Prof. Tesfaye Semela

Full name: Tesfaye Semela Kukem

Academic position: Professor

School /division: School of Education & Training


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Biography: Professor Tesfaye Semelawas born on 28th of March 1966 in Jimma Ethiopia. He grew up and attended both his primary and secondary school at Jimma. Then he went to Addis Abeba University in 1983 for his Undergraduate study and secured BA in Education and Mathematics in1986. Then, in 1996 he heldM.A. in Educational Psychology, from Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia., 7 years later in 2003 (September) he held PhD in Educational Psychology, from University of Tübingen, Faculty of Social Behavioral Sciences, Germany and from 2009 to 2012 he was Postdoctoral Research Fellow, in University of Tübingen, Faculty of Social Behavioral Sciences, Germany. 

Area of research & ongoing research projects:

Prof. Tesfaye’s specializes in educational policy analysis, higher education, teacher education, gender and education, metacognition, academic self-concept, and academic outcomes. His ongoing research projects are listed below:

  1. A Longitudinal study of Metacognitive Development among Poor and At Risk Children in Southern Ethiopia. 
  2. Child Education, Play and Leisure in Southern Ethiopia, Sponsored by  Bureau of Women, Children and Youth, SNNPR & UNCIEF (A Book Project) 
  3. Curriculum Modularization in Ethiopian Public Universities: The Case of Hawassa University (To be published in a book form soon)
  4. Child Development Program Intervention in Dara Woreda, Southern Ethiopia by SOS Children’s Village, Hawassa Program.

Teaching Experience: Has taught for about 27 years. Professor Tesfaye taught different courses of Postgraduate Programs: Postgraduate Programs in Education: Foundations of Educational Management (EdPM 601) and Leadership in Education (EdPM 638),Postgraduate Program in Human Resource management: Advanced Research Methods (MBAH 505) and Advanced Organizational Behavior (MBAH 542), Postgraduate Program in Cooperatives: Leadership theories ,and Postgraduate Program in Governance & Development Studies: Advanced research Methods in Governance Studies (GaDs 505). He has also supervised MA and PhD thesis. A total 31 MA students graduated under his supervision since 2011.

Selected Publications (Only: 2009-2013)