Desmond Odugu

Prof. Odugu working with Richter Scholars

Assistant Professor of Education 

Education

PhD Cultural and Educational Policy Studies Concentration in Comparative and International Education, Loyola University Chicago, U.SA Minor: History of Education

MEd Educational Psychology, Loyola University Chicago, U.SA. Minor: Research Methods

MA Philosophy, Nnamdi Azikiwe University Awka, Nigeria Minor: African Philosophy

BA Philosophy, University of Ibadan, Nigeria

Courses Taught

FIYS 111: Politics of Race and Space in Chicago Schools
EDUC 220: Philosophy of Education
EDUC 310: Equity and Social Justice in Education
EDUC 320: Comparative and International Education
EDUC 322: Education and Development in Developing Countries
EDUC 501: Introduction to Teacher Research

Selected Publications

Book Chapter. Scholarly Publications, and Monograph

Speight, S., Blackmon, S. M., Odugu, D. & Steele, J. C. (2009). Conceptualizing mental health for African Americans. In H. A. Neville, B. M. Tynes, and S. 0. Utsey (Eds.), Handbook of African American Psychology, Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE Publications.

Odugu, D I. (2008). Homeland Education, National Relevance and Internationalism: Dilemma of Global Flows and Networks(?). In B. G. Nworgu (Ed.), Education in the Information Age: Global Challenges and Enhancement Strategies -Proceedings of First International Conference of the Faculty of Education, University of Nigeria Nsukka,  Nsukka: University Trust Publishers.

Odugu, D. (2001). The psychological hangover of the African predicament. National Association of Philosophy Students Philosophical Journal, 1.

Manuscripts under Review

Odugu, D. I The State, Missionary Rivalry, Social Class Tensions and Mass Education in Colonial Britain and Nigeria, Paedagogica Historica (Under review).

Odugu, D. I. Heimatkunde, National Educational Relevance and Internationalism: Dilemma of Global Flows and Networks, Comparative Education (Under review).

Odugu, D. I. Multilingualism in International and National Education Language Policy: UNESCO, India, and Nigeria, Comparative Education Review (Under review).

Recent Conference Presentations

Antinomies of Orientation in Language Planning and the Quest for Unified Theory. Paper presented at the American Educational Research Association (AERA) Annual Conference, San Francisco, April-May 2013.

Antinomies of Orientations in Language Planning and the Quest for Multilingual Education. Paper presented at the Comparative and International Education Society (CIES) Annual Conference, New Orleans, March 2013.

Dimensions of Rivalry: Colonial Missions, Cultural Threats, and the Early Expansion of Western Schools in Nigerian Igboland. Paper presented at the Comparative and International Education Society (CIES) Annual Conference, Puerto Rico, April 2012.

Developing and Valuing Partners Every Step of the Way. Paper presented (with Esther Hicks) at the American Evaluation Association (AEA) conference, Anaheim, CA, Nov. 2011. 

Education Language Policy Process in Multilingual Societies: Pushing the Frontiers of Language Policy Research. Paper presented at the American Educational Research Association (AERA) conference, New Orleans, LA, April 2011. 

The Problem of “Language Problem” in Multilingual Societies: Language Policy and Democratic Participation. Paper presented at the Comparative and International Education Society (CIES) annual conference, Chicago, IL, March 2010. 

Language Attitude, Historical Awareness and Social Identity in Explaining Social Responsibility: A TSCS Cross-national Analysis. Paper presented at the American Educational Research Association (AERA) annual conference, Denver, CO, April – May 2010. 

Problematizing “Language Problems” in Multilingual Societies: Paradigm Shifts and the Disjuncture of Language Policy and Democratic Participation. Paper presented at the World Congress of Comparative Education Societies, Istanbul, Turkey, June 14 – 19, 2010. 

Depoliticizing Comparativism: From “Education for All” to “Universal Basic Education” in Nigeria, presented at the Comparative and international Education Society (CIES) Conference, Charleston, SC, March 2009

Heimatkunde, National Educational Relevance and Internationalism: Dilemma of Global Flows and Networks(?), paper presented at the Faculty of Education International Conference, University of Nigeria Nsukka, Nigeria, June 2008.

Multilingualism in International and National Education Language Policy Discourse, presented at the Comparative and International Education Society (CIES) annual meeting, New York, February 2008.

“Semilingualism” and “Multicompetence”: Bilingualism in English Speaking West Africa, paper presented at the American Educational Research Association (AERA) annual meeting, Chicago, April 2007.

Returns to Education and Egalitarianism within Social and Liberal Education Systems, paper presented at the Comparative and International Education Society (CIES) annual meeting, Baltimore, Maryland, February 2007.

The impact of historico-cultural awareness on intra-racial relationships between African Americans and African immigrants/non-immigrants, paper presented at the 13th annual Eyes on the Mosaic Graduate Student Conference, University of Chicago, April 2006.

The linguistic impact of British educational policy on the Nigerian educational linguistic policy, paper presented at the ‘Peoples and Ideas in Motion’ conference, University of Chicago, May 2006.

Professional Associations 

Comparative and International Education Society (CIES) - Member
American Educational Research Association (AERA) - Member and University Liaison
American Psychological Association (APA) - Member

Awards and Grants

2008 - 2009 Fourth Year Fellowship (Dissertation funding) - $17,020.00 The Graduate School, Loyola University Chicago

2007 Fall Research Stipend - $2,000.00 Office of President, Loyola University Chicago

2006 - 2007 Academic Merit Award - 10,000 ($5,000.00 received in two sessions) The Graduate School, Loyola University Chicago

2004 - Date Council of Regent Award (Graduate Scholarship) - $70,287.00 Loyola University Chicago

1998 - 2001 Academic Excellence Award (received four consecutive years) Bigard Memorial Seminary, Enugu, Nigeria.