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Samuel Attoh, PhD

Graduate School Dean

 Samuel Attoh, PhD, is dean of the Graduate School and associate provost for Research and Centers at Loyola University Chicago. Dr. Attoh is devoted to facilitating the University's commitment to academic excellence, research enhancement, service, and the stimulation of progressive change and innovation at the graduate level in all of Loyola's schools and colleges. Dr. Attoh also strongly supports the development of new programs, encouraging interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary initiatives that are intellectually stimulating and mission-focused, and fostering strategic partnerships and alliances within and beyond the University. His research and teaching interests lie in urban and regional planning, housing, and community development, and the geography of international development.

Dr. Attoh served as a fellow of the American Council on Education in 2003-04 and completed his administrative internship at Carnegie Mellon University. Dr. Attoh also received the College of Arts and Sciences Master Teacher Award for two consecutive terms in 1993-95 and 1995-97. Along with editing the book Geography of Sub-Saharan Africa (Prentice Hall, 2009) and contributing chapters in Global Change in Local Places (University of Cambridge Press, 2004), World Regional Geography (Prentice Hall) and the Columbia Gazetteer (Columbia University Press), he has published more than 30 journal articles and technical reports and presented more than 40 papers at national and international conferences.

In addition, Dr. Attoh has served on the Doctoral Dissertation and Research Improvement Review Panel of the National Science Foundation, the Executive Committee of the Association of American Geographers, and was the former President of the Illinois Association of Graduate Schools. He is a member of the Council of Graduate Schools Advisory Committee on Minorities in Graduate Education, the World Education Services Graduate Advisory Board, and the Board of the Diversifying Higher Education Faculty in Illinois Program.

Dr. Attoh received his PhD from Boston University, his MA from Carleton University, Ottawa, and his BA with Honors from the University of Ghana.