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Visiting Fellows in Educational Development
Kingston, Jamaica

Cynthia Onyefulu

May 9 - July 9, 2011

Cynthia Onyefulu

Dr. Cynthia Onyefulu holds a Ph.D. in Educational Psychology from the University of Alberta in Canada. She is a Senior Lecturer in the Faculty of Education and Liberal Studies at the University of Technology, Jamaica (UTech); and served as the Faculty Research and Graduate Studies Coordinator for eight years. In that capacity she was responsible for guiding and coordinating research in the Faculty. Currently, she is the Chair of the University Research Ethics Committee and also the managing editor for the Journal of Arts, Science and Technology at the University.

Dr Onyefulu teaches the following courses at the undergraduate level: Assessment in Education, and Professionalism and Classroom Management. She has designed teaching manuals for both courses. At the graduate level she teaches Research Methods, Program Evaluation, and Assessment of Learning Outcomes. She has also supervised several undergraduate and postgraduate research projects. She is currently supervising a Ph.D. dissertation.

Dr. Onyefulu has published book chapters, and several peer-reviewed journal articles on a variety of topics in education. She has presented papers at several local and international conferences. She has published a manual for graduate students’ thesis in the Faculty of Education and Liberal Studies; and is involved in numerous research projects within the University.

In pursuit of her interest in assessment, she has evaluated the following: the UTech semesterization program in 2009, the Master of Science in Workforce Education and Development Program in 2006, and the Postgraduate Diploma in Education program in 2003, among many others. Outside of the University, she has also worked on a number of educational projects as a consultant.

She has won several awards for her research studies and publications. This includes the University of Technology President’s Research Initiative Award in 2006, and the Publication and Innovation Incentive for Excellence (PIIE) Scheme. She is a member of a research team in the English speaking Caribbean that won the bid to conduct a research study on issues related to public access venue users in Jamaica. This study is awarded by the AMY Mahan Research Fellowship Foundation based in Spain, and sponsored by the International Development Research Center in Canada and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

She is a member of the Canadian Evaluation Society (CES), and the American Educational Research Association (AERA).