Will Hehemann | School of Agriculture, Fisheries and Human Sciences
Dr. Alice J. Ajanga has been appointed assistant professor of human sciences for the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff. In this role she will teach courses in human development and family studies, focusing on areas such as child development, parenting education and administration and supervision of childcare centers.
She will advise students and supervise their internships, serve on departmental and university committees and participate in community outreach activities. She will also be responsible for conducting research and presenting it to the public, as well as securing financial support for the Department of Human Sciences through grant opportunities.
“Dr. Ajanga brings a range of experience in child development to department,” Dr. Brenda Martin, chair of the Department of Human Sciences, said. “Her knowledge will be useful in creating research projects that will benefit the community.”
Dr. Ajanga has a doctorate degree in child development and special education and a master’s degree with a concentration in emotional and behavioral disorders from the Texas Woman’s University in Denton, Texas. She earned bachelor’s degrees in early childhood education, communication science disorders and special education from Abilene Christian University in Abilene, Texas and an associate degree from the Shanzu Teachers College in Mombasa, Kenya.
Prior to this position, Dr. Ajanga was an assistant professor of early childhood/special education at Wiley College in Marshall, Texas. There, she also served as director of an intensive summer camp for teachers preparing for professional certification in Texas, as well as chair of a curriculum development and assessment committee. From 2011 to 2012, she worked as an assistant professor at Niagara University in Lewiston, New York, where she taught undergraduate and graduate courses.
Dr. Ajanga has authored and co-authored several articles on children’s health and education advocacy for peer-reviewed journals. In 2011, she published a book entitled “Teacher’s perception, beliefs, and self-efficacy about parental engagement and school-family partnerships in Kenya.”
In 2002, she received the Merit Scholarship from the Office of the President of Kenya for her work at the Moi Education Center, a premier primary school in Nairobi, Kenya. The scholarship, one of the most sought-after educational grants offered by the Kenyan government, covered Dr. Ajanga’s travel, tuition, health insurance and living expenses required to pursue her further studies in the U.S.