Professor Yaw Oheneba-Sakyi (Ph.D.) is the Dean of the School of Continuing and Distance Education (SCDE), College of Education, University of Ghana, Legon, responsible for providing leadership to the School in respect of human, financial and material resources within the general framework of University policy. From August 2008 to July 2014, he was the Director, Institute of Continuing and Distance Education (ICDE), University of Ghana. Prior to coming to Ghana in 2008, Professor Oheneba-Sakyi lectured in the United States of America for 19 years.  From 1989 to 1996, he rose from the rank of Assistant Professor to Associate Professor at the State University of New York (SUNY), Potsdam, USA. In 2002 he was promoted to Full Professor at California State University, Fresno, where he served as Chair of the Africana and American Indian Studies Department. 

As the Dean of SCDE and Director of ICDE, he has been the Senior Responsible Officer (End-User) and Steering Committee Member, responsible for the implementation of the University of Ghana’s ICT-Based Distance Education Project in partnership with Unisplendour Software System Co., Ltd, Tsinghua University, China. This project which began in 2009 and ending in 2015 is to equip the School and its Regional Centres throughout the country with fiber-optic network operating centers, fully-equipped computer labs, interactive whiteboard classrooms, learning management system and video conferencing facilities. A thirty seven million, five hundred ninety thousand (US$37,590,000) investment from the Government of the People’s Republic of China, this project is a component of the University’s five-year IT Strategic Plan, which is also in line with the Ghana’s ICT Policy on Education. With a passion to give prospective students the theoretical knowledge and practical skills they need to lead the Distance Education enterprise within educational, business, government, and non-profit organizations in Ghana, Prof. Oheneba-Sakyi has also been the Project Director to oversee the delivery of various on-line academic programmes to Ghanaians by Indian Universities through the Government of India Pan-African E-Network Project, hosted by the University of Ghana.

Prof. Oheneba-Sakyi holds a Ph.D. in Sociology from Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah, USA; an M.A. degree from the State University of New York (SUNY) at Albany, USA; and a B.A. (Honors) degree from the University of Ghana, Legon, Accra.  For his entire professional life, he has consistently demonstrated achievement in research and scholarly endeavors in an increasingly diverse international academic environment. His teaching and research interests are in the social demography of the African family and development, educational technology and innovation, critical thinking about African higher education, contemporary issues in adult education, distance education and e-learning. His third book entitled, African Families at the Turn of the 21st Century was published in 2006 by Westport, CT: Praeger Publishers. Additionally, he has published numerous research articles in respectable international peer-review journals such as Contemporary Journal of African Studies, Journal of Comparative Family Studies, Journal of Asian and African Studies, Journal of Biosocial Science, Sociological Perspectives, Human Biology, International Journal of Sociology of the Family, and Review of Religious Research.

Between 2007 and 2008, Prof. Oheneba-Sakyi was named a Fulbright New Century Scholar (NCS), one of 36 top scholars and practitioners from 25 countries, including the United States to conduct research on access and equity in higher education around the globe. This program selected international scholars who were mindful of the nuances and complexities of the barriers to access (in relation to race/ethnicity, gender, religion, region, and language), which might lie in poor middle and secondary schools, culturally situated differences in aspirations, financial barriers, and the structures of post-secondary opportunities, including expectations for entry, persistence, and success. Prof. Oheneba-Sakyi research for the Fulbright project was on Ghana’s triple heritage of socio-cultural development that responds to the African-Traditional, Arabic-Islamic, and European-Christian systems of education and how differences in religious-institutional philosophies impact educational access and equity.   

Prof. Oheneba-Sakyi has also received numerous other grants to support his scholarship including a U.S. Department of Education Title VI International Studies Program grant; a Rockefeller Foundation grant; a National Endowment for the Humanities grant; a Nuala McGann Dresher Fellowship; a London School of Economics & Political Science grant; Office of Research and Sponsored Programs, Grant Development award, State University of New York, Potsdam; Instructionally-Related Activities (IRA) grant, California State University; and the College of Social Sciences Research/Creative Activities award, California State University, Fresno, California, USA.



Books and Monographs

2013  Keynote Addresses and Communiqués on Annual New Schools (2009-2013). Institute of Continuing and Distance Education, University of Ghana, Legon. (co-content editor: Michael A. Tagoe). Accra: TYPE Company Ltd, 83 pages.

2006 African Families at the Turn of the 21st Century (co-editor, Baffour K. Takyi). Westport, CT: Praeger Publishers, 318 pages, map.


Chapters in Books

2014  “Changing Trends in Adult and Continuing Education: The Ghanaian Experience.” (co-authors: Prof. Olivia Kwapong; Dr. Samuel Badu-Nyarko; Dr. Michael Tagoe). In Changing Perspectives on the Social Sciences in Ghana (Adjei-Mensah, S; Aryee, J.A.; and Oduro, A (Eds.). Berlin: Springer. 

2006  "Introduction to the Study of African Families: A Framework for Analysis." (co-author: Baffour K. Takyi). In African Families at the Turn of the 21st Century, pp. 1-23. Praeger Publishers, Westport, CT.

2006   "The Study of African Families: Concluding Remarks." (co-author: Baffour K. Takyi). In African Families at the Turn of the 21st Century, pp. 273-278. Praeger Publishers, Westport, CT. 

Research Articles in Refereed Journals

2015   “Harnessing the Power of the Youth Through National Youth Policies in Ghana: Challenges to Notions of Empowerment” (co-author: Michael A. Tagoe). Contemporary Journal of African Studies, Vol. 3, No. 1, pp. 63-84.

2009  “Religion and Socioeconomic Attainment in Ghana (co-authors: Tim Heaton and Spencer James).  Review of Religious Research, Vol. 51(2), pp. 71-86, 2009.