Dimeji Togunde, Ph.D.
Gordon-Zeto Dean for Global Education & Professor of International Studies
350 Spelman Lane, SW, Box 343
Atlanta, GA 30314
Dr. ‘Dimeji Togunde serves as the Gordon-Zeto Dean for Global Education and Professor of International Studies at Spelman College. As the founding Dean, his roles include providing leadership for the implementation of the College’s Strategic Planning and its Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP), also known as Spelman Going Global!, which is the center-piece of the College’s reaccreditation by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.
In his capacity as the College’s Chief International Officer, Dr. Togunde provides guidance and direction for all of the College’s global initiatives. As the focal point of contact for information about Spelman’s global activities, he is responsible for building/strengthening strategic international partnership engagements aimed at enhancing student exchanges, faculty and students’ research, and students’ global learning experiences. Reporting directly to the Provost, he oversees the Office of Study Abroad, Office of Cultural Orientation, International Affairs Center, International Student Services and Advising, and all study abroad programs directed by faculty and staff.
Professor Togunde also serves as the Activity Director for the G-STEM Program, an initiative funded partly by the Department of Education’s TITLE III, Part F SAFRA grant which provides international research opportunities for Spelman’s students in STEM disciplines (Sciences, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics). Dr. Togunde also leads the assessment of the College’s internationalization initiatives and collaborates with academic departments to encourage greater awareness of and involvement with the realities of globalization.
Prior to joining Spelman College in August 2011, Professor Togunde spent the last 15 years at Albion College in Michigan, where he held the John S. Ludington Endowed Chair in the Social Sciences as Professor of Sociology, and served as Chair of the Department of Anthropology/Sociology, and Director of Ethnic Studies Program. He received both his bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Demography and Social Statistics from the Obafemi Awolowo University in Nigeria, and a Ph.D. in Development Sociology from Cornell University. He recently co-edited a book with Emmanuel Yewah, Across the Atlantic: African Immigrants in the United States Diaspora (Common Ground Publishing, University of Illinois, 2010).