Dr. Cathi Cornelius, Ed.D.


B.S., Elementary Education, Oklahoma State University

M.S., Curriculum and Instruction, Northeastern State University

Ed.D., Curriculum and Instruction, Oklahoma State University

Area of Expertise: Multicultural Education, cultural competence/cultural based education/culturally responsive teaching, urban education, curriculum and instruction, supervision and evaluation, gifted and talented/high ability, social studies and social justice, and social foundations

Cathi Cornelius

Office: Oldenburg Hall, Room 276
Office Phone: 317.955.6139
Email: ccr@marian.edu

"Different does not mean deficit." -Dr. Jawanza Kunjufu

Professional Interests and Affiliations

  • Equitable School Discipline Workgroup member and Education Advisory Committee member of the Children's Policy and Law Initiative for Indiana  (2013-present)

  • Indiana Alliance of Black School Educators (IABSE)

    • President – 2011-present

    • Vice President - 2010-11

  • National Conference Co-Chair 2008-09

    • Secretary – 2009-08

    • University Committee Chair – 2006-08

    • Annual Professional Development/Community Partnership Series Chair hosting bimonthly meetings and monthly events (Summer/Fall/Spring 2009-present)

  • Indianapolis Alliance of Black School Educators Annual Recruitment and Retention Fair for Educators of Color (Marian University) 2013-present

  • Indianapolis Alliance of Black School Educators Annual Scholarship Dinner (Marian University) 2005-present 

  • Indiana Civil Rights Commission Education Committee – Member –  attending meetings (Spring 2007-2008) Indianapolis, Indiana

  • Indiana Chapter of the National Alliance of Black School Educators (IABSE) Organization Planning Committee Member – attending (often hosting) bimonthly meetings (Summer/Fall, 2003-2006) Indianapolis, Indiana

  • Indiana Chapter of the National Association of Multicultural Education (IN-NAME) Treasurer, Board Representative and Conference Committee Member - attending bimonthly meetings (Summer/Fall, 2003-09) IPS Crispus Attucks

  • Urban Infusion Conference Planning Committee and Committee Chair – Registration Chair and Donations Chair – attending bimonthly meetings (Summer/Fall, 2003-07) Indianapolis Public Schools

Honors and Awards

  • IPS-Indianapolis Public Schools Community Sage, January 2014

Oklahoma City Public Schools:

  • Selected as an Oklahoma City Public Schools Excellent Educator, 1995

Oklahoma Department of Education:

  • Recipient of a Doctoral Study Grant Scholarship, 1996-99

Oklahoma State University:

  • Recipient of a Minority Doctoral Study Grant Scholarship, 1996-99

  • Selected as a member of Phi Delta Kappa Honor Society, 1997 

  • Selected as a member of Kappa Delta Pi Honor Society, 1996 

  • Selected as a member of Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society, 1988 

  • Selected as a member of Golden Key National Honor Society, 1987


Professional Memberships


  • American Educational Research Association

  • American Association of University Women

  • Association of Teacher Educators - Indiana Unit

  • Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development

  • Kappa Delta Pi

  • National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Educators (Evaluator)

  • National Association of Multicultural Education

  • National Association for Gifted and Talented Children

  • National Alliance of Black School Educators

  • National Council for the Social Studies

  • Phi Delta Kappa

  • Phi Kappa Phi

Board Positions

  • Flanner House Elementary School Board Member (2006-present)

  • Education Committee Chair 2013-present

  • Somebody Inc. Board Member (2012-present)


National Conference Committee – Conference Committee Member

2014 National African Studies Association Conference (ASA), Indianapolis Conference Center, Indianapolis, IN., November, 2014, anticipating approximately 2,500 conference attendees/participants.

National Conference Co-Chair

2009 National Alliance of Black School Educators (NABSE), Indianapolis Conference Center, Indianapolis, IN., November 18-22, 2009, 3,100 conference attendees/participants

Personal Interests

Traveling, site seeing, city and cultural tours (hop-on-hop-off bus), the arts (musical concerts, theater, and ballet), cultural activities, intellectual and historical lecture series/forums, museums and historic sites, ethnic cuisine/dining, attending thoroughbred racing events, dancing, reading, and “celebrating life” with family and friends.


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