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Paula Groves Price


Paula Groves Price

Associate Dean for Diversity and International Programs
Professor — Cultural Studies and Social Thought in Education
Elson S Floyd Cultural Center Scholar in Residence
Pullman campus
Cleveland hall 328
pullman, WA  99164


Curriculum Vitae


Research interests

Paula Groves Price studies issues of equity, looking for solutions to the problems of inequalities in schools and society. Equity, broadly defined, includes fairness, social justice, and equality of both access and opportunity. To understand equity, Price researches a variety of subjects, including diversity in teacher education, state educational policies, educational reform, and the community context of education. Her interest in discovering and reclaiming the voices of black women has resulted in ethnographic research about community activists whose life stories enrich multicultural education today. Her work has this multicultural focus, she noted, “since I am multicultural in experience and background. I have an African American father and a Japanese mother. I am the youngest of eight children and the first in my family to ever go to college. And I have experienced the inequalities in the schools I have attended. My mission is to teach future educators so we do not reproduce the same problems.”

Dr. Groves Price is the editor of The Western Journal of Black Studies.

Teaching/professional interests

Dr. Groves Price teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in diversity, multicultural education, and social and cultural foundations of education. In addition, she teaches graduate courses in the Cultural Foundations and Social Thought in Education doctoral program. Course topics include critical race theory, critical ethnography, educational reform, and critical multiculturalism. Dr. Groves Price also enjoys teaching middle and high school students every summer during her culturally responsive summer camps designed for Indigenous students.

Selected Grants and Funding

  • Culturally Responsive Indigenous Science (CRIS): Connecting Land, Language, and Culture for Indigenous STEM (ISTEM) Education (PI), $2,481,274 (Grant # 130995-001) (2017-2021) NSF DRK-12 Grant for ISTEM project with Culture and Language Departments and Tribal Schools from the Coeur D’Alene Tribe (ID), Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs (OR), and Colville Confederated Tribes (WA). Co-PI’s, Christen, K. and Higheagle Strong, Z.
  •  Collaborative Curation: Extending the Plateau People’s Web Portal (Co-PI) $147,179 (Grant # 131283-001) (2017-2019) American Council for Learned Societies in collaboration with Kimberly Christen (PI) (English), Trevor Bond (Co-PI) Libraries, and Alex Merrill (Co-PI) Libraries to develop Native American Curriculum from the Plateau People’s Web Portal.
  •  WSU-Coeur d’Alene Tribe STEM, Leadership, and Sports Camp, (PI) totaling $363,368 (2004-present) Annual Grants awarded from the Coeur d’Alene Tribe Department of Education to implement a culturally responsive STEM residential summer camp for middle and high school youth.
  • Culturally Responsive Education and Community Engagement (CRECE), (PI), $5,000 (Grant # 130785-001) (2016) Grant awarded from the WA Professional Educator’s Standards Board (PESB) to enhance cultural competency across the teacher education programs. Co-PI Barrio, B.
  • WSU ADVANCE External Mentor Award, $5,000 (2015) Grant awarded to support mentorship activities for advancement to full professor

Recent accomplishments

  • Price, P.G. (Under Contract) Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Race and Education. New York: Oxford University Press.
  • Price, P.G. (2017) North America Section Editor of G.W. Noblit & W. Pink (Eds.) International Handbook of Urban Education. 2nd Edition. Springer Publishing.
  • Han, E.J. & Price, P.G. (2017) Communicating across difference: Co-cultural theory, capital and multicultural families in Korea. Journal of International and Intercultural Communication.
  • Cowan Pitre, C., Koch-Patterson, P., & Price, P.G. (2017). Developing civic-minded teacher leaders through service-learning school partnerships. The Professional Educator. 41(1), 1-17
  • Groves Price, P., & Moore, R. (2016). (Re)claiming an activist identity as criticalmathematics educators: addressing anti-black racism because #BlackLivesMatter. Revista Latinoamericana de Etnomatemática, 9(3), 77-98.
  • Han, E.J. & Price, P.G. (2015) Uncovering the hidden power of language: Critical race theory, critical language socialization and multicultural families in Korea. Journal of Intercultural Communication Research, 44(2): 108-131.
  • Price, P.G. & Mencke, P.D. (2013) Critical pedagogy and praxis with Native American youth: Cultivating change through participatory action research. The Journal of Educational Foundations, 27(3-4):85-102.
  • Kelley, J., Stair, M. & Price, P.G. (2013) Anthropomorphic veneers in the park: Questioning the master narratives through a socio-historical analysis of images and text. The Dragon Lode, 31 (2): 44-53
  • Price, P. G. (2011). Social Context of Schooling, Teaching and Learning. Part V Editor of S. Tozer, B.P Gallegos, A. Henry, M.B. Greiner and P.G. Price (Eds.) Handbook of research on the social foundations of education. Routeledge.Awards and Honors
  • 2017   College of Education Faculty Excellence Award, Diversity   Washington State University, College of Education
  • 2016   Washington State University Faculty Diversity Award, Office of the Provost
  • 2016   Provost Featured Faculty Member 
  • 2011   Martin Luther King Jr. Faculty Distinguished Service Award Office of the Provost, Equity and Diversity
  • 2009   Faculty Diversity Certificate of Recognition,  Division of Student Affairs
  • 2005   Women of Color Faculty of the Year Award, Coalition for Women Students
  • 2005   Certificate of Honor, Outstanding Mentor Award

Educational background

  • Ph.D. Social Foundations of Education, University of Carolina, Chapel Hill, 2002
  • B.A. Social Welfare and Interdisciplinary Field Studies, University of California, Bekeley, 1996
Washington State University