Dr. Samuel Adu-Poku

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Dr. Samuel Adu-Poku



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phone: (330) 941-1866



Dr. Samuel Adu-Poku is professor and coordinator of undergraduate and graduate programs in art education at the Department of Art, Youngstown State University (YSU) in Ohio. Samuel received his Ph.D. and M.Ed. degrees in Curriculum Studies (Art Education) from the University of British Columbia and the University of New Brunswick, Canada respectively. He obtained his B.A. Art degree and teacher education certification and licensure from the University of Science and Technology in Ghana. Samuel currently teaches undergraduate and graduate courses and provides leadership in developing the art education program at YSU. Samuel has a reputation as an artist/ researcher/ teacher with outstanding scholarly background and record of publication of research journal articles, essays and book chapters as well as art exhibitions in Ghana, Canada and the United States. His research is interdisciplinary in scope clustered within the areas of curriculum development, teacher education, gender studies, Africentric studies and critical multiculturalism.

Dr. Adu-Poku is a recipient of two prestigious international dissertation research awards from Canada and the United States of America– The 2003 inaugural Arts Researchers & Teachers Society Dissertation Award (CACS-ARTS) from the Canadian Society for the Study of Education, and the Arts & Learning SIG 2004 Dissertation Award from the American Educational Research Association respectively. Dr. Samuel Adu-Poku received the YSU Distinguished Professorship Award For Service in 2014 and also became an honoree of the Ohio Magazine for Excellence and Outstanding Teaching in Education. He is an active member of the National Art Education Association, American Education Researchers Association. He has served as co-editor for The International Journal of the Arts in Society, and as a regular reviewer of professional conference proposals.

  • Education
    • 2002

      Ph D, Art Education

      University of British Columbia

      Dissertation/Thesis Title — "African-centered multicultural education: An alternative curriculum and pedagogy"

    • 1995

      MEd, Art Education

      University of New Brunswick

      Dissertation/Thesis Title — "Identification of issues that have implications for secondary education in Ghana"

    • 1989

      Other, Graduate Diploma in Art Education

      University of Science & Technology

    • 1987

      BA, Fine Art

      University of Science & Technology

  • Awards and Honors
    • 2015

      YSU-OEA Chapter

      Lifetime Achievement Award in Recognition of Outstanding Service to YSU-OEA

    • 2015

      Senate of 131st General Assembly of Ohio

      Citation for Excellence in Education Award

    • 2014


      YSU Distinguished Professorship Award for Excellence in Service

    • 2014

      Ohio Magazine

      Excellence in Education Award

      For outstanding contributions in teaching, research, service and leadership to advance art education at Youngstown State University and in Ohio.

    • 2004

      The A&L Special Interest Group of the American Educational Research Association (AERA), San Diego, CA.

      Arts & Learning Dissertation Award