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K-State Today

December 13, 2016



JMC faculty member selected to work with United States International University-Africa

By Noelle Blood

Nancy Muturi, professor in K-State's A.Q. Miller School of Journalism and Mass Communications, was awarded a fellowship by the Carnegie African Diaspora Fellowship Program to travel to Kenya to work with the United States International University-Africa and Dorothy Njoroge on research, curriculum development and graduate training.

Muturi will contribute to curriculum development in a newly developed master's in journalism program at USIU-A. She will work with Njoroge to supervise staff, organize and conduct graduate seminars, and advise thesis writing for students. The seminars will focus on identification of national and international research resources to support and enhance research portfolios and collaborations between USIU-A and K-State.

Muturi, who was born and educated in Kenya, has continued to conduct research in her homeland on various health issues that impact the country including HIV/AIDS and alcohol abuse. At K-State, she teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in health communication, public relations and research methods. She currently heads the public relations sequence and has served as the graduate program director for several years at the A.Q. Miller School of Journalism and Mass Communications.

The USIU project is one of 69 projects that will pair African Diaspora scholars with higher education institutions in Africa to collaborate on curriculum co-development, research, graduate teaching, training and mentoring activities. Muturi is one of 70 African Diaspora scholars who has been awarded fellowships to travel to Africa beginning in December 2016 to conduct a wide range of projects across disciplines, from agroforestry to e-learning modules for nursing and ethnomusicology to military mental health.

Read more about the Carnegie African Diaspora Fellowship Program