A Christian College of the Liberal Arts & Sciences

Sunshine Sullivan

Assistant Professor of Education; Chair, Education Department

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Education

  • Ph.D., University of Buffalo (2012)
  • M.S., Binghamton University (2004)
  • B.A., Mount Vernon Nazarene University (1997)

Courses Taught

  • Content-Area Learning Strategies in Middle School Classrooms
  • Early Childhood Language and Literacy Development
  • Educating Exceptional Learners
  • Foundations of Language and Literacy for Diverse Learners, I & II
  • Intercultural Literacy and Development in Zambia 
  • Issues in Inclusive Education I
  • Seminar of Reflective Teaching
  • Workshop: Language Acquisition and Literacy Development

Professional Memberships

  • Council for Exceptional Children
  • International Reading Association
  • Literacy Research Association
  • American Educational Research Association

 Professional Experiences and Consultancies
*Indicates Houghton College undergraduate student

Sullivan, S.R. 2012. Patterns of classroom talk informing and informed by a 4th grade learning community.
International Community of Christians in Teacher Education Biannual Meeting.
Sullivan, S.R. 2010. Contingently informed critical dialogue: Empowering critical minds & voices. 60th
Reading Conference Annual Meeting.
Sullivan, S.R., Boyd, M.P., Bartleo, K. 2010. Facilitating classroom discussions. Target your teaching fall 
conference for teaching assistants at University of Buffalo.
Freytag, C., Sullivan, S.R., Brate, S.*, Cradduck, E.* 2009. Culturally responsive literacy instruction. Council for Exceptional Children Annual Meeting.
Sullivan, S.R., Haas, A.*2008. Individual and collaborative life-long learning. International Community of Christians in Teacher Education Biannual Meeting.

Collaborates with classroom teachers from local rural schools and Buffalo inner-city schools
Consultant for the Committee for the BOCES 21st Century Grant (2004-2008)
Consultant for the 21st Century Mentoring Program (2007-2010)
Professional Development Facilitator (2001-2004)
Special Education Teacher and Consultant for grades 9-12 (1997- 1999) and grades K-5 (1999- 2004)

Research Interests

  • Inclusive Learning Communities and Literacy Learning
  • Narrative and Discourse Analysis
  • Reflective Pedagogy and Teacher Development

Personal Journey

“Love the Lord your God with all of your heart and with all of your soul and with all of your mind and with all of your strength… Love your neighbor as yourself. There is no commandment greater than these.”
Mark 12:30-31

One of my greatest joys is to grow with students toward understanding and following these commandments.  I have enjoyed conversations in class settings, small groups in my home, as well as individual conversations in the coffee shop that draw us closer to God and all of our neighbors.  I thank God for the opportunity to serve Him here as well as the challenges He has and will continue to guide me through

As you consider what God is calling you to do, remember the passage above.  How and where we follow these commandments will look differently for each of us. Seek Him first. Take time to be still and know that HE is God and trust Him with all of your heart and understanding.

May you find peace and understanding throughout your journey. May you know that God loves you and although I do not know you, my brother and sister, I love you too.