North Carolina Central University’s (NCCU) Council of Department Chairs has announced that Emmanuel Oritsejafor, professor and chair of Department of Political Science, will begin his term of service as chair of the organization. Angela Miles, professor and chair of the Department of Business Administration, will serve as vice chair.
The mission of the NCCU Council of Department Chairs is to provide a mechanism for department chairs to advocate as a group on matters that pertain to their academic units. As part of its mission, the council advises the leadership of the university’s Division of Academic Affairs on issues related to governance, management, and academics as a way of promoting purposeful and effective governance among colleges, schools and departments across the university.
Oritsejafor, the former vice chair, succeeds Calvin Hall, chair of the Department of Mass Communication, who completed his term as chair of the council in May.
“It has been an honor to serve as first Chair of this organization of amazing, hardworking individuals,” said Hall. “And I am excited by the leadership that Emmanuel and Angela will provide for the group.”
Oritsejafor has served as chair of the Department of Political Science since 2017. His research specialties include the political economy of Sub-Saharan Africa, international relations, comparative politics, and nonprofit management. In 2021, he was the recipient of the faculty award for research in the College of Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities. His most recent book, Governance and Democracy in Africa: Regional and Continental Perspectives, co-authored with James Guseh, was selected by the African Studies and Research Forum as the recipient of its “Best Book Award.”
Miles has served as chair of the Department of Business Administration since 2015. She serves as adviser to the student chapter of the Society of Human Resources Management in the School of Business. In 2019, the NCCU chapter was recognized for the third consecutive year with Superior Merit Award for providing superior growth and development opportunities to its student chapter members.