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Samantha Benn-Duke

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Dr Samantha Benn-Duke


  • Assistant Professor
    Curriculum and Instruction

Office Location

  • Tahlequah
    Bagley Hall 215
    (918) 444-3715


Samantha Benn-Duke, PhD, joined the C&I faculty in January 2015. She earned her doctorate in curriculum studies from OSU. An alum with both a bachelor's and master's degree from NSU, she is the granddaughter of a student of the Cherokee National Female Seminary upon which NSU was established. She has been an educator for more than 30 years, serving 17 of those years in public school classrooms and 7 years as an administrator. Samantha's research and passion include advocating for Native American and other minority children and more effectively meeting their learning needs. She was named the 2017 Oklahoma Indian Educator of the Year by the Oklahoma Council for Indian Education. She currently serves as the president of the Oklahoma Council for Indian Education and is the first Gaylord-McCasland Teacher Fellow for the Oklahoma Hall of Fame Museum.


  • Ph D,Curriculum Studies,Oklahoma State University,Summa cum laude,2016
  • M.Ed.,School Administration,Northeastern State University,,2002
  • BA,English Education,Northeastern State University,Cum laude,1991
Trauma-informed teaching
Diversity and social justice
Professional development for teachers of Native students
Curriculum inclusive of Native students Indigenous research methodology
Preparation of teacher candidates in working with minority students

Strategies and curriculum courses

Intellectual Content:

  • Context, Preparation, and Strategies for Teaching K-12 Indigenous Students (Book, Chapter in Scholarly Book-New), Application, Submitted, ,


  • The Power of Population - State Indian Education Conference 2019 - Norman - July 2019
  • Emotionally Connected: Trauma in the Classroom - OSDE NYCP Grant Camp - NSU - June 2019
  • Engaging Struggling High School Readers & Writers - OSDE NYCP Grant Camp - NSU - June 2019
  • Hands-On Activities for People & The Environment - Annual State Social Studies Conference 2019 - Moore, OK - November 2019
  • Memories of Chilocco Boarding School: Curriculum Connections - National Indian Education Association 50th Annual Convention - Minneapolis, MN - October 2019
  • Oklahoma Curriculum Connections: Social Studies Standards - Oklahoma Council for Indian Education 40th Annual Conference - Shawnee, OK - December 2019
  • "Motivating Struggling Writers: A Cultural Engagement Model - Stabilizing Indigenous Language Symposium 22 - Riverton, WY - June 2015
  • Education of Native Students: History, Challenges, & Strategies - Teach for America - Muskogee - June 2017

Courses Taught:

  • STRAT ELL ELEM/MID - ELED 4372 - Summer 2019
  • LANG ARTS STRAT ELEM/MID - ELED 4323 - Spring 2019
  • MGMT ELEM CLASSROOM & CURR - ELED 4563 - Spring 2019
  • SOC STUDIES STRAT ELEM/MID - ELED 4343 - Spring 2019
  • SPECIAL TOPICS - ELED 4811 - Spring 2019