Micki Abercrombie-Donahue, Ed.D.

Assistant Professor of Education

Dr. Micki Abercrombie-Donahue has been teaching at PLNU since 2014 after serving in both public and private schools for 13 years. She is a professor of graduate studies for PLNU’s School of Education who began her teaching career working with English Language Learners in Los Angeles. After teaching ELLs in Byelorussia, she returned to teach language arts and social studies at the middle school and high school levels in Montana and Washington State. After earning her B.A. in Political Studies, an M.A. in History, and an Ed.D. in Curriculum and Instruction from Montana State University, Abercrombie-Donahue taught Multicultural Education and Curriculum Development while serving as a literacy consultant. She currently teaches courses in: Language Acquisition-Strategies for Developing Language Learners, Emergent Literacy, Middle School Literacy, Advanced Literacy, Multicultural Foundations, Cultural Competency, Culturally Responsive Pedagogy, and Curriculum Design and Assessment. She consults with school districts and enjoys a research agenda that includes: 1) The role of language and culture in shaping student educational experiences, the keys to adapting models of curriculum and instruction to meet the needs of underrepresented, multilingual, and multicultural students, 2) The role of epistemology in shaping student performance in educational settings and best methods of implementing Indigenous epistemologies, languages, and pedagogies into classroom settings, 3) The key elements to successful teaching and learning for DLLs in schools, 4) The keys to developing cultural competency, cultural proficiency, critical inquiry, and reflection within pre-service teachers and educational practitioner populations, and 5) Teaching for change, instructional models of literacy and language education that promote equality of educational opportunity and student achievement.


  • Ed.D., Curriculum and Instruction, Montana State University 
  • M.A., History, Montana State University
  • B.A., Political Studies-Constitutional Law

Courses Taught

  • Principles of Language Acquisition
  • Cultural Competence in a Pluralistic Society
  • Advanced Literacy Assessment, Instruction, and Intervention
  • Advanced Research Based Literacy Instruction for All Students
  • Curriculum Development, Innovation, and Evaluation 
  • Foundations of Education and Learning Theory
  • Philosophy of Education

Experience in Field

  • Assistant Professor, School of Education, PLNU, 2015 – present
  • Adjunct Faculty, School of Education, Northwest University, 2012 – 2014
  • Adjunct Faculty, School of Education, Seattle Pacific University, 2011 –  2012
  • Doctoral Fellowship-University Instructor, College of Education, Montana State University, 2004 – 2010
  • Teacher, Northshore Christian Academy, 2012 – 2015
  • Teacher, Bozeman Senior High School, 2003 – 2004
  • Teacher, Petra Academy, 1998 – 2005

Professional and Community Involvement

  • National Association of Bilingual Education, 2015 – present
  • California Association of Bilingual Education, 2015 – present
  • National Council of Teachers of English, 2014 – present
  • National Association of Multicultural Education, 2008 – present 
  • Phi Kappi Phi, 1997 – present
  • National Council of Social Studies, 2001 – present
  • Reviewer, Common Ground Publishing, 2016

Awards and Honors

  • Phi Kappa Phi Honors Scholar, 1997 – present
  • Residential Doctoral Fellowship, 2006 – present
  • John Stead Memorial Scholar, 1994 – 1997
  • Montana University System Honors Scholar, 1991 – 1993

Dissertations, Presentations, and Publications

  • M. Abercrombie, (2017). Mitaku Ye Oyasin (All are Related): A Tribal Critical Race Theory Ethnography Exploring Educators’ Perceptions of Indian Education for All, Common Ground Publishing: Champagne, IL. 
  • Carjuzaa, J. & M. Abercrombie, (2008). Parallels and Contrasts between Cultural and Civic Competence: Preparing Teachers for the 21st Century, The International Journal of Diversity in Organizations, Communities, and Nations, 8 (5), 11-18. 
  • Abercrombie, M., (2008). Social, Political, and Economic Networks in Late Bronze Age Greece Unit. Published in the text, Teaching in the Middle and Secondary Schools written by R. Kellough & J. Carjuzaa, Prentice Hall. 
  • M. Abercrombie, Relationality, Racial Reconciliation, and Indigenous Voice: A Tribal Critical Race Theory Ethnography, National Association of Multicultural Education, Cleveland, OH, November, 2016.
  • M. Abercrombie, Educators’ Perceptions of Indian Education for All: A Tribal Critical Race Theory Ethnography, International Conference on Diversity, Organizations, and Nations, Granada, Spain, July 2016.
  • Carjuzaa, J., M. Abercrombie, & E. Swaney, Westward Expansion or Eastern Invasion-Indian Education for All and Decolonizing School Curriculum, National Association of Multicultural Education Conference, New Orleans, LA, October 2008. 
  • Abercrombie, M. & J. Carjuzaa, Multicultural Citizenship: Alternative Strategies for Preparing Teacher Educators in a Diverse and Global World, 4th International Globalization, Diversity, and Education Conference, Spokane, WA, February 2008.
  • Abercrombie, M. Indian Education for All-Decolonizing Pedagogical Praxis 
  • Across the Curriculum, Poster Presented at Montana State University- Indian Education for All Conference, Bozeman, MT, March 2009.
  • Carjuzaa, J. & M. Abercrombie, Enriching the Core Curriculum by Integrating Indian Education for All, Montana Indian Education Association Conference, Missoula, MT, April 2008.
  • Abercrombie, M. & B. Palmer, Current Perceptions of Social Studies Curriculum and Instruction Among Area High School Teachers, Northern Rocky Mountain Educational Research Association, Sun Valley, ID, October 2006.