Iheanyi N. Osondu, Ph.D.

  • College: College of Arts and Sciences
  • Department: Department of Behavioral and Social Sciences
  • Title: Professor
  • Associated Majors and Graduate Programs: Geography Minor
  • osondui@fvsu.edu
  • 478-825-6671
  • Office Location: Bond 150
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Department of Social Sciences
Bond 150
Fort Valley State University
Fort Valley, GA 31030


University of Edinburgh, Scotland United Kingdom (1993)

Urban Geography (Environmental Planning & Resource Management)
University of Jos (1980)

B.A. (Honors)
Geography/Education (Major), History (minor)
University of Lagos (1977)


Research Methodology, Quantitative Techniques and Statistics
University of Glasgow, Scotland, United Kingdom

Quantitative Techniques, Statistical Package for Social Sciences X (SPSS) ; MINITAB & Statistics
University of Edinburgh

Professional Seminar/Workshop on Computer programming Skills and Systems University of Edinburgh
Languages (FORTRAN); Operating Systems (Dos, Unix. VAX (hardware (Dec, VAX, IBM Systems PC & compatibles; Software Claris works; SPSS X, Minitab and MapInfo

Introduction to Arc-View Geographical Information Systems (GIS 3.X)
Environmental Research Institute Inc., Athens Georgia.

SPACE Summer Workshop: Remote Sensing and GIS Technologies for Undergraduate Curricula in the Social Sciences
The University of Oklahoma

American Meteorological Society: Online Weather study workshop
Kansas City

1982-1984 Supervisor/ Coordinator
National Meteorological Station, Eha-Amufu


2000 – Present
Fort Valley State University Department of History, Geography and Political Science

Adjunct Associate Professor of World Regions
Center for Continuing Education
Marcia University, Macon, GA

Adjunct Associate Professor School of Urban and Public Affairs
University of Texas at Arlington
Comparative Housing; Federal Housing Policy programs, HUD grants: Section 8 & Housing History & Finance (Postgraduate)

Carrollton and Farmers Independent School District
Substitute Teacher (High School)

L.H.R. Consulting & Education Services
Consultant/Professor of Environmental Science

Adjunct Lecturer
College of N.E. London
Department of Environmental Health, Planning, Housing & Administration (Undergraduate) in Statistics, Research Methods and Computing (MINITAB)

College of Education, Eha-Amufu
Lecturer & Acting Head of Department of Geography
1982-1985 University of Lagos Institute of Distant Studies (Part –time Lecturer) Continuing Education

Lecturer II in Geography
College of Education, Yola, Nigeria

College of Education, Pankshin
Lecturer II in Geography and Elementary Survey

Government Secondary School
Pankshin, Plateau State, Nigeria

Boys High School, Awkunanaw


November Quality Education for Minorities (QEM) Network Workshop by National Science Foundation NSF’S Major Research Instrumentation (MRI) Program

October ESRI Sharpen Your Skills Seminar: Using ArcGis 10.1 for Desktop.

GIS Summer workshop for High School Math/Science Teachers in Middle Georgia Region. Funded by the US Department of Education grant.

GIS hands-on workshop for Staff of Macon-Bibb County Planning and Zoning Commission

October 2008
Quality Education For Minorities (QEM) Network
Workshop for National Science Foundation (NSF)’s Major Research Instrumentation (MRI) program

July 22 – 29, 2006
SPACE summer workshop on “Remote Sensing and GIS Technologies for Undergraduate Curricular in the Social Sciences” The University of Oklahoma, Norman

September 2006
Introduction to GIS: Seminar/workshop for faculty/Staff Fort Valley State University funded from the Spatial Perspectives on Analysis for Curriculum Enhancement grant (SPACE).

GIS hands on workshop for Staff of Macon-Bibb County Planning a Zoning Commission

May Online Weather study workshop

February North-side High School GIS Seminar –An introduction to GIS

Mobile GIS Seminar for real time decision making in the field

June 2003
Introduction to GIS – Community participation – Wolf Alliance

June 2001
Seminar on the use of and application of Arc- GIS, Atlanta Georgia


2009/2010: US Department of Education Grant award for the Acquisition of GIS laboratory Equipment for recruitment and Training Projects: ($95,000)

2006: SPACE Grant to introduce GIS to Student, Faculty and Staff- Campus enlightenment campaign on the use and application of GIS: ($500.00)

2003: FVSU Faculty Summer Research Stipend $1000.00 Assessment of Urban Environmental Quality (Housing) In South Macon, Bib County Georgia:

1984 – 1988: Federal Government (Nigeria) Overseas Scholarship at Edinburgh University, Scotland U.K

1979- 1980: University of Jos Nigeria Post-graduate Scholarship

1974-1977: Federal Government of Nigeria Undergraduate Scholarship University of Lagos


2019: Chair Faculty Senate President
2008 : Vice President Faculty Senate
2017: Chair Tenure and Promotions Committee, College of Arts and Sciences
2017: Chair Tenure and Promotions Committee, Department of Social Sciences
2013 -17: Faculty Senator Representing Department of Social Science.
2013: Elected to Department of Social Sciences Tenure and Promotions Committee.
2012: Member, committee for Reddick Scholarship Award for articles published on Africa in the Journal of Third World Studies.
2010: Member, Promotion and Post- tenure Committee: Department of Fine Arts, Humanities and Mass Communication.
2010: Member, Promotion and Tenure Committee: Department of English and Foreign Languages
2004:Present Director Social Science/GIS Laboratory
2005: Present Co-Chair Coordinating Committee Weather net Classroom/American Meteorological Society
2005 to Present: Chair, Geography Grant writing: Department of History, Geography and Political Science
2004-2006: Chair Board of regents Committee on core courses: Geography and Geology
2004: Present Associate member Population Study center (PSC) Department of Business and Economics
2004 – 2006: Member, Faculty senate Representing Department of Social Sciences
2003: Present Member Board of Regents committee on core courses: Geography and Geology
2003: Present Consultant Advance placement program, Human geography
2003: Present Member Professional Education Faculty Council
2003: Present Member University Curriculum Committee and Curriculum sub-committee
2004: Present Judge B-P-R-B Student paper competition
2004-2009: Judge Middle Georgia Regional History Day Contest
200-2001: Judge High School Quiz Bowl


2008: Present Editorial Board member, Journal of Recreation and Society in Africa, Asia and South America
2005: Academic Reviewer National Geographic Society Atlas, John Wiley and Sons Alliance Partner
2003 to Present: Consultant on AP Human Geography College Board


Geog 1230 – Introduction to Physical Geography
Geog 1231 – Introduction to World Regions
Geog 1232 – Introduction to Meteorology (weather and Climate)
Geog 2576 – Introduction to Geographic Information Systems
Geog 3300 – Geography and Geology of Georgia
Geog 3302 – Economic Geography
Geog 3300 – Geography and Geology of Georgia
Geog 4401 – Population Geography
Geog 4404 – Geography of North America
Geog 4405 – Geography of Africa
Geog 4407 Geography of Asia


2010 – Present: Member National Council for Geographic Education. 2010
2004 – Present: Member, Association of Third World studies
2004 – Present: Member, African Research Forum (2004-2010)


A. Co-Authored Book

Osondu,I.N. 2014) The Geography of Slave Trade in Osondu, Bangura et.al The Culpability of the Slave Trade. University of America Press INC. Washington DC.

B. Referred Journal Article

Osondu, I.N. and Kenneth A. Tah (2018) Foreign Trade and Economic Growth in South Africa. Asia-Pacific Journal of accounting and Economics

Osondu I.N. (2011) The Third World: What is in a name? UJAH: Unizik Journal of Arts and Humanities, Vol.12, No. 2, 2011

Osondu I.N. (2011) A comparative analysis of African Traditional Economic Institution in contemporary Africa and its Diaspora: International Journal of Migration issue # 4. January 2011.

C. Book Chapters

Osondu, I.N. (2017) Comparative analysis of African Traditional Economic systems and Micro Finance. In Oloruntoba Ojo Samuel edit. Africa and Its Diaspora: History, Identities and Economy Pan African University Press, Austin Texas, USA.

Osondu I.N. (2014) The role of Cultural Associations: National and Ethnic in Africa and Diaspora in Uwakwe, Rotick and Okpala, Edits. Engaging the Diaspora: Migration and African Families. Lexington Books. New York. ISBN978-0-7391-7973 Pp. 143- 164

Osondu, I.N. (2013) Social and economic Consequences of wars and Civil conflicts. In Toyin Falola eds. Africa After fifty years: Retrospections and Reflections. Africa World Press/The red Sea Press Inc. ISBN978-1-5922-907-0 pp. 321-340

Osondu, I.N. (2011) An outline Geography of Africa in Munene I. (edit.) An Interdisciplinary Primer, in African Studies Lexington Books. Pages 17-31

Osondu I.N. (2009) Environmental Policy, in Bangura Abdul K. (edit.) Assessing George W. Bush African Policy and suggestions for Barack Obama and African Leaders I Universe pages 101 – 116

Osondu I.N. (2009) Not out of Africa? Sifting Facts from Fiction, in the New Balkanization of Africa. In Soyinka-Ariwele and K. Edozie (edits) Reframing Contemporary Africa – Politics, Economics, and Culture in the Global Era. CQ Press, a division of SAGE Publications Pages 36 – 46.

D. Dissertations and Thesis

Osondu. I, N. (1992) Housing Finance in urban Nigeria. A case Study of Enugu. Ph.D. Thesis, Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Edinburgh, Scotland U.K.

Osondu, I.N. (1980) Urban Housing Quality Assessment in Pankshin. Msc. Thesis, Faculty of Graduate Studies, University of Jos.
Papers presented at Professional Conferences/Meetings

E. Papers Presented at Professional Conferences/Meetings

Osondu, I.N. (2019) Globalizing the future: workshop on European Union Quo Vadis? Transformation and Challenges. Workshop organized by the Nine University and College International Consortium of Georgia, held at Clayton State University Morrow April 12,2019

Osondu, I.N. (2019) Critical Examination of Climate Change on African American Farmers. Paper presented at the 27th. Joint National Conference of the National Association of African American Studies, National Association of Hispanic and Latino Studies; National Association of Native American Studies and International Association of Asian Studies, February 11-16, 2019 Dallas Texas.

Osondu, I.N and Anumonwo- Johnstone (2018) Global South Migrants: Divergences in cross-Border and Transcontinental African Migration. Paper presented at the 36th. Annual Conference, Albuquerque, New Mexico, November 18-20, 2018.
Osondu, I.N. and Kenneth A. Tah et. al. (2018) Foreign Trade and Economic Growth in South Africa Paper presented at the 22nd. Annual Conference, of African Studies and Research Forum (ASRF) University of West Georgia, Carrolton, Georgia.

Osondu, I.N. (2018) Globalizing the future: The rise of Asia in Global Politics and Economics’ Workshop Organized by the Nine University and College International Studies Consortium of Georgia, held at Clayton State University Morrow , November 2, 2018.

Osondu, I.N. (2018) The African environment and the dangers of E-waste in the era of globalization Paper presented at the 22nd. Annual Conference, of African Studies and Research Forum (ASRF) University of West Georgia, Carrolton, Georgia.

Osondu, I. N. (2017) Climate Change and Land Use conflicts in Sub-Saharan Africa. Paper presented at ATWS Annual conference

Osondu, I. N. (2014) Comparative Analysis of African Traditional Economic Systems and Micro finance. Paper presented at the African conference. University Of Texas Austin April 3rd – 7th, 2014

Osondu, I.N (2012) The Arab Spring (North Africa), and its Geopolitical Implications for the Continent of Africa. Paper presented at the 30th. Annual Conference of the Association of the third World Studies October 11-13 2012. Berry College, Rome Georgia.

Osondu, I.N (2011) Culpability of the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade: The Geographical Implications. Paper presented at the 29th. Annual Conference of the Association of Third World Studies. November 20-23, 2011. Hotel Pestina, Salvador da Bahia Brazil.

Osondu I.N. (2010) Africa, and the dangers of E-Waste. Paper presented at the 28th. Annual Conference of the association of Third World Studies, Armstrong Atlantic University, Savannah, Georgia.

Osondu, I.N. and Onukora Larry (2010) Environmental and population Health conditions in Abakpa Residential District of Kaduna Metropolis Nigeria. Paper presented at The 11th. Southern Interdisciplinary Roundtable on African Studies (SIRAS). Kentucky State University, Frankfort, Kentucky.

Osondu, I.N. (2009) The Third World: What is in a name? Paper presented at the 27th. Annual conference of the Association of third World Studies Association, Cape Coast Ghana

Osondu, I.N. (2008) Economic and Social consequences of Civil wars in Africa Paper presented at the 26th. Conference of the Association of third World Studies, Millersville PA.

Osondu I.N. (2007) Analysis of the Regional Geography of Africa in America: Shifting facts from fiction. Paper presented at the 25th. Annual Conference of the Association of Third World Studies, November 18-20, Lima Peru.

Osondu I.N (2007) Geographical Analysis of Wars, civil conflicts and their Social implications. Paper presented at Association of Third World Studies conference, November 18-20, Lima Peru.

Osondu I.N. (2005) The Geography of Wars in Africa: A Geopolitical analysis of Regional Conflicts. Association of Third World Studies. The Dominican Republic November 20 -22,

Osondu, I.N; Floyd G; & Samake S (2004) The Use and Application of GIS in Third World Development programs. Association of Third World Studies 22nd. Annual Conference, Macon, Georgia October 7 – 9.

Osondu, I.N. (2003) Traditional African Economic System in Contemporary Western Culture Conference on uncovering connections IV Cultural Endurance between Africa, The Americas and The Caribbean.

Osondu, I.N. (2002) The role of non-profit organizations in Urban housing development in Nigeria. Conference on non-profit organizations and sustainable Communities, Tucson, Arizona

Osondu, I.N (1998) Socio-economic impact of preserving historic buildings in the central business district of Fort Worth. 41st. Annual Conference of Western Social Science Association April 21 –24.

Osondu, I. N & Oppong J. (1997) Housing, Health and Diseases in Urban West Africa. Annual Conference of Association of American Geographers, April 1 – 5th.

Osondu, I.N. & Middleton, A. (1994) Informal Housing Finance in developing Countries. An Analysis. 2nd International symposium on housing for the poor. April 11- 14th.

Osondu, I.N. (1994) Tit-bits on Research Methods Seminar Working paper, Faculty of Professional Business & Service Studies, Department of Environmental, Health Housing and Administration, The College of North East London.

Osondu, I.N. & Middleton, A. (1993) A general framework for analyzing housing finance in urban centers of developing countries. An example. International Association of Housing Science Congress, April 10 –14th.

Osondu, I.N. & Middleton, A. (1992) The role of unconventional institutions in financing urban housing in developing countries. International Association of Housing Science Congress, September 21 –25th.