Dr. Samuel O. Oleka, Professor and Dean
Professor and Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences (1996)
B.Th., Igbaja Theological Seminary; B.A., Bryan College Dayton Tennessee; M.A., Wheaton College Graduate School; M.A., Michigan State University; Ph.D., Michigan State University: Curriculum and Instruction in Teacher Education
Office: Hathaway Hall, Suite 424, Kentucky State University, 400 E. Main Street, Frankfort, KY 40601
Phone: (502) 597-6411
Background and Interests
Dr. Oleka is the Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. He holds a doctorate and a master of arts in education and another master of arts in religion and theology. Before coming to KSU he served as an Associate Professor of education at Eastern Kentucky University, a Vice President for Academic Affairs at William Tyndale College in Farmington Hills, Michigan, and a radio broadcaster and Head of the English Programs Department at Radio ELWA in Jos, Nigeria.
His research interests include cross-cultural communication, education and culture, moral development and value education, African-American Experience, conflict resolution and diversity issues. His most recent papers are “Global technologies and global communications’ influence on African economies: Whose interests are they really serving?” ”The Importance of ‘the Idea of the Middle-ground’ in the Igbo Community’ and Its Implications for Conflict Resolutions”; “Africa’s Search for Identity and Quest for an African Theology” and “African and African-American Perceptions of Each Other.”
He serves on the National Planning Committee of the Emerging Leaders Workshop (ELW), Roanoke, Virginia, and on the National Collegiate Honors Council Assessment and Evaluation Committee (NCHC). He is a member of the National Council of Deans of Colleges of Arts and Sciences (CCAS). Dean Oleka serves as Chair of the Committee on Cultural Diversity for the Council. Dr. Oleka has also been active in the African Christian Fellowship, USA, where he served two terms as the president of the mid-west region. Dr. Oleka also serves on the curriculum committees of several local schools.