0 Sunshine Sullivan

Sunshine Sullivan

Houghton professor Sunshine Sullivan.

Sunshine Sullivan

Adjunct Professor of Education

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


  • Ph.D. | University at Buffalo
  • M.S. | Binghamton University
  • B.A. | Mount Vernon Nazarene University

Professional Memberships/Associations

  • American Council for Rural Special Education
  • International Christian Community for Teacher Education
  • Literacy Research Association
  • National Council of Teachers of English
    • English Language Arts Teacher Educators Council

Professional Experience

  • Faculty Development Coordinator for Houghton University 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., White, A.M., Damico, N., & Doerr-Stevens, C. (accepted). Walking the in between: Convening timing and space for our entangled selves. In R. Irwin, D. Barney, N. Lee, & J. Ursino (Eds.), Pedagogical Propositions: Playful Walking with A/r/tography. The International Society for Education Through Art [InSEA].
  • Boutelier, S., Moran, C., Sullivan, S.R., Rybakova, K., Damico, N., & Null, S. (2021). Multimodal assessment and the new normal: A reflection on digital best practices in teacher education. Journal of Technology and Teacher Education.
  • Sullivan, S.R., & Badley, K. (2021). Betwixt and between: Liminality in classroom and teachers’ careers. International Christian Community of Teacher Educators Journal.
  • Sullivan, S.R. (2021). Sustainable teaching: Reflective & responsive practices. In M.C. Hughes & K. Badley (Eds.), Joyful Resilience as Educational Practice: Transforming Teaching Challenges into Opportunities. Routledge.
  • Bruce, D. & Sullivan, S.R., Tetta, O., & Schilke, T. (2021). Tomorrow and tomorrow: Students, Shakespeare, and DV in academic assessments. Pedagogies: An International Journal.
  • Bruce, D., Sullivan, S.R., Barrett, N., & Gonzalez, C. (2019). “Full of sound and fury: Rural students’ use of digital literacies in exploring space, place, and identity.” In D. Pyles, R.Rish, H. Pleasants, & J. Warner, (Eds.), Negotiating Place and Space Through Digital Literacies.
  • Bruce, D., & Sullivan, S.R. (2018). “Writing with video: Learning and sharing in communities of practice.” English Record, 68(2), 1-21.
  • Sullivan, S.R. (2018). Review of K.J. Burke and A. Segall, “Christian privilege in U.S. education: Legacies and current issues.” International Journal of Christianity and Education, 20(1), 49-50.

Recent Presentations

  • Sullivan, S.R., White, A.M., Damico, N., & Doerr-Stevens, C. (November, 2020). Entanglements: Valuing multiple simultaneous identities through walking explorations. National Council of Teachers of English Annual Convention. (Houston, TX)
  • Sullivan, S.R. (January, 2020). Liminality and professional communities of practice. Houghton University Faculty Lecture Series. (Houghton, NY)
  • Damico, N., Sullivan, S.R., Doerr-Stevens, C., & White, A. (November, 2019). Artography inquiry: Collaborative online platforms to support multimodal investigations. National Council of Teachers of English Annual Convention. (Houston, TX)
  • Bruce, D. & Sullivan, S.R. (Nov. 2018). “Full of sound and fury: Rural students’ use of digital literacies in exploring space, place, and identity.” National Council of Teachers of English Annual Convention. (Houston, TX).
  • Bruce, D. & Sullivan, S.R. (Oct. 2018). “Tomorrow and tomorrow: Assessing students’ multimodal compositions.” New York State English Council. (Albany, NY).
  • Johnson, F-L.M., Juillerat, S., Jacobs, D.E., & Sullivan, S.R. (Jan. 2018). “Faculty development: Challenges, successess, and opportunities for collaboration.” CCCU 2018 International Forum. (Dallas, TX).

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