Dr. Phil Okeke-Ihejirika is a full professor in the Women’s and Gender Studies Department of the University of Alberta in Edmonton, Canada. Her areas of expertise include Gender and Higher Education in Africa, and African International Migration. Her research, teaching and other professional activities contribute to a wide array of scholarly forums, embracing a broad network of academic institutions, scholars and international agencies, including the Carnegie Corporation of New York and the Council for the Development of Economic and Social Research in Africa (CODESRIA). Dr. Okeke-Ihejirika is also actively involved in community building as a resource person to many community organizations, service providers and public agencies in Alberta. She belongs, among others, to the Women Advocacy Voice of Edmonton (WAVE), a 15-member advisory committee on gender issues to the city’s Mayor-and-Council. She has earned many academic, professional and community awards locally and in international circles.
Areas of Expertise:
- Gender and Higher Education in Africa
- Gender, Migration and Settlement
- Research Methods
- Social Inequalities in Canada
- Gender and Development in Africa
- Transnational Feminism
- Gender, Conflict and Peace
Most Current Awards:
2018: Research Celebration, Faculty of Arts
2017: Opens minds - U of A's innovated and talented humanities and social sciences researchers
2016: Collaborating researcher with the United Nations Research Institute for Social Development
2016. Member, College of Mentors for African Universities
2016. African Diaspora Fellowship, Carnegie Corporation, New York
2016. Visiting Professorship, Council for the Development of Economic and Social research in Africa (CODESRIA)
2015: African Diaspora Fellowship, Carnegie Corporation, New York
2014: Special Mention – Human Right Activist, Alberta Legislature
2013: Outstanding Service to Community - African Center
Selected Leadership Roles and Consultancies:
2018: Director, Gender Institute, Council for the Development of Economic and Social Research in Africa, Dakar, Senegal.
2018: Director, Pan African Collaboration for Excellence (PACE), University of Alberta.
2017: Director, Transnational Initiatives on Gender and Education Research (TIGER), University of Alberta, Canada.
2017: Member, Integrative Health Institute, University of Alberta, Canada.
2017: Institutional Liaison, Development of Memorandum of Understanding, University of the Free State, Bloemfontein, South Africa.
2016 - Present: Academic mentor, Immigrant and Visible Minority Students in Post-Secondary Institutions
2016: Status of Women, Alberta – Development of a Framework for Staff Training on Equity, Diversity and Inclusion.
2014- Present: Appointed as part of a 15 member team to advise the city of Edmonton's mayor and council on gender issues: Women's Advocacy Voice of Edmonton (WAVE)
2009 - Present: Appointed as consultant to work on Memorandum of Understanding (MoU); work with FUTA stakeholders to develop programs for CEGIST. Federal University of Technology (FUTA) and Center for Gender Issues in Science and Technology:
2010-2011: Director of the Research Funding Office of Kwara State University, Nigeria; developing new curriculum. Conducted during Sabbatical Leave
2011-2012: Member of an advisory group for my university's internationalization program developed to advise the Vice President (Academic)
2004-2008: Participated in the CODERSRIA Project, Multi-national Working Group (MWGs)