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Education professor receives Fulbright award to teach in Botswana

VERMILLION, S.D. -- Mejai Bola Mike Avoseh, Ph.D., associate professor of education at the University of South Dakota, is the recipient of Fulbright award to conduct research and lecture in Botswana.

The award from the United States Department of State and the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board provides Avoseh with an opportunity to expand the Fulbright Program in Botswana, which is located in southern Africa between Namibia and Zimbabwe. Avoseh is one of nearly 1,100 faculty and professionals from the United States who will travel abroad through the Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program.

A member of the USD faculty since 2004, Avoseh has taught at different levels of education in Nigeria, Namibia and the United States. He has presented and published widely in different areas of adult and higher education. His teaching interests include adult education, multicultural education and indigenous pedagogy while his research interests focus on adult education, diversity issues, multicultural education and international education. Avoseh earned a Ph.D. in adult education, and both a B.A. and M.A. in philosophy from the University of Ibadan. A photo of Avoseh is available for download at

The Fulbright Program is America’s flagship international educational exchange activity. Recipients of Fulbright awards are selected on the basis of academic or professional achievement. The Fulbright Program provides short-term academic opportunities to prominent faculty and professionals to support curricular and faculty development and institutional planning at academic institutions around the world.


Founded in 1862 and the first university in the Dakotas, the University of South Dakota is the only public liberal arts university in the state, with 202 undergraduate and 78 graduate programs in the College of Arts & Sciences, School of Education, School of Law, Sanford School of Medicine, School of Health Sciences, Beacom School of Business and College of Fine Arts. With an enrollment of nearly 10,000 students and more than 400 faculty, USD has a 16:1 student/faculty ratio, and it ranks among the best in academics and affordability. USD’s 18 athletic programs compete at the NCAA Division I level.

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Hanna DeLange
USD News