Dr. Dessalegn Guyo

Assistant Professor
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Dr. Dessalegn Negeri Guyo

Assistant Professor

Social Work

Cushwa Hall 3164

phone: (330) 941-3337



Dessalegn N. Guyo (Ph.D., MSW) is an assistant professor of social work at Youngstown State University Ohio from January 2022 to the present. He was an online MSW program Associate Professor of Social Work at Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota (November 2020- June 2022). He was an adjunct professor at Bowie State University College of Professional Studies (August 2017- 2021). He was a case manager at Catholic Charities, the Archdiocese of Washington DC in low barrier Homeless Men’s Shelter from March 2019 to August 2021. He served as MSW field Liaison at Morgan State University from August 2019 to January 2020. He was an adjunct professor at Coppin State University Department of Social Work (March 2016-June 2017). He has a Ph.D. in Social Work and Social Development from Addis Ababa University in July 2014, MSW from Addis Ababa University School of social work (accredited by CSWE 2016), and a BA degree in Sociology and Social Administration from Addis Ababa university department of sociology in 2001.
He was an assistant Professor Of Social Work And Social Development at Addis Ababa University in Ethiopia (2007-2016). He was the coordinator of the MSW distance education unit from September 2014 to February 2016 and he was the chair of the curriculum and standardization committee of the school of social work at Addis Ababa University in Ethiopia for eight (8) years.

He has led and coordinated the development, revision of social work curriculums for Bachelor, MSW conventional, and MSW (evening and distance education), and revision of Ph.D. programs at Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. In addition, he was the coordinator of the international MSW director of Field Education at Indira Gandhi Open National University (IGNOU) Ethiopia Regional Office from 2008 to January 2016.
Dr. Guyo has 17 years of solid teaching experience Internationally and five years of working in public and nonprofit organizations as a case manager, social development planning expert I, community service coordinator, and children and youth development officer. He developed the first composite degree curriculum for sociology and social work at Jimma University in Ethiopia (2007) which was later adopted by many Public universities. He then developed the BSW curriculum at Addis Ababa University in Ethiopia with the team in SSW in 2008 and also served as chair of curriculum and standardization for 8 years.

He has developed the first Bachelor of social work curriculum for Ethiopian Catholic University Saint Thomas Aquinas (ECUSTA). He has worked as a social worker with Sudanese refugees in southwestern Ethiopia at Pugnido refugee camp assisting unaccompanied children, women, the elderly, ethnic minorities, people with disabilities, and others.

His research areas are on multi-sectoral and multi-stakeholder child protection networks and practices, indigenous adoption practices of Oromo society, women's roles and statuses in agro-industry, child vulnerability indicators in poor households in urban centers, context-based community development approaches, and social work practice with immigrants, advocacy for human rights.

He was the founder of two NGOs in Ethiopia: one working on Jarra Oda Friends of Environments Association (JOFEA) and Talent for Change which works and promotes the Talents of youth through a TV show.

He has published two books and one MSW teaching module:

Dessalegn Negeri (2019). Social problems and social policies in Ethiopia: Social work in African Context. MSW Teaching module for IGNOU in New Delhi, India (online).

Dessalegn Negeri (2011). Guddifachaa practice: as community-based child problem intervention in Oromo of Ada`a Liban. ISBN:978-3-639-33841-6

Dessalegn Negeri, Melese Getu, and Wassie Kebede (2011). Insights from participatory development approach in Ethiopia: analysis of testimonies and field practices, Addis Ababa University/school of social work. ISBN:978-99944-992-2-9

Research Interests

Teaching in higher education, indigenous knowledge, child protection/ welfare Systems, Immigration,

Teaching Interests

Social Research Methods, Statistics, and research, social policy, practice foundations, social work groups, Oppression and diversity in social work, Business skills in social work

  • Education
    • 2014

      Ph D, Social work and Social Development

      Addis Ababa University

    • 2006

      MA, Social Work

      Addis Ababa University, School of Social Work

  • Public Service
    • 2020 - present

      Global Oromo Advocacy Group
      Washington DC, DC

    • 2018 - 2020

      Board Member
      Oromo Community Organization
      Washington, DC

    • 2017 - 2022

      Guest Speaker
      Torture Abolition And Survivors Support Coalition International
      Washington DC, DC