Dr. Alisun Thompson is an Assistant Professor of Education in the Department of Teacher Education at Lewis and Clark Graduate School of Education and Counseling. In addition to working with pre-service teachers, she also teaches social foundations courses on the undergraduate campus.
Alisun began her work in education as a middle school language arts teacher and instructional coach supporting teachers in their work with culturally and linguistically diverse students. She left the field in 2007 to pursue a PhD in education from the University of California Santa Cruz but remains dedicated to advocating for students from non-dominant and historically marginalized communities and understanding how to prepare and support teachers to better meet their needs.
Before coming to Lewis & Clark, Alisun was a teacher educator and postdoctoral researcher at the University of California Santa Cruz. Her postdoctoral research was funded by the National Science Foundation and focused on the recruitment and retention of math and science teachers in high-need schools.