President for Academic Affairs at Haskell Indian Nations University
A social worker, education administrator, and instructor, Dr. Venida Chenault possesses a long history of obtaining successful grant funding. In 2010, she was awarded two $1.6 million grants from the U.S. Department of Education. The first centered on improving technology infrastructure to advance academic programs; the second funded an interdisciplinary project in liberal studies. In the past, Dr. Venida Chenault has also served as co-director of a joint Kansas University/Haskell Indian Nations University Shifting Border grant project funded by the Ford Foundation, and has numerous grants from the U.S. Department of Education, USDA, American Indian College Fund and other sources.
Outside of her grant work, Dr. Chenault has been an active author and speaker. She has published articles in Tribal College Journal, Indigenous Nations Studies Journal, and Front Porch Continuing Education Training Modules. Her 2011 monograph, Weaving Power, Weaving Strength: Violence and Abuse Against Indigenous Women, was published by Carolina Academic Print. Dr. Venida Chenault has presented at the Department of Education National Meeting on Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse, ASU - American Indian Studies Professors Conference, the National Indian Education Association, the Department of Justice, Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation and numerous other conferences.