BHSU professor is one of 23 recipients of 2015 Bush Fellowship

Author: BHSU Communications/Wednesday, March 25, 2015/Categories: 2015









           Dr. John Glover, professor of American Indian studies at Black Hills State University, was a recipient of the prestigious 2015 Bush Fellowship. Glover was one of 23 selected. He will receive up to $100,000 over a 12 to 24 month period to advance his education and increase leadership skills.





Black Hills State University professor Dr. John Glover was one of the 23 awarded the prestigious 2015 Bush Fellowship.

Glover teaches American Indian Studies at BHSU and is the executive director of the non-profit organization Native Educational Endeavors, which strives toward creating educational opportunities for American Indians. He plans to use the fellowship to bridge gaps and facilitate understanding between various constituencies in South Dakota.   

The Bush Fellowship, which has invested nearly $1 billion in grants and fellowships, supports ideas and the people behind them. Glover will receive up to $100,000 over a 12 to 24 month period to pursue learning experiences and develop leadership skills. The fellowship money can be used for advanced education, networking opportunities or leadership trainings.

This year brought the largest pool of Bush Fellowship applicants in recent years. More than 600 applied for the 2015 Bush Fellowship. The pool was narrowed down to 30 finalists before the winning 23 were announced.

"I am very fortunate to be given the opportunity and there are things I can do that will certainly benefit BHSU and the community," Glover said. "The folks at B-H and in Spearfish were very supportive."

Glover, who has been at BHSU for 23 years, said he plans to earn certifications in several areas, including diversity and inclusion, non-profit management and major project management. The certifications are available through universities such as Harvard, Dartmouth and Stanford and will require less time than earning an advanced degree.

Specialized certifications in diversity and inclusion are becoming a necessity, Glover said. And this grant gives him the opportunity to advance his education while continuing his work with the National Educational Endeavors and BHSU.  

"Diversity training is becoming more prevalent," Glover said. "The demographic of the United States is changing. We need people that understand the various groups in their workforce."

He added that his work in education and with American Indian studies at BHSU also will directly benefit from advanced training in diversity and inclusion. The increased diversity in communities and universities across the state has resulted in the addition of curriculums in diversity studies, Glover said.

Glover created the Native Educational Endeavors in 2005. The organization has completed projects such as continuing education for K-12 teachers, paid student internships and native language training for educators.

Glover said his involvement in creating and operating the non-profit has led him to complete more grant work. Advanced education in non-profit management training and major project management training will allow him to better serve the non-profit industry.

"This not only expands my skillset, but these endorsements make it more likely for granting agencies to seek us out," Glover said. "The more experience I have in grant management, the more likely our applications will be approved."

Glover will attend a Bush Fellowship retreat in May where he will meet the other recipients and finalize a timeline and budget for his advanced education. Glover has taught coursework in American Indian law, politics, history and sociology. He was a visiting scholar at the University of Arizona, a global issues instructor at the Global Youth Village, fellow at the D&rsquoArcy McNickle Center for American Indian History at the Newberry Library in Chicago and an Indian Law Fellow at the University of South Dakota. Prior to a career in higher education, Glover practiced civil litigation in Minnesota and North Dakota. His first book, "Tribal Sovereigns of South Dakota: A Description of Contemporary Sioux Governments" was published in 2005.

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