Sidonia Alenuma-Nimoh

Faculty

Dr. Sidonia Alenuma-Nimoh has a Ph.D. in Cultural Studies in Education from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. She is a native of Ghana and was appointed Visiting Associate Professor at the University of Cape Coast, Ghana, for the 2013/14 academic year. Dr. Alenuma-Nimoh’s detailed Educational background and areas of expertise and interests are listed below. She has published a book and several peer reviewed journal articles as well as book chapters. She has also presented severally at various national and international peer reviewed conferences.

Learning how to Love and Serve the World in the Gustie Way

How I came to be part of a great institution such as Gustavus Adolphus. I have always wanted to serve the world in an impactful way. It was not until my appointment as a Gustavus professor that I knew this is a possible agenda and that it was doable. Right from the day I had my interview, I knew I was in the right place and at the right time. The core values of the college mean a lot to me. It just appeared as though what I have been searching for in my professional and personal life had fallen into place.

As I progressed in my career here as a Gustie, I have often felt that I am a part of a giant puzzle such as a mosaic. One in which each piece makes a difference and is needed to keep the image intact. Each piece has a unique role and is appreciated as such. Despite the roller coaster and turbulent nature of my journey to becoming a part of the Gustavus community, I can still tell that I have found a niche and that I belong to a community that cares dearly about all the values that I stand for in life. My passion and my call to teach. They are based on core values that I affirm and attest. The value of these core values helps me affirm myself worth and identity. The values, Community, Justice, Faith, Service, and Excellence, dictated what I am ready to do in order to give it my all because they mean so much to me. Being a part of the Gustie spirit has afforded me space/forum to critically evaluate, self-examine and forge my way into becoming whom I have always meant to be in terms of identifying my priorities and living a communal life of purpose.

My students, especially are the major reason that I do what I do. They challenge me just as I challenge them to envision a life full of such diversity that requires them to be cross-cultural and culturally competent not only in the classroom but also in a world waiting for them to explore. As Ghandi said, I challenge them to be the change that they want to see happen. In one of my classes, especially, (Human Relations – EDU 398), I impress upon them that their “journey as cross-cultural teachers has only just began”. Together we are exploring exactly what this phrase means and how each one of us has to make sure that we continue traveling the on-going journey of teaching and learning as a lifelong goal.

I love all the courses that I teach because they each help me to assert myself and to love and serve the world. How else could I have done that but to be a teacher of teachers? I guide my first-year students (FTS on Happiness), I light candies for my aspiring teachers who are still exploring the field (Social Foundations and Student Needs – EDU 230) and Career Orientation to Teaching (EDU 268). Above all and additionally, I have the opportunity and luxury of exploring issues related to what it actually means to be an African woman in a changing world. All in all, I pretty much feel at home and welcome. Being a Gustie is a unique opportunity because it helps me LOVE AND SERVE THE WORLD. 

One of the roads to becoming Cross-cultural and a Global Person, is to become a global scholar as signified by my nomination to a scholarly platform called Research Gate https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Sidonia_Alenuma-Nimoh

Education

Ph.D. in Education, Univ. of TN, Knoxville; M.A. in International Development Studies,St. Mary's University, Nova Scotia, Canada; B.A. Hons., Second Class Upper in Sociology and Russian, University of Ghana, Legon, Accra.



Courses Taught

Past
Synonym Title Times Taught Terms Taught
EDU-230 Soc Found/Stu Needs 36 2019/SP, 2018/FA, 2018/SP, 2017/FA, 2017/SP, 2016/SP, 2015/FA, 2015/SP, 2014/FA, 2013/SP, 2012/FA, 2012/SP, 2011/FA, 2011/SP, 2010/FA, 2010/SP, 2009/FA, 2009/SP, 2008/FA, 2007/FA, and 2007/SP
EDU-398 Human Relations in Education 21 2019/SP, 2018/FA, 2018/SP, 2017/FA, 2017/SP, 2016/SP, 2015/FA, 2015/SP, 2014/FA, 2013/SP, 2012/FA, 2012/SP, 2011/FA, 2011/SP, 2010/FA, 2010/SP, 2009/FA, 2009/SP, 2008/FA, 2007/FA, and 2007/SP
EDU-268 Orientation to Teaching 10 2019/JN, 2018/JN, 2017/JN, 2016/JN, 2015/JN, 2013/JN, 2012/JN, 2011/JN, 2009/JN, and 2008/JN
EDU-390 Student Needs 10 2012/SP, 2011/FA, 2011/SP, 2010/FA, 2010/SP, 2009/FA, 2009/SP, 2008/FA, 2007/FA, and 2007/SP
FTS-100 FTS:Happiness 2 2018/FA and 2015/FA
GWS-264 African Women 2 2018/SP and 2015/FA