Funwi Ayuninjam

Dr. Funwi Ayuninjam

Director of Internationalization

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Biography

Dr. Funwi Ayuninjam is the director of the GGC Office of Internationalization. He oversees the co-curricular component of campus internationalization, which includes education abroad, international student services, international partnerships, the Peace Corps Preparatory Program, and campus international/intercultural academic programming. He is a member of NAFSA: Association of International Educators, where he has served as NAFSA Academy Coach (2014-2015). Before coming to Georgia Gwinnett College, Ayuninjam was the senior international officer at Central State University, Chatham University, Winston-Salem State University, and Kentucky State University. In some of these institutions, he also taught courses in general linguistics, research, African studies, and interdisciplinary studies.

Ayuninjam is co-founder of the Southern Interdisciplinary Roundtable on African Studies and serves on the editorial committees of the Association of International Education Administrators, the Brill Journal of Asian and African Studies, and CEREC Publishing. He is the author of Voices from Africa and Beyond: A Collection of Poems, The Egg Polisher and Other Tales, and A Reference Grammar of Mbili. He has published many articles and book chapters, the most recent of which is “Beyond Curriculum Internationalization: Globalization for Intercultural Competence” (in Curriculum Internationalization and the Future of Education, 2018).

Education

  • Doctorate – theoretical linguistics – Georgetown University
  • Master's – linguistics – Georgetown University
  • Bachelor's – English and French – University of Yaoundé I, Cameroon

Academic Interests

  • Language and colonialism
  • Mbili language - dictionary 
  • Intercultural communication between Africans and African Americans
  • African religion/spirituality
  • Language planning (Africa)
  • African development
  • English
  • African folklore

Distinctions

  • Kentucky State U: Center for Innovation in Teaching, Learning, and Assessment Faculty Fellow
  • Kentucky State U: College of Arts and Sciences Award for Excellence in Scholarship and Research (1st recipient)
  • Bethesda, MD Rotary Club: Research Grant
  • National Assembly of Cameroon: Scholarship for Translation and Linguistics at Georgetown University

Professional Affiliations

  • NAFSA: Association of International Educators
  • Editorial Committee, Association of International Education Administrators
  • Editorial Board, CEREC Publishing
  • Editorial Board, Brill Journal of Asian and African Studies
  • Editorial Board, African Journal of Languages and Linguistics