Trey Adcock, Ph.D.

ᏣᎳᎩᎯ ᎠᏰᎵ, Cherokee Nation; Associate Professor, Director of American Indian & Indigenous Studies; International Studies

Contact Information

  • 251-6961
  • 214 Zeis Hall


Trey Adcock (ᏣᎳᎩᎯ ᎠᏰᎵ, enrolled Cherokee Nation), PhD, is an Associate Professor of Interdisciplinary Studies and the Director of American Indian & Indigenous Studies at the University of North Carolina Asheville. He was named one of seven national Public Engagement Fellows in 2018-2019 by the Whiting Foundation for his work documenting a Bureau of Indian Affairs run day school in the TutiYi “Snowbird” Cherokee Community. He obtained his PhD from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where he was a Sequoyah Dissertation Fellow focusing on technology integration at an American Indian boarding school in Oklahoma. Dr. Adcock’s work has been published in the Journal of American Indian Education, Teaching Tolerance and Readings in Race, Ethnicity and Immigration. He currently serves as the Executive Director of the Center for Native Health and sits on the Editorial Board for the Journal of Cherokee Studies.


  • Ph. D., Education: Culture, Curriculum and Change, The University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill
  • M. Ed., Social Science Education, Armstrong Atlantic State University
  • B.A., History, The University of Florida

Courses Taught

  • AIIS 200 Intro to American Indian and Indigenous Studies
  • AIIS 210 American Indian Film Studies
  • AIIS 205 Issues, Ideas and Identity in Contemporary Native America
  • AIIS 390  Advanced Topics in American Indian & Indigenous Studies: Stories of the Snowbird Day School
  • HUM 414 Humanities: The Modern World
  • EDUC 437 6-12 Social Studies Methods


Adcock, T. (Spring 2020). Remembering Snowbird Day School. Journal of Cherokee Studies. Vol. XXXV. Museum of Cherokee Indian, Cherokee, NC.

Adcock, T. & Jackson, G. (Spring 2020). InDigitizing Cherokee History: A Timeline. Journal of Cherokee Studies. Vol. XXXV. Museum of Cherokee Indian, Cherokee, NC.~

Adcock, T. & Sanchez Martinez, J. The Teacher’s Guide to Leslie Marmon Silko’s Ceremony. Simon & Schuster, 2017.

Jackson, G., Adcock, T., & Sanchez Martinez, J. (2017). Water Protectors: DAPL and Stories of  Inhabited Territories. Readings in Race, Ethnicity and Immigration.

Adcock, T., Crave, J. & Rupert, N. (2017). Developing cultural competence through digital storytelling in preservice education. Journal of Modern Education Reform.

Adcock, T (2016) Reclaiming the narrative: Creating and sustaining culturally appropriate university programs for American Indian students. Southern Anthropological Society Journal. Volume 14.

Adcock, T. & Grant, E. (2015). Engaging the complexity of the past through local history: Buncombe Co. slave deed project. Tar Heel News.

Adcock, T. (2015). Doing history in Buncombe county. Teaching Tolerance. Spring (49). Retrieved from

Adcock, L. (2014). The Hollywood Indian gooes to school: Detournement as praxis. In J. Trier (Ed.), Detournement as Pedagogical Praxis. Boston, MA: Sense Publishers.

Adcock, L.M. (2014). Technology integration in American Indian education: An overview. The Journal of American Indian Education. 52 (3).

Adcock, L.M. & Chapman, R., (2014). Fostering digital literacy in preservice education: Designing a digital gallery. Language Experience Forum Journal. Fall/Winter.

Bolick, C., L. M. A. III, et al. (2013). Lies my digital textbook tells?: A critical examination of digital social studies textbooks. Digital Social Studies. W. Russel. Charlotte,       Information Age Publishing Inc.

Adcock, L., & Bolick, C. (2011). Web 2.0 tools and the evolving pedagogy of teacher education. Contemporary Issues in Technology and Teacher Education, 11(2). Retrieved from

Adcock, L. (2010). Creating virtual journals using voicethread. Tar Heel News, North Carolina Council for the Social Studies. Spring 2010, 10.

Non-Peer Reviewed Publications

Adcock, T. (2020). Genetic Dissenter: A conversation with John Henry Gloyne. Siwarmayu: A River of Hummingbirds. Found at

Adcock, T. (2019). Mentoring Indigenous students in COPLAC hybrid environments: A reflection. Found at

Adcock, T. & Hyde, G. (2019). Decolonizing archives through community engagement. The Archivist. Asheville, NC.

Adcock, L. & Jackson, G. (2018). Stories snowbird day schools students tell: A photo history. Allegra: Asheville, NC.

Featured Presentations

Meringolo, D., Adcock, T., Brown, R., Thomas, R., Todd, M., (2019). Routes and roadblocks: Considerations of home, migration, and belonging in publicly engaged humanities projects. Panel presentation at the National Humanities Conference. Honolulu, Hawaii.

Adcock, T., (2019). ᏚᏗᏱᏧᎾᏕᎶᏆᏍᏗᎢ ᎤᏂᏃᎮᎸᏅᎢ: Indigitizing Cherokee history. Paper presentation at theNative American and Indigenous Studies Association annual conference. The University of Waikato, Aotearoa, New Zealand.

Adcock, T., Jackson, G., Bush, O., Jackson, L.. (Spring, 2019). ᏚᏗᏱᏧᎾᏕᎶᏆᏍᏗᎢ ᎤᏂᏃᎮᎸᏅᎢ: Stories that snowbird day school students tell. Panel presentation at the Symposium of the American Indian. Tahlequah, OK.

Adcock, T. & Judson, S. (2019). History and memory in southern Appalachia: Community narratives from the segregated south. Paper presentation at the Appalachian Studies Association Conference. Asheville, NC.

Adcock, T., Jackson, G., Hardbarger, T. & Benn Duke, S. (2017). Teaching Mni Wiconi, the Standing Rock Sioux and Indigenous Activism. Presentation at the National Council of the Social Studies Annual Conference, San Francisco, CA.

Adcock, T., Sanchez-Martinez, J. (2017). Documentary as participatory research: One Million People with the Standing Rock water protectors. Presentation at the Action Research of the Networks, Cartagena, Colombia.

Ruffin, T, Adcock, T, Boakye-Boaten, A & Zunguze, J. (2016). Fostering a decolonized education in an inclusive liberal arts education.  Presentation at the Lilly Conference on Designing Effective Teaching. Asheville, NC.

Adcock, L., Crave, J., & Rupert, N. (2015). Digital storytelling: A tool for identifying and developing cultural competence. Paper presented at the Research on Teaching and Learning Summit. Kennesaw State University, Kennesaw, GA.

Adcock, L.M., Grant, E., & Miles, D. (2014). Slave Deeds as Primary Source Documents. Paper presented at the North Carolina State Social Studies Conference. Greensboro, NC.

Adcock, L.M., (2014). Technology integration in American Indian education: An overview. Paper proposed for annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association, Philadelphia, PA.

Adcock, L., Crave, J., Kessaris, K., & Ruffin, T. (2013). Resistance and Change: The struggle to foster a culturally engaged community. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the National Conference on Race & Ethnicity in American Higher Education, New Orleans, LA.

Adcock III, L.M., Bartels, J., Bolick, C.M., & Lathan, J. (2012). Lies my digital textbook tells?: A critical examination of 7 digital social studies textbooks. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the College and University Faculty Assembly, Seattle, WA.

Adcock III, L.M., (2012). Endurance and Innovation: Technology Integration at an American Indian Boarding School. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association, Vancouver, Canada.

Adcock III, L.M. & Jones, J. (2011). Connecting tools of the present to marginalized voices of the past. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the National Council of the Social Studies, Washington D.C.

Adcock III, L.M, (2011). Challenging the Hollywood Indian: Detournement as pedagogy. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association, New Orleans, LA.

Adcock III, L.M., & Walbert, D., (2010). Using Learn NC’s digital textbook. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the North Carolina Council for the Social Studies Conference, Greensboro, N.C.

Selected Honors

  • UNC Asheville Distinguished Service Award, 2019
  • Whiting Foundation, Public Engagement Fellow, 2018-2019
  • Educational Policy Fellow Program, 2017-2018
  • NEH Professor Grant, Indigenous Film Festival, 2016
  • Champion for Students Award, 2016
  • NC Space Grant, 2016-2017
  • Key Center Faculty Fellows Grant, 2014-2015
  • University Teaching Council Grant, UNC Asheville 2013
  • Appalachian Trail Conservancy: Trails for Every Classroom Grant, 2013
  • Royster Society of Fellows, Sequoyah Dissertation Fellowship, 2011-2012
  • Cherokee Nation Education Mission Award, 2010-2011
  • North Carolina Native American Incentive Grant, 2010 - 2011
  • Doctoral Merit Scholar, 2008-2009
  • National Endowment for the Humanities Grant, 2007
  • National Jewish Labor Union Grant, 2007
  • Savannah-Chatham County Superintendant Grant, 2006
  • Gilder-Lehrman Institute Grant, 2006

Professional Interests

  • American Indian Education
  • Social Studies Education
  • Technology Integration and Pedagogy