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DOLAPO ADENIJI-NEILL

ASSISTANT PROFESSOR

EDUCATION, RUTH S. AMMON SCHOOL OF

HARVEY HALL
ROOM 224

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Diplomas/Degrees

Ph.D.: Curriculum and Instruction (Cognate field: Sociology/Anthropology and Multicultural Education), University of Hawaii at Manoa, Honolulu, Hawaii (2008)
Master of Arts Liberal Studies, Dartmouth College (2004)
Master of Arts in Sociology and Anthropology, The American University in Cairo, Arab Republic of Egypt. (1986)

Recent Courses

Current Topics In Special Education - Research I
Perspectives On Learning And Teaching
Teaching Social Studies In The Secondary Inclusive Classroom
The Adolescent Experience

Personal Statement

My teaching philosophy is founded on the theories of Paulo Freire, Jane Addams of the Hull House and John Dewey.

I believe in creating a teaching environment that is safe, interactive, and collaborative, promotes problem-solving and critical thinking skills. I believe in creating a welcoming environment that accommodates a variety of intelligences and learning styles and encourages students to present their opinions while respecting the opinions of others. I strive to give students “voice” in my classes; not only do the students benefit from peer-peer learning by enriching the course material with personal experiences and knowledge, but also take responsibility for their own learning; therefore, enhancing the integration of their new knowledge into practice. Promoting independent thinking is essential so that students can take what they have learned and apply it in real-life situations. Therefore, I endeavor to make my classroom a sphere for students to learn skills and demonstrate outcomes.

To create a safe learning environment, I encourage students to ask questions and give their views on the material we are covering. I challenge them to look at opposing view- points, and also clarify their own ideas and back them with sound research. I create assignments that improve students’ problem solving and critical thinking skills, such as analyzing psychological theories embedded in media for teaching students and adults and for changing or enhancing behavior. I utilize small-group discussions both to actively involve the students in their own learning as well as to improve their critical thinking skills.

In order to achieve the ultimate goal of student learning, I strive to implement strategies that create a collaborative and safe atmosphere and encourage the application of knowledge to new situations. I believe that these strategies help students become ready and able to utilize their knowledge in their studies and in their future employment.

Research Interests

Parental expectations as a determinant of educational success in K-12 and higher education
Nigerians and Nigerian Americans
Social Studies Education
Sociological and cultural implications influencing individual and group educational opportunities in the U.S and internationally
Class and gender influences in K-12 and higher education settings
Indigenous education
Immigrant education
Multiculturalism.

Grants/Sponsored Research

Faculty Development Grant Recipient:
Mirrors of minds, topical life histories of nine Nigerian women: cultural roles, educational aspirations and attitude towards educating boys and girls

Books

Van Wyk, Berte & Adeniji-Neill, Dolapo (Eds). (2014). Indigenous concepts in education: Towards elevating humanity for all learners. New York, NY: Palgrave-Macmillan.

Adeniji-Neill, Dolapo (2009). Shamelessly Beautiful Morning. Thorofare, NJ: Xlibris Corporation.

Adeniji-Neill, Dolapo (2009). The Yoruba Oral Culture as Indigenous Education: Praise Poetry, Folktales and Folklore. Saurbrucken, Germany: Lambert Academic Publishing, AG & Co..

Adeniji-Neill, Dolapo (2008). Parental Expectations in Education: A Case Study of Nigerian Immigrant Parents to the United States. Saurbrucken, Germany: VDM Verlag Dr. Muller Aktiengesellschaft & Co. KG.


Refereed Articles

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Dolapo Adeniji-Neill (2014), When elephants fight, the grass gets trampled: Internal displacements of women and its educational implications. The International Journal of Diversity in Education, 13, 2, 78-88.

Dolapo Adeniji-Neill (2012), Failure Is Not An Option: Parental Expectations Of Nigerian Voluntary Immigrants to the United States. Ethnicity and Race in a Changing World: A Review Journal.

Dolapo Adeniji-Neill (2012), Diaspora Fathers Speak: Looking back to move forward: African Fathers’ views of the cultural and educational dimensions of fatherhood. The International Journal of Diversity in Organisations, Communities and Nations, 11, 15.

Dolapo Adeniji-Neill (2012), Omoluabi: The way of human being: An African philosophy's impact on Nigerian voluntary immigrants' educational and other life aspirations. Ìrìnkèrindò: a Journal of African Migration, 5, 17.

Dolapo Adeniji-Neill (2012), Creating New Spaces for Learning: Fostering Experiential and Service Learning in a 9-12 School, Journeys Through the African American Past. Journal of Social Sciences. Science Publications., 8, 202-206.

Dolapo Adeniji-Neill (2011), African women's education and empowerment: Case studies of Nigerian women resident in Egypt. The International Journal of Interdisciplinary Social Sciences, 5, 16.


Invited Presentation/Lecture

Dolapo Adeniji-Neill (2014, February). Eileen the Christmas Tree. Africa American Read Aloud-In 2014. Adelphi University Center for Africa, Black & Caribbean Studies, Garden City, NY.

Dolapo Adeniji-Neill (2013, November). “Written In Her Own Voice.”. Kappa Delta Pi Honor Society. Adelphi University, Garden City, NY.

Dolapo Adeniji-Neill (2013, February). “Shamelessly Beautiful Morning.”. African American Read- In 2013. Celebrating Identity. Reading Aloud The Literary Works of Black Writers. Center for African, Black Caribbean Studies Adelphi University, Garden City, NY.

Dolapo Adeniji-Neill (2012, March). Promoting Capacity Through Cooperation Between Urban & Rural Women. 56th Session of the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women (African Women Alliance, Inc.), New York, NY.

Dolapo Adeniji-Neill (2011, November). Things Fall Apart. Literature and the Human Condition, No. 38. Part of the Adelphi University International Education week. (Panel Discussion). Adelphi University School of Social Work, Garden City, NY.


Conference Presentations/Papers

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Adeniji-Neill, D., Mungai, A (2014). Written in Her Own Voice: Excavating Our Pasts, Auto-Ethno-Edu-Biographies of Ten Women in Higher Education. In 14th International Conference on Diversity in Organizations, Communities, and Nations. ). Vienna University of Economics and Business. Institute for Gender and Diversity In Organizations. Vienna, Vienna, Austria.

Dolapo Adeniji-Neill (2014). Haiti After the Quake: Poverty and Nation Building Through Images, Dreams of the Future and Realities. In 12th. Annual Hawaii International conference on Education (pp. 16). Oahu, Honolulu, HI.

Dolapo Adeniji-Neill, Courtney Lee Weida, Tara Gibney (2013). Weaving Threads of Narrative and Aesthtics: Interdisciplinary Education through Story Telling Approaches. In 14th International Conference on Diversity in Organizations, Communities, and Nations (pp. 15). Casuarina NT, Darwin, Australia.

Dolapo Adeniji-Neill (2013). When Elephants fight, the Grass Gets Trampeled: Internal Displacement of Women and Its Educational Implications. In 14th International Conference on Diversity in Organizations, Communities, and Nations (pp. 15). Charles Darwin University, Casuarina NT, Darwin, Australia.

Dolapo Adeniji-Neill (2013). A Qualitative Inguiry Into the Virtual Interaction of Student in Asynchronous Online Blended Courses. In 15th annual International Conference on Education (pp. 20). Athens, Greece.

Dolapo Adeniji-Neill (2012). I will chant homage to the Orisha: The role of folklore, folktales and praise songs in Yoruba culture. In Twelfth International Conference on Diversity in Organisations, Communities and Nations. (pp. 22). Virtual Presentation, Vancouver, Canada.

Dolapo Adeniji-Neill (2012). “When Elephants fight, the grass gets trampled”: The internal displacement of women and its educational implications. In Seventh International Conference on Interdisciplinary Social Sciences. (pp. 18). Universidad Abat Oliba CEU, Barcelona,, Spain.

Dolapo Adeniji-Neill and Berte van Wyk (2012). “To know is not enough:” Diaspora fathers conduct of fatherhood, teaching and learning with their children in a new world. In American Educational Research Association (AERA) (pp. 15). Vancouver, Canada, Vancouver, Canada.

Dolapo Adeniji-Neill (2011). “When Elephants Fight, the Grass gets Trampled”: Internal Displacement of women and its Educational Implications. In Northeastern Educational Research Association (pp. 23). Rocky Hill, CT..

Berte van Wyk and Dolapo Adeniji-Neill (2011). Community Schools and Society: An analysis of Curriculum Conflict and Resolution Through South Africa and United States perspectives. In International Conference on Education (ICE), (pp. 16). Samos, Greece.

Dolapo Adeniji-Neill (2011). Creating New Spaces for Learning: Fostering Experiential and Service Learning In a 9-12 Grade School, Journeys Through African American Past. In International Conference on Education (ICE) (pp. 16). Samos, Greece.

Dolapo Adeniji-Neill (2011). Diaspora Fathers Speak: Looking Back to Move Forward, African Fathers’ Views of the Cultural and Educational Dimensions of Fatherhood. In 11th International Conference on Diversity in Organisations, Communities and Nations. (pp. 22). South Africa (Virtual Presentation).

Dolapo Adeniji-Neill (2011). Omoluabi: “The way of human being:” An African philosophy’s impact on Nigerian voluntary immigrants’ educational and other life aspirations. In American Educational Research Association (pp. 27). New Orleans,LA.

Dolapo Adeniji-Neill (2010). Omoluabi: The way of human being: Does it make a difference in a student's life? In Hawaii Educational Research Association. Honolulu, Hawaii.

Dolapo Adeniji-Neill (2009). African women’s education and empowerment: Case studies of Nigerian women resident in Egypt. In 5th. International Conference on Interdisciplinary Social Sciences. (pp. 16). Murray Edward College, Cambridge, England.

Adeniji-Neill, Dolapo (2008). Parental Expectations in Education: A Qualitative Study of Expectations of Nigerian Voluntary Immigrants to the United States for their Children’s School Achievement. In Hawaii Educational Research Association. Honolulu, Hawai'i.


Professional Activities

Member:
American Educational Research Association (AERA), Hawaii Educational Research Association (HERA)
Northeastern Educational Research Association (NERA)
National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS).
Northeast Regional Conference on the Social Studies.