The School of Humanities and Social Sciences, the oldest school in USIU - Africa, is committed to being at the forefront of teaching, research and community engagement internationally. The School offers a wide range of programs right from undergraduate, masters up to the doctoral levels, delivered by seasoned faculty distinguished for their academic and research standing.
The faculty is careful to ensure that every program integrates both theory and practice to prepare graduates for the industry. We not only do our best to utilize innovative approaches to teaching but we also apply cutting edge technology in our pedagogy and andragogy as we lead our students to great heights of research and discovery of knowledge. The School is committed to making all its programs market-driven with the view of making the educational experience stimulating and relevant to each of the student admitted to all the programs.
The School comprises the following Departments:
b) International Relations
c) Sociology and Criminal Justice
d) Languages and Literature
Taigu Muchiri and Dan Muchai
The American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene (ASTM) has awarded the Dean, School of Pharmacy & Health Sciences Prof. Njeri Wamae the 2018 Clara Southmayd Ludlow Medal, during an award ceremony held on October 28 in New Orleans, USA.
ASTM is the largest international scientific organization of experts dedicated to reducing the worldwide burden of tropical infectious diseases and improving global health.
According to the Society, the Clara Southmayd Ludlow Medal recognizes honorees for their inspirational and pioneering spirit, whose work represents succcess despite obstacles and advances the field of tropical medicine.
Dr.Clara Southmayd Ludlow (1852-1924) was an entomologist with scientific zeal and tenacity who battled the odds of age, gender and skepticism of women in the sciences to advance the understanding of tropical medicine.
Thus, the Award Committee selects an individual who “...represent, through their work in clinical tropical medicine, teaching or scientific research in tropical medicine, the best and the brightest in the field.”
Prof. Wamae is Professor of Parasitology and Dean of the School of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, a position she has held since December 2017. Prior to that she held the Professorship of Parasitology at the Mount Kenya University School of Medicine. Before then, she was the founding Dean - Directorate of Research and Development at Kenya Methodist University.
Over the course of her illustrious career, Prof. Wamae has become a widely-respected researcher, administrator and teacher.
She has published over sixty peer-reviewed journal essays, supervised numerous postgraduate students and continues with research activities in neglected tropical and zoonotic diseases as well as examining theses/dissertations and supervising graduate students at local and international universities.
Speaking during the award ceremony, Dr. Wamae noted the great honor bestowed upon her as the second recipient of this award which was started in 2017, given her status as a non-physician and an African. She reflected on the legacy of Dr. Ludlow and the underrepresentation of women in the sciences - “I can’t underestimate the importance of giving women a chance. Women are important and are often left behind.”
Outside the academy, Prof. Wamae has set several professional benchmarks; she is the Founding Director, Eastern and Southern Africa Centre of International Parasite Control (ESACIPAC); Chief Research Of?cer, Kenya Medical Research Institute (KEMRI) and ?rst and only female Director, Centre for Microbiology Research (CMR), KEMRI.
Prof. Wamae also serves as a consultant to the World Health Organization (WHO) as an advisor on tropical diseases, in the course of which she has attended numerous international meetings in she served as a keynote speaker.
She has also held several senior management positions in various academic institutions, including a visiting Professorship at Nagasaki University, Japan as well as Guest Researcher, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta, USA.
Most recently as Chairperson of the Guinea Worm Eradication Certification Committee, Prof. Wamae led a team of eminent researchers and representatives of various non-governmental organizations in conducting a four year campaign to stamp out guinea disease from Kenya.
Prof. Wamae was in July this year conferred with the Nelson Mandela Distinguished Africanist Award by the Board of the Toyin Falola Annual Conference, which noted her notes “...her commitment to research, integrity, productivity, and sincere passion for everything that is good about Africa.
By Taigu Muchiri
Acting Dean Prof. Angelina Kioko outlined the School of Humanities and Social Sciences’ vision for the 2018-2019 academic year during the School’s convocation held on Wednesday, October 31 at the Lecture Theater I.
She highlighted the achievements that the School was able to deliver in the previous academic year, before going on to describe the School’s expansion plans.
In the 2017/2018 academic year, the School of Humanities and Social Sciences graduated 385 undergraduate, 86 graduate and 6 doctoral students. During the same period, the School hired nine full time faculty: two in the Languages and Literature Department; four in the International Relations Department and three in the Psychology Department.
The Dean highlighted the key achievements of the School of Humanities and Social Sciences that are aligned to the University’s strategic goals. The first achievement was to enrich and expand academic programs. The Dean noted that program review and assessment showed that six of the nine programs successfully completed their assessment - an improvement from the last academic year which was estimated to be at 62.5%.
The school has been undertaking review of the Master of Arts in International Relations and the review will be sent to the Commission of University Education by the end of 2018.
The second achievement was to develop new programs. The school has made great strides in this process and have proposed to develop new graduate degree programs in Criminal Justice and Industrial Psychology. To add on to the two new programs, the School has also started laying the foundation to introduce Bachelor of Law degree.
The department is working hard to ensure that the MA in Criminal Justice and that of BA in Sociology proposals are ready for submission to the accrediting bodies by Fall 2018 semester. The Dean mentioned that 13 students have already enrolled for the newly introduced MA in Marriage and Family Therapy.
The third achievement was to contribute towards the overall goal of becoming a reputable research University. During the 2017/2018 academic year, the School published 46 publications. This was a great improvement from last year’s 40 publications.
The Faculty in the School of Humanities and Social Sciences have also been recipients of both internal and external research grants.
In March 2018, Associate Professor of International Relations Dr. Kennedy Mkutu received a four-year research project (2018-2021) from Bonn International Center for Conversion (BICC), Germany. The research project is part of a Collaborative Research Center (CRC) initiated by the Universities of Bonn and Cologne funded by the German research association - DIG - that will run for four years.
On the other hand, two faculty members, Dr. Naom Nyarigoti (Assistant Professor of English and Linguistics) and Dr. Michelle Karume (Assistant Professor of Psychology) were among the awardees of internal grants.
The fourth achievement was ensuring that the School promotes student success by enriching their learning experience. Faculty teaching foreign languages promoted “learning beyond the classroom” interaction, by organizing and facilitating programs that provided students with cultural learning experiences as part of foreign language teaching offered at the School. Such programs entailed cultural activities on campus and the “Windows to the World” field studies program.
Faculty in the International Relations, Psychology and Criminal justice programs were singled out for excelling in providing students with unique out-of-class learning experiences, such as the educational field trips offered that have been integrated in coursework.
Prof. Kioko also announced plans for the School to roll out training in university-wide effective strategies for student mentoring.
The Dean highlighted the key priorities for the 2018/2019 academic year that will center on pursuit of academic, operational and service excellence.
She noted with great pride that the School will continue to offer quality education through its diverse programs. This will be achieved by planning high-level conferences and workshops for doctoral students and new members of faculty.
The School will pursue service excellence by ensuring that effective implementation of the mentoring program to assist students achieve their goals. In conclusion, Prof. Kioko invited her audience to join the School at a ground breaking ceremony for the new building, this Thursday, November 8 at 12pm.
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