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Shawn Secatero, PhD

Associate Professor, Educational Leadership

Hokona Hall 388
505 277-6018

Dr. Shawn Secatero is a member of the Canoncito Band of Navajos and is an Assistant Professor in the Teacher Education, Educational Leadership Program at UNM. He has ten years of teaching background at the secondary-higher education level and specializes in holistic education and wellness. Dr. Secatero is currently developing an indigenous based holistic well-being model in education and leadership as part of his research.

Research & Scholarly Interests

  • Higher Education, Indigenous Leadership
  • Holistic Education
  • Wellness Studies
  • Literacy Education
  • Indigenous Education
  • Program Development


  • LEAD 521: School Finance and Resource Allocation
  • LEAD 501: Leadership in a Democratic Society
  • LEAD 530 Conflict Resolution in Schools and Organizations
  • LEAD 601 Leadership Perspectives
  • LEAD 505: Visionary Leadership for Learning
  • LLSS 593: Issues in American Indian Education.

Special projects/initiatives

  • Coordinator of Educational Leadership POLLEN (Promoting Our Learning, Leadership and Empowering Nations) Kellogg Grant School Administrators Program for Native American Schools Cohort
  • Faculty Advisor for Society of Native American Graduate Students (SNAGS) at UNM
  • Director of Striking Eagle Native American Basketball Invitational and Education Fair at UNM