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Study in Africa: Program Leaders



Professor Mark E. Denham, Project Director, has been director or co-director previous University of Toledo sponsored GPAs to southern Africa in 2001, 2003, and 2008. He has traveled extensively in southern, central and east Africa and been a part of numerous groups visiting developing countries.

                He is the chair of the University of Toledo Department of Political Science and Public Administration, and was recently interim chair of the Department of Psychology and Interim Associate Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. His research and publications focus on tourism in the developing world, international nongovernmental organizations and international political economy, including a study of the distribution of development assistance to Africa. He has edited books on sovereignty and citizenship which have been published by Macmillan, St. Martin's Press, and Peter Lang Publishers. He is a member of the International Studies Association and has held offices in that organization. At The University of Toledo Dr. Denham has served as a Master Teacher in the College of Arts and Sciences and as a member of the Faculty Senate. He was director of a U.S. Department of Education Title VIA grant project, International Environmental and Women's Studies: Making the Connection. He has degrees from the Georgia Institute of Technology, Boston University and a Ph.D. from Ohio State University.

Prof. Denham has had extensive interaction with individuals associated with previous GPAs has allowed him to develop personal relationship with many academics and leaders in Lesotho and South Africa, contacts on which this project relies. He has visited some of these people separately from the GPA visits and some of the contacts have visited him in the United States. He traveled to South Africa and Lesotho in September 2010 to coordinate a number of the programs and personnel for the 2011 seminar.



Shari Ann Densel, Curriculum Specialist, is an artist, a teacher and a teacher educator. She is a nationally certified teacher of art and an adjunct instructor at Bowling Green State University teaching classes in arts methods focusing on guiding students in the implementation of planned curricula, teaching methods, and assessment strategies. She has been a classroom teacher for fourteen years and has nationally published curricular resources and lessons. She is an active artist, exhibiting her work in local area competitions. Ms. Densel has been a participant in several teacher education programs, including travel to China, Japan, South Africa and Lesotho. She has worked with the Great Lakes Consortium for International Training and Development to help coordinate workshops for women artists from Tanzania, focusing on assisting Tanzanian artists in issues of design and establishing support groups and associations dealing with women’s issues and the dissemination of their art. Most recently she is working with school systems in Tanzania to develop their first arts curriculum.

Last Updated: 8/8/17