Godson Obia, Associate Dean
Godson C. Obia is associate dean of the College of Sciences and professor of geography at Eastern Illinois University, Charleston, Illinois. He has been at Eastern Illinois University since 1994.
After earning tenure and promotion to full professor in the Department of Geology and Geography, Dr. Obia joined the College of Sciences administration in October 2000 as acting associate dean. He was later appointed permanent associate dean and served in that capacity until he assumed duties as interim dean in July 2011. In June 2012 he returned to his position as associate dean and has served in that role since.
He also served as interim chair of the Department of Biological Sciences from January to June 2009. Before coming to EIU, Dr. Obia served as a post-doctoral associate at the University of Oklahoma, and taught for seven years at the University of Nebraska, Kearney, where he reached the rank of associate professor with tenure. He has received achievement and contribution awards for teaching, research, and service at EIU, and a teaching excellence award from the Association of American Geographers.
Dr. Obia holds a B.Sc. (Second Class Honors, Upper Division) from the University of Nigeria, a M.A. from the University of Toronto, and a Ph.D. from the University of Oklahoma. He has taught courses in environmental, economic, world regional, cultural, statistical, and African geography, as well as, an interdisciplinary course on global threats and problems.
Dr. Obia has conducted and presented research on topics such as farm bankruptcy, African agricultural development, brain drain, rural land use and development, environmental resource management, and watershed management. He has published the results of his research in journals and books such as Small Farm Advocate, Journal of Third World Studies, Papers of the Applied Geography Conferences, Platte Valley Review, Platte River Atlas, Encyclopedia of Twentieth-Century African History, Proceedings of the Small City and Regional Development, Geography of Sub-Saharan Africa, and Addressing Misconceptions About Africa’s Development.
He has served as editor of the Great Plains-Rocky Mountain Geographical Journal, director of the Africa Specialty Group (ASG) of the Association of American Geographers, and editorial board member of the ASG’s African Geographical Journal. Dr. Obia is currently serving as a member of the College of Arts and Sciences’ Committee on Cultural Diversity.