FACULTY

Michael Adolu Wannah, PhD

Associate Professor, Teaching, Learning and Diversity


College of Graduate and Innovative Programs

Michael Wannah, PhD, joined the faculty of Concordia University Chicago in 2009. Today he serves the university and the students he teaches as an associate professor in the Department of Teaching, Learning and Diversity.

Wannah has expertise in areas of English language learning, multicultural education, education policy, education policy in African countries. He is originally from Liberia. 

Degrees

  • PhD, Cultural and Educational Policy Studies, Loyola University Chicago, Ill. Dissertation: "An Analysis of Policy Documents on the Involvement of Parents in the Formal Education of their Children: The Liberian and Sierra Leonean Situations."
  • MA, Curriculum and Instruction, English as a Second Language, National Louis University, Chicago, IL, (in progress).
  • Certificate, Teaching English as a Second Language, National Louis University, Chicago, Ill., Illinois Resource Center (IRC).
  • Graduate Certificate, Community College Learning and Teaching, Loyola University Chicago, Ill.
  • Master, Religious Education, Loyola University Chicago, Ill.
  • BA, (Magna cum Laude), Missionary Catechesis and Religious Education, Urban Pontifical University, Rome, Italy.

Classes Taught

  • EDU 6027: Assessment: Bilingual Education
  • EDU 6610: Language and Linguistics
  • EDU 6515: Contemporary Issues in Curriculum and Practice
  • EDU 6460: Foundation and Ethics in American Education
  • EDU 6630: Methods & Materials for Teaching Limited English Proficient Students
  • EDU 6635: Methods & Materials for Teaching Bilingual Students
  • EDU 6620: Teaching English as a Second Language
  • EDU 6555: Seminar in Reflective Practice
  • EDU 7210: Policy Analysis (This course is taught online)
  • FPR 6000: Action Research
  • FPR 6300: Foundations of Bilingual and Bicultural Education
  • FPR 6350: Cross Cultural Studies: Teaching Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Students
  • FPR 6500: Socially, Culturally, & Linguistically Diverse Students: Perspectives for Practitioners
  • FPR 6640: Teacher as a Researcher

Prior Professional and Academic Positions

  • North Park University, Assistant Professor, Education, MATC, 2008-2011.
  • Tri-Care, Inc., Training Coordinator and QMRP, Chicago, Ill., 2004-2009.
  • St. Anselm Catholic Church, Director, Jim Fisher Development Center (Pre K 8 Summer-School and After-School Programs), Chicago, Ill., 2001-2004.
  • Catholic Archdiocese of Monrovia, Co-founder and Director, Evangelization 2000, Liberia, 1995-1996.
  • Cathedral High School, Teacher of Religious Education and Student Counselor Grade 8 - 12, Monrovia, Liberia 1995-1996.
  • St. Kizito Catholic School, Teacher of Religious Education, Paynesville, Liberia, 1994-1995.

Academic and Professional Highlights

Publications

  • “A Comparative Analysis of Formal Traditional African Educational System, the Bush School and Formal Western Education in Liberia and Sierra Leone.” Accepted for publication in the spring issue of the Liberian Studies Journal.
  • “Reforming the Liberian Educational System through Quality Teacher Development Program.” A paper delivered at the 45th Annual Conference of the Liberian Studies Association, Rutgers University, Newark NJ, April 6, 2013.
  • “Formal Western Education in Liberia.” Loyola University Chicago Comparative International Education Graduate Student Associations Newsletter, Vol. III, Part I, October 2004, p. 3 and 5.
  • “An Analysis of Policy Documents on the Involvement of Parents in the Formal Education of their Children: The Liberian and Sierra Leonean Situations.” Published in ProQuest Dissertations and Thesis, August 2007.

Presentations

  • “In Union Strong, Success is Sure.” 167th Independence Day Oration Delivered at the Liberian Community, Chicago Western Suburbs, Americas Best Inn, Glenn Ellyn, Ill., July 2014.
  • “Improving and Restoring Liberia’s Failed Educational System after Thirteen Years of Civil Conflict,” paper presented at the 46th Annual Conference of the Liberian Studies Association at Concordia University Chicago, River Forest, IL, March 2014.
  • “Reforming the Liberian Educational System through Quality Teacher Development Program,” paper presented at the 45th Annual Conference of the Liberian Studies Association, Rutgers University, Newark, NJ, April 2013.
  • “A Comparative Analysis of Formal Traditional African Educational System, the Bush School and Formal Western Education in Liberia and Sierra Leone,” paper presented at the 44th Annual Conference of the Liberian Studies Association at Cornell Institute for African Development, Ithaca, New York, March 2012.
  • “Putting the Pieces Together: A Journey of my PhD Experience at Loyola University Chicago and my Career as an Educator,” delivered at the Loyola University Chicago Comparative and International Education Graduate Student Associations, Spring 2012 Speaker Series, Chicago, Ill., March 13, 2012.

Conferences

  • 46th Annual Conference of the Liberian Studies Association, Concordia University Chicago, River Forest, Ill., March 27-29, 2014.
  • 45th Annual Conference of the Liberian Studies Association, Rutgers University, Newark, NJ, April 4-6, 2013.
  • 44th Annual Conference of the Liberian Studies Association, Cornell Institute for African Development, Ithaca, NY, March 28-31, 2012.
  • National Association of Multicultural Education Conference: Reworking Intersections, Reframing Debates, Restoring Hope, Chicago, Ill., Nov. 2-5, 2011.
  • Midwest Comparative and International Educational Society Regional Conference: Comparative Research in Urban Settings, Loyola University, Chicago, Ill., Nov. 2-3, 2007.
  • 47th Annual Conference of the Comparative and International Education Society, New Orleans, La., March 12-16, 2003.

Awards and Honors

  • Propagation of Faith of the Catholic Church, Scholarship, Urban Pontifical University, Rome, Italy, 1997-2000.
  • The Institute of Pastoral Studies, Scholarship, Loyola University Chicago, Illinois. 2001-2002.
  • Catholic Association of Religious Educators, Tuition Award, Chicago, Illinois, 2001.
  • Jim Fisher Development Center, Leadership award, Chicago, Illinois, 2001 and 2003.