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Desmond Odugu

Prof. Odugu working with Richter Scholars

Associate Professor and Chair of Education 


Comparative and International Education
Language and Social Processes
Multilingualism and Bi-/Multilingual Education
Social Foundations of Education
Education and Development in International Contexts
Historiography of Education
Philosophy of Education
Race, Place and Equity Issues in Education
Emerging area: Language and Cognition (focus on psycholinguistics and neurolinguistics)


PhD Loyola University Chicago, Comparative and International Education with secondary concentration in History of Education

MEd Loyola University Chicago, Educational Psychology with secondary concentration in Research Methodology

MA Nnamdi Azikiwe University Awka, Philosophy with concentrations in Metaphysics and African Philosophy

BA University of Ibadan, Nigeria, Philosophy (First Class with Honors)

BPhil Pontifical Urbaniana University, Rome, Philosophy

HND Enugu State University of Science & Technology, Nigeria, Mass Communications

Courses Taught

FIYS 111: Politics of Race and Space in Chicago Schools
EDUC 210: Observing the School Process
EDUC 215: Instructional Communication Theory and Practice
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
EDUC 502: Teacher Action Research Project

Selected Publications

Book Chapter. Scholarly Publications, and Monograph

Odugu, D. I. (May 2016). Historiographic reconsideration of colonial education in Africa:  Domestic forces in the early expansion of English schooling in Northern Igboland, 1890-1930. History of Education Quarterly, 56 (2).

Odugu, D. I. (2015). Antinomies of ideologies and situationality of education language politics in multilingual contexts. International Multilingual Research Journal, 9 (3), 137-158.

Odugu, D. I. (2014). International Corporate Politics and the Hubris of Development Discourses. In E. Shizha and A. A. Abdi (eds.) Indigenous Discourses on Knowledge and Development in Africa, New York: Routledge.

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.

Under Review

Odugu, D. I. & Lemieux, C. M. “Transitional multilingualism and mixed messages of multilingual education in Africa: Necessary compromise or policy impediment” International Journal of Multilingualism. (Revise and Resubmit).

Odugu, D. I. “Politics of education language policy in multilingual India and Nigeria: A process approach” Multilingual Education (Under review).

Odugu, D. I. “UNESCO and multilingual education: Discourse, dilemma and disjuncture” Comparative Education Review (Under review).

Recent Conference Presentations

“Global Norm, Multilingual Education and Nouveau Language Problem of Multilingual African Societies,” World Congress of Comparative Education Societies, Beijing, August 2016.

““Old Wine, New Skin!” Public Media and Epistemological Disjuncture in Contemporary Politics of Multilingual Education,” Second International Colloquium on Languages and Cultures in School and Society, Soria, Spain, July 2016.

“UNESCO and Multilingual Education: Discourse, Dilemma and Disjuncture,” American Educational Research Association (AERA) Annual Conference, Washington, DC, April 2016

“Public Media and the Politics of Education Language Policy in Multilingual Societies,” Comparative and International Education Society (CIES) Annual Conference, Vancouver, March 2016.

“Achievement Gap Between African American and African/Afro-Caribbean Immigrants: Historical Literacy, Segregation, and Relational Dynamics,” AERA Annual Conference, Chicago, April 2015.

“Multilingualism Meets Plurilingualism: Reconceptualizing Linguistic Diversity in Education in Africa,” CIES Annual Conference, Washington, D.C., March 2015.

“How Race and Space Shape the Opportunities and Lives of College Students,” invited public lecture at First Presbyterian Church, Lake Forest, Nov.14, 2014.

“History Education and Development in Anglophone Africa,” AERA Annual Conference, Philadelphia, April 2014.

“Revisioning education through institutional collaboration and partnerships:Focus on Africa and the West” (workshop organized with Lilian B. Niwagaba, UT Southwestern Medical Center), Toronto, March 2014.

“SIGnificance of Language Issues: Historical Mapping of the First Decade of Language Issues SIG” (workshop organized with Christopher Shephard, Teachers College), CIES Annual Conference, Toronto, March 2014.

“Language, Education and the Dilemma of State Intervention,” CIES Annual Conference, Toronto, March 2014.

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

Awards and Grants

2013 - First Place Winner and Best Dissertation Award recipient, Language Issues SIG 2013 Dissertation

2011 - Finalist for the Gail P. Kelly Award for Outstanding Dissertation in 2011

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 - 2011 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.