Peter O. Nwosu, Ph.D.
Peter O. Nwosu, (the n is silent) American Council on Education (ACE Fellow) and Fulbright Scholar, is Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs at Tennessee State University with major responsibility for University strategic planning and institutional effectiveness initiatives and implementation, focusing on continuing improvement of student learning and student success through assessment of institutional performance. A graduate of Howard University and the Harvard Institutes for Higher Education, Dr. Nwosu brings to the position a strong faculty and administrative background and a deep understanding of planning and reform processes in higher education. A major thrust of his responsibility has been to engage faculty and members of the campus community in the changes that evolving outcomes-based performance, retention, research and graduation standards will require. As Associate Vice President, he works with faculty and campus leadership (including deans, directors, unit heads, staff, and students) in achieving the strategic objectives of the University, and provides leadership and oversight for the following areas: institutional planning, university assessment and improvement, institutional research, management information systems, business intelligence, and faculty professional development. He serves on several university-wide committees, including the Academic Master Plan Committee, University Assessment and Improvement Council, University Strategic Planning Council, University Retention Committee, and the SACS Reaffirmation of Accreditation Committee, and provides leadership on a number for special projects as assigned by the Provost.
Dr. Nwosu served as Special Assistant to the President for Institutional Planning, and was responsible for strengthening the administrative arrangement for management of integrated planning, assessment and improvement at the university. Some of his accomplishments include implementing a fully integrated institutional effectiveness model that aligns program mission and goals and student learning outcomes and performance outcomes with institutional mission and goals. As Special Assistant to the President, he also had responsibility for managing federal Title III grants in excess of $10 million to support graduate and undergraduate programs, improve retention, persistence, and graduation rates and faculty development and student success initiatives.
Dr. Nwosu holds academic appointment as tenured Professor in the department of Communications at Tennessee State University. Prior to joining TSU, he was a tenured Professor of Communication Studies at California State University, Northridge. His record of scholarly achievement includes publication of three (3) books, refereed journal papers focusing on communication education, intercultural and international communication that have appeared in such journals as the International Journal of Intercultural Communications, Africa Media Review, and the Howard Journal of Communications. He has also served as invited keynote speaker on race and public policy, and on issues of diversity, fairness and equity to many organizations and groups, including the American Association of University Women and the UC Berkeley-based California Social Work Education Center (CALSWEC), the nation’s largest coalition of social work educators and practitioners.
Dr. Nwosu has held faculty rank for nearly 20 years; has taught and served in academic administration as department head, as a director of the center for Human Relations, and as Special Assistant to the Provost for Academic Planning and Diversity Initiatives. He has been on more than 40-policy-making committees as chair/member and participated in innovative planning and curriculum activities across three nationally ranked and respected universities. He has served in membership and leadership roles in numerous professional associations both nationally and internationally.