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José Cossa

Senior Lecturer, International Education Policy and Management

José Cossa is a scholar with interests centered on justice at the local and global level. Cossa holds a Ph.D. in Cultural and Educational Policy Studies with a depth area in Comparative and International Education from Loyola University Chicago. He is the author of Power, Politics, and Higher Education: International Regimes, Local Governments, and Educational Autonomy, published in 2008 by Cambria Press. Cossa’s experience in higher education includes serving as a Ph.D. Methodologist at Walden University, a Dissertation Second Reader at Pan-African Theological Seminary in Togo; serving as a Visiting Associate Professor at the American University in Cairo, Egypt; and, teaching at Loyola University Chicago’s School of Education, Colgate University, Syracuse University’s S. I. Newhouse School of Public Communication, Loyola University Chicago’s School of Continuing and Professional Studies, Dominican University’s School of Leadership and Continuing Studies, and Cape Theological Seminary in Cape Town, South Africa.

Cossa's areas of expertise include education, policy (educational, social, political, and economic), power dynamics in negotiation, international development, global and social justice, organizational leadership, organizational assessment, strategic planning, broadening participation, gender mainstreaming, racial mainstreaming, cultural mainstreaming, internationalization, post-conflict reconstruction, peace initiatives, good governance, youth empowerment, and related areas.

Cossa was the recipient of the 2012 Joyce Cain Award for Distinguished Research on People of African Descent, awarded by the Comparative and International Education Society (CIES). As an active member of CIES, he has served in the Nominations Committee; as Program Chair of the Africa Special Interest Group (ASIG); as a member of the Investment Committee; and, as Chair of the Joyce Cain Award Committee for the 2013-2014 and 2014-2015 terms.

In addition to being a scholar in traditional circles, Cossa is a scholar-activist poet and spoken-word artist, a blogger, a “twitterer”, a podcaster, an educational entrepreneur, and a consultant for community organizations. Cossa has featured as a spoken-word artist in key CIES events as a prelude to the Presidential Address (2016) and Keynote Address (2015).

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