Topics: Teachers College, Faculty

May 16, 2024

Michael Ndemanu, Ball State University

Dr. Michael T. Ndemanu, associate professor of multicultural education and social foundations at Ball State University’s Teachers College, has been awarded the prestigious Carnegie African Diaspora Fellowship, which is offered by the Institute of International Education.

For the project supported by this fellowship, Dr. Ndemanu will spend two months in Ghana this Summer collaborating with faculty and students from the University of Cape Coast (UCC) to establish a Center for Transformative Education. The goal of the center is to advance educational practices, and create new opportunities for community engagement and learning.

“The fellowship is not only a recognition of my past contributions to transformative education, but also a thrilling new opportunity to impact education globally,” said Dr. Ndemanu.

A 2021 and 2022 Fulbright scholar, Dr. Ndemanu’s work at Ball State focuses on transformative education, multicultural education and social foundations in education.  This work emphasizes the dynamics of cultural competencies and cross-cutting pedagogic skills—which prepare students to learn not just for retention, but also for knowledge transfer and application in real-life contexts.   

Dr. Ndemanu’s project in Ghana was selected for funding by the Carnegie African Diaspora Fellowship Program (CADFP) at the end of a highly competitive two-tier review process. Funded by a grant from Carnegie Corporation of New York, the CADFP fosters ties among African academics and universities in Africa, the United States, and Canada, to advance educational and research excellence.