (Chicago, IL)
  • Bruce, D. & Sullivan, S.R. (2015). Sharing our stories: Using multimodal and multigenre composing to bridge literacy practices from classroom to community. The International Federation for the Teaching of English, Conference on English Education Summer Conference. (New York, NY)
  • Sullivan, S.R. (2014). Teacher agency: Understanding it through an emerging educator’s narrative research, reflections, and actions. International Community of Christians in Teacher Education Biennual Meeting. (Ancaster, Ontario, Canada)