The Graduate School Dean’s Profile/Office
Cosmas U. Nwokeafor – Dean
Cosmas U. Nwokeafor serves as the Dean of Graduate School at Bowie State University where his responsibilities include the supervision, administration and management of the overall operation of the Graduate School. As a dean, he supervises and oversees the management of the Graduate School’s budget and in the preparation of fiscal reports. He provides leadership in the orderly, effective, efficient and professional manner of running the school. Dr. Nwokeafor serves as the convener and presides over the Graduate Council, the policymaking and advisory body to him. He also provides leadership in the production of the Graduate Catalog, the Graduate Student Handbook, the Dissertation/thesis handbook and the Graduate Assistantship Handbook. Dr. Nwokeafor represents the Graduate School at the Council of Graduate Schools (CGS), Council of Historically Black Graduate Schools (CHBGS), and the National HBCU White House Initiative. He also approves masters’ theses and doctoral dissertations for defense and oversee the coordination and administration of the Doctoral dissertation defense, and represent Bowie State University Graduate School as the administrator of the ProQuest/UMI electronic dissertation/theses (ETD).
Dr. Nwokeafor has served as a Provost Fellow and Assistant Provost for graduate studies at Bowie State University. Prior to his current position, he has served as the Assistant Dean and Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences respectively, during which time he established the first College of Arts and Sciences newsletter. He has also served as the Chair of the department of communication. His professional experiences include leadership training at Harvard University and participated at the Oxford Roundtable workshop (2009) where his paper was among the top ten papers that was published on the journal forum on public policy on-line, spring 2009 (http://forumonpublicpolicy.com), and Oxford Education Research Symposium (2013), London. He has conducted research in the areas of development communication, new communication technologies and development in Africa, conundrum of autism, and retention studies. Currently, he serves as the council of historically black graduate school/UMI ProQuest award committee chair for dissertation submissions from (CHBGS) member institutions. He also serves as the secretary of the Council of Historically Black Graduate Schools. Dr. Nwokeafor was the past associate editor of the Journal of African Communication (JAC). He has been involved as a co-PI in some funded and unfunded grants among which are the multimillion dollar project learning community (Project LINC), National Science Foundation (NSF) proposal titled “Prince George’s Partnership for Innovation and a 4.5 million dollar National Science Foundation (NSF) grant titled “Training Institute for Practicing Mathematics and Sciences Teachers. Dr. Nwokeafor has received numerous awards such as 6th time awardees of Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers’; Who’s Who in the Media and Mass Communications; Who’s Who in American Education; Who’s Who in America; Who’s Who in the East; Who’s Who in the World; Award as a Member of the International Authors and Writers; and Citizen Ambassador Program Award. Dr. Nwokeafor is a Pointer Institute for Media, American Press Institute and Capital/ABC Fellow. He has published seven books, published six book chapters and is the author of numerous scholarly peer reviewed articles. Dr. Nwokeafor reviewed John Merrill’s book, Global Communication. Dr. Nwokeafor received a National Certificate of Education (Pedagogy) at the prestigious Alvan Ikoku College of Education, Owerri, Nigeria, his bachelor’s degree in Journalism from Howard University in 1986, masters in Mass Communication in 1990 and a doctorate in Mass Communication from Howard University in 1992.
Mathias A. Mbah -Assistant Dean
Mathias A. Mbah is the Assistant Dean of Graduate School at Bowie State University. Dr. Mbah has a consistent record of success in areas of leadership/advocacy, compliance, cost control, diversity, program design, and student development. His time at Bowie State University has been marked by series of major accomplishments. Dr. Mbah is responsible for the management of the day-to-day administrative operations of the Graduate School, insures that the appropriate resources are available for the School’s operations and activities, manage and supervise BSU/UMUC Partnership European graduate programs, develop and plan programs to support the mission of the graduate school. He plans and implements Graduate Open Houses, oversees the operations of the Graduate Assistantship Program as well as administering the Graduate Comprehensive/Qualifying Examinations program. Dr. Mbah handles graduate student issues: evaluate and provide responses to issues raised by graduate students, create solutions for issues raised by students regarding academic programs and graduate school policies and procedures. He prepares annual reports on the progress of the graduate school, develops initiatives and programs to support and enhance graduate level programs such as Program Assessment plan and student oriented program and provides assistance to the graduate dean on policy and procedural matters.
Prior to assuming the position of the Assistant Dean of the Graduate School, Dr. Mbah served as the Chair of the Department of Business, Public Administration and Economics at Bowie State University. Dr. Mbah testified to MHEC the justification for the creation of Master of Public Administration (MPA) and Master of Business Administration (MBA) at Bowie State University, lead the initiation/justification for the creation of the School of Business at Bowie State University to the Education Committee of the UMS Board of Regents and served as the Founding Dean. He initiated and formed the Board of Advisers of the School of Business. Dr. Mbah served as a board member of organizations that include; National Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) Business School Deans’ Roundtable, Public Member on the US State Department’s Foreign Service Selection Board, The Fomunyoh Foundation (TFF) amongs others. Dr. Mbah’s academic/research interest is in Management Information Systems and Economics. Dr. Mbah has presented and published in scholarly journals. Dr. Mbah received a B.Sc. in Management, M. A. in Economics from the State University of New York (SUNY) at Binghamton, M. S. in Management Information Systems from the Watson School of Technology at the State University of New York (SUNY) at Binghamton and a Ph.D. in Economics from Howard University in Washington DC.
Talecia J. Frazier – Administrative Assistant
Talecia Frazier’s background includes over 5 years of experience in working at a foster care agency and presently at Bowie State University’s Graduate School as an Administrative Assistant. Talecia has an Associate’s Degree in Psychology from Prince George’s Community College and a Bachelor’s of Science in Psychology from Bowie State University. Talecia is currently pursuing a Master’s of Education in Mental Health Counseling at Bowie State University. Talecia, in addition to her daily administrative duties for the Graduate School office, with the assistance of Graduate School staff, facilitates the New Graduate Student Orientation and Graduate Open House events each semester.
Elaine Gunter – Graduate Record Coordinator
Elaine Gunter who serves as the Graduate Records Coordinator for the Graduate School, joined Bowie State University in the Office of Continuing Education and Extended Studies as a work study student in Fall 1997. She has gained an array of experiences in customer service, office management and team building. She took on the position of Administrative Assistant to the Department of Behavioral Sciences in 2000 in which she provided assistance for graduate as well as undergraduate programs. She subsequently joined the Office of the Registrar to take on the responsibility of the Graduate Records and the European Program. The European Program is a partnership with the University of Maryland University College that offers Bowie State University degrees in Germany and other European military bases. She processed all of the documentation that led to the verification and issuance of degrees for the military participants.
Currently, she is responsible for monitoring and verification of the progression of all graduate students at Bowie State University. This entails a comprehensive review of each student for graduate degree clearance, course substitutions, transfer credits, certificate programs, and advancement to candidacy. She works closely with the Graduate Program Coordinators, College Deans, Department Chairs, Graduate Admissions and the Office of the Registrar. She was responsible for managing the records of 19 graduate and 2 doctoral programs. Ms. Gunter presents a detailed overview during the New Graduate Student Orientation each semester to ensure their familiarity with policies and procedures for achieving their academic goals.
Ms. Gunter earned her Associates Degree in Elementary Education from Prince Georges Community College. While working full time at Bowie State University, she earned both her Bachelors of Science degree in Psychology and her Master of Science degree in Human Resource Development from Bowie State University.
Nicole Stubbs – European Program Specialist/Record Coordinator
Nicole R. Stubbs has over 10 years of experience working in Higher Education, where she started her experience as a student worker at University of Maryland University College (UMUC) while pursuing her undergraduate degree and moved on to become an Undergraduate Academic Advisor for the next 6 years. Ms. Stubbs came to Bowie State University (BSU) Fall 2011 as European Program Specialist/Record Coordinator for the Graduate School Office. She works closely with UMUC overseas division in Asia and Europe, where she coordinates BSU Undergraduate and Graduate Programs and ensures that each student completes their degree program through UMUC. In addition to her daily duties, Ms. Stubbs always helps her department with Open House, New Graduate Student Orientation and BSU graduation each year. Ms. Stubbs received her Bachelor of Science Degree from the University of Maryland Eastern Shore in Rehabilitation Services in May 2003.