Emmanuel Awuah New COD Associate Vice President of Academic Affairs

Emmanuel Awuah

By Jennifer Duda

Emmanuel B. Awuah is the new Associate Vice President of Academic Affairs at College of DuPage.

The Ghana native has spent much of his career at community colleges and most recently served as Vice President of Academic and Global Initiatives at SUNY Onondaga Community College in Syracuse, New York. Awuah began his academic career at St. Mary’s Teacher Training College in Ghana, where he earned his Associate of Applied Science in Teacher Education before transferring to the University of Ghana to earn his Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and Political Science.

Awuah earned his Master of Arts in Sociology from the University of Guelph in Ontario and his Doctorate of Philosophy, Sociology and Urban Studies from Michigan State University.

“I knew I wanted to teach since childhood,” the Lombard resident said. “At Onondaga, I really solidified my intent to get into teaching and learning, and later moved into academic administration.”

Community colleges provided unique learning, Awuah said. In addition to teaching Introductory Sociology and Social Problems courses at Onondaga, he also developed new courses and programs, and also led faculty professional development initiatives on integration of multicultural, international and global learning outcomes.

“Community colleges face several stereotypes and the only way to overcome those is to not fight them. Instead, we must be excellent in what we do,” he said. “One of the most challenging parts of my job is to ensure those who work for me focus on the priorities of the College.”

Awuah was named Associate Vice President of Diversity Services and Chief Diversity Officer at Onondaga in 2005 and, three years later, was named an American Council on Education Fellow at Northern Michigan University. There he worked on several projects, including reporting on academic portfolio modeling systems and relationships between community colleges and universities. He returned to Onondaga in 2009 as Vice President of Instructional Services, was named Vice President of Academic Services 2011 and Vice President of Academic and Global Initiatives in 2012.

Awuah’s decision to relocate was solidified by a discussion with an Onondaga administrator who affirmed COD’s place on the national education scene.

“It is the leadership, the excellent faculty and staff as well as the support of the community that continue to make College of DuPage one of the best community colleges in the nation. Seeing that the administration is bold and courageous in its decisions assures me I’m in the right place,” he said. “You cannot be relevant and hold onto the “old” forever. It’s about doing the right thing the right way to have the most impact on our students.”