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Memoir

Teshome G. Wagaw
Regent's Proceedings 229

Teshome G. Wagaw, Ph.D., professor of education in the School of Education and professor of Afroamerican and African studies in the College of Literature, Science, and the Arts, retired from active faculty status on December 31, 2003.

Professor Wagaw received his B.A. degree from Pacific Union College in 1958, his M.A. degree from Andrews University in 1959, and his Ph.D. degree from the University of Maryland in 1965. He served at Howard University from 1965-66 and at Haile Selassie I University in Ethiopia from 1966-74. He joined the University of Michigan faculty as a lecturer in the Center for Afroamerican and African Studies (CAAS) in 1975. He was appointed professor of education in the School of Education in 1976. In 1978, he served as acting director of CAAS and was named professor of Afro-American and African studies. He was a research scientist in the Center for Research on Economic Development from 1980-93.

A global scholar, Professor Wagaw has been a consultant to the United Nations, the World Bank, and the Ethiopian and Egyptian governments, and has carried out unique field studies in Ethiopia, Eritrea, Egypt, and Israel. He developed the University's first course on childbearing theory and practices in rural Ethiopia and completed the first comprehensive study of the Ethiopian education system. He conducted the first ethnographical investigation of the socialization of the Falasha in Israel; this research resulted in the publication of several major articles and books.

Professor Wagaw conceived, developed, and taught courses in the areas of ethnicity and ethnic conflict, race, prejudice, equity in educational opportunity, and educational outcome prejudice. His expertise includes postsecondary education in developing nations and comparative postsecondary education. Among his honors are two Fulbright awards, a German Academic Exchange award, international travel and lecture awards from the American Council of Education, an award from Midwestern Universities Consortium for International Activities, and an Annenberg Institute fellowship.

The Regents salute this distinguished faculty member by naming Teshome G. Wagaw professor emeritus of education and professor emeritus of Afroamerican and African studies.