Prior to being named SU’s inaugural Dean of the Honors College, Dr. Buss served as chairperson of the Department of History and director of the University Honors Program at Oklahoma City University, where he was named both Full-Time Teaching Faculty Member of the Year and Distinguished Honors Professor of the Year. He serves serves on the National Collegiate Honors Council (NCHC)’s Assessment and Evaluations Committee, as well as their Advocacy Committee. In 2017, he was elected to the Board of Directors for NCHC.
Dr. Buss is the author of “Winning the West with Words: Language and Conquest in the Lower Great Lakes” (2011) and co-editor of “Beyond Two Worlds: Critical Conversations on Language and Power in Native North America” (November 2014), as well as numerous peer-reviewed articles and book chapters. His scholarly interests center on the intersections of settler memory, Native American history and public commemoration. Dr. Buss previously served on the executive board of the American Society for Ethnohistory as the organization’s secretary and continues to work toward the advancement of scholarship on Native American and indigenous issues. He has appeared on NPR, C-Span 2’s “Book TV” and Zócolo Public Square to speak about his work.