School of Education's Sulentic Dowell Invited to Prestigious Retreat



BATON ROUGE--Margaret-Mary Sulentic Dowell, PhD, Cecil "Pete" Taylor endowed professor, recently participated in the Earnest Oberholtzer Foundation’s Individual Artists’ and Writers’ Week II Retreat on remote Mallard Island.

As the director of the Louisiana State University Writing Project and coordinator of the School of Education’s PhD program in Educational Administration, Sulentic Dowell was honored by the invitation to participate in the program for the second time.

"Dr. Sulentic Dowell’s experiences will have a direct benefit on the School of Education students who attend her summer writing project courses each year,” explains F. Neil Mathews, PhD, director of the School of Education. “Her acceptance and participation at the prestigious Oberholtzer Foundation’s Retreat is one of the many special recognition awards that she has received the past few years."

The purpose of the Oberholtzer Foundation’s Individual Artists’ and Writers’ retreat is to support the work of artists and writers in an intensive week-long experience that provides space to work individually yet within a community of like-minded scholars and artists.

Sulentic Dowell’s research centers on the intersectionality of literacy, leadership, and urban education. During the retreat, Sulentic Dowell focused on an autoethnography of her experiences as a top-level school district administrator during the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.

“The setting of Mallard Island, home to Oberholtzer’s archival photographs, massive book collection, and the amazing architecture – contained in 6 historical structures--as well as being surrounded by Anishinaabe culture, was both motivating and stimulating,” Sulentic Dowell says.

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