Faculty Spotlight on Angela Owusu-Ansah, PhD

Meet the Faculty: Angela Owusu-Ansah, Associate Professor of Doctoral Studies and Faculty Chair

By The Room 241 Team December 14, 2017

Prospective EdD candidates, there’s no question that you’ll be captivated by Angela Owusu-Ansah should you enroll in our Doctorate of Education program. An expert on intercultural competence, program assessment, and quantitative research methods, Angela has a wealth of teaching experience, including work in the U.S. and abroad.

You may have already read about her on the blog—when we spoke to her about intercultural competence. Here’s your chance to get to know her better.

A quick background

Angela Owusu-Ansah, PhD

Angela has served as a teacher at the American Embassy K-12 School in Ghana, and as a professor of leadership, statistics, assessment, and research at public and private universities including the University of Southern Mississippi, Samford University, and Elon University. At Concordia, she serves as Associate Professor of Doctoral Studies and Faculty Chair of Dissertation Research. When she’s not teaching, she loves to sing in the choir, paint using acrylic on stretched canvas, cook Ghanaian and Caribbean dishes, and challenge herself in sports like basketball (being 5’ 2½” tall) and tennis. (More on her history here.)

What led to your calling and vocation as a teacher of teachers?

Finding and occupying your calling and vocation is one form of an ideal situation. But so is serving God to the best of your ability in any situation you find yourself and finding meaning in causes that are beyond you is fulfilling too. I believe mine is the latter.

What courses do you teach at Concordia, and what kind of student thrives in your courses?

Online I teach quantitative research methods, and on campus, I teach three courses: quantitative research methods, assessment, and creativity, innovation, and inquiry courses. Both online and on campus, I also work with doctoral candidates on their dissertation research, mostly as chair and sometimes as research design facilitator.

The kind of student who thrives in my courses are students who are willing to let go of pre-conceived assumptions and are willing to challenge the status quo.

Do you have any advice for prospective EdD students?

Our program is for students who have a desire to dig deep, become scholars and researchers, discover who they are as learners, and find out how they can impact their community positively, in the comfort of their space.

What book do you think every educator should read?

The Effective Executive by Peter Drucker.

Peter Drucker emphasizes the ability to “get the right things done,” including doing what other people have overlooked and avoiding what is unproductive. He discusses five practices essential to “business” effectiveness that we can, and must learn:

  • Management of time
  • Choosing what to contribute to the practical organization
  • Knowing where and how to mobilize strength for best effect
  • Setting up the right priorities
  • And weaving all of them together with effective decision making

What do you love about working at Concordia?

Concordia is willing to try new ways of learning and teaching, and willing to give every type of student an opportunity to succeed. There is a constant meeting of the minds among faculty in the doctoral program, and this supports the focus on maintaining rigor and challenge students to become scholars.

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