PROFILE OF PROF UZOMA ODERA OKOYE
Prof. Uzoma Odera Okoye graduated in 1989 with a BSc from the Department of Sociology/Anthropology, University of Nigeria, Nsukka. She was the best graduating student in her class and so the department encouraged her to apply as a staff. She joined the services of the University of Nigeria, Nsukka as a Graduate Assistant. At that time the Social Work unit of the department of Sociology/Anthropology were in need of staff and she was among those who were co-opted to do a Master degree in Social Work, a decision she has never regretted. Prof Okoye was a Fulbright Scholar to Boston College USA in 1999/2000 session and obtained her Doctor of Philosophy (Phd) degree in Social Gerontology (Study of elderly people) in 2002. She became a Professor of Social Work in October 2011.
She was and still is one of the founding staff of the Department of Social Work, University of Nigeria,Nsukka since 2007. She served as Head, Department of Social Work, University of Nigeria, Nsukka from 2008-2010, 2016-till date, and also at the University of Benin, where she was the pioneer Head, Department of Social Work from July 2011 to May, 2013. Prof Uzoma Okoye is a member of Nigerian Association of Social Workers (NASOW) and she is currently the Vice President of Nigerian Association of Social Work Educators. She is part of UNFPA team that monitored census in Nigeria (2007), Sudan (2008) and Pakistan (2017).
She has conducted field researches bothering on different topical social issues such as physically challenged students, Child rights, perception of the elderly by the youth, care giving and social support for the elderly by their families, impact of HIV/AIDS on the elderly, gender issues and so on. She is also the author of over forty journal articles and book chapters in different areas of social work. She has attended many local and international conferences and served as resource person in many workshops.
Dr Okoye has supervised and graduated over twenty Masters students and eight PhD students. She teaches research methods, social work practice methods and social gerontology both at undergraduate and post graduate levels. She is married to Prof CMI Okoye and they are blessed with four children.