Dr. Richard Mushi, associate professor and department chair of social sciences department, has been selected for a fellowship by the Advisory Council of the Carnegie African Diaspora Fellowship Program (ADF). The project was submitted by St. Augustine University of Tanzania (SAUT) in Mwanza, Tanzania.
This fellowship is funded by the Carnegie Corporation of New York (CCNY) and administered by the Institute of International Education (IIE). The project is titled, Modeling and Promoting Research through Mentorship among Graduate Students and Junior Researchers in the Field of Education and Social Sciences. This is the second award following the first award for a project to grow research capacity and mentor graduate students and early career faculty at Babcock University in Nigeria in 2015.
According to Dr. Mushi, this opportunity marks the beginning of long term scholarly partnerships with this largest private university in Tanzania, St. Augustine University and Mississippi Valley State University. It is also my hope that the relationship may develop to a point of making official agreements where we can start partnership s such as faculty and student exchange programs.
The Carnegie African Diaspora Fellowship Program provides funding and a structure for African-born academics at accredited higher education institutions in the United States and Canada to collaborate with colleagues at accredited higher education institutions in Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, South Africa, Tanzania and Uganda on capacity-building education projects. Project activities can include curriculum co-development, research collaboration and graduate student teaching and mentoring. Projects are proposed and driven by faculty at host institutions in Africa and based on equitable, effective and mutually beneficial engagement.
Dr. Mushi holds a doctor of philosophy degree in public administration and a master’s degree in public policy and administration from Jackson State University. He completed his undergraduate work at the University of Dar-Es-Salaam in his home country of Tanzania, where he received degree in public administration and international relations. He has authored a book titled, “Privatization, Sustainable Economic Growth and Human Development in Developing Countries: A Case Study from Tanzania” along with several peer-reviewed articles.