Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities

              WELCOME TO Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities

RATIONALE

The Faculty of Social Science and Humanities (FSSH) is one of the faculties at Gambella University under the Academic, research, technology transfer and community transfer Vice President. The faculty has been operating and supervising ten departments (English language and literature, psychology, gender and development, sociology and social work, social anthropology, EDPM, special needs, geography and environmental studies, civics and ethical studies, and history and heritage studies). This faculty is coordinating academic activities in both the undergraduate and graduate programs with regular and week-end streams. The graduate program is currently run in two departments (peace and conflict studies under the civics department and TEFL under the English department).

VISION

The vision solution-focused and socially involved by encouraging reputable research, innovation, and the alignment of academic principles and values with the needs of the future economy, the Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities aims to improve the quality of the student experience and shift the larger socioeconomic landscape toward sustainable competitiveness.

MAIN ACTIVITIES

A wide number of academic disciplines are included in the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, which promotes research and study in fields that examine culture, society, and human behavior. The following are some of the primary tasks carried out by faculty members in the social sciences and humanities fields:

Curriculum Development and Instruction (Teaching):

  • Academicians design and deliver their courses with the goal of ensuring that students fully understand the material they are presenting.
  • Create the curricula, deliver lectures, lead discussions, and mark homework.                                           

Research:

  • Academic staff members produce academic articles, contribute to scholarly publications, and do original research on topics related to human behavior, history, culture, and society.

Promoting Cultural Awareness:

  • Scholars explore many cultures, traditions, and languages
  • Promote respect for and comprehension of various cultures

Public Outreach and Engagement:

  • Organize public lectures, seminars, and conferences.
  • Engage with the broader community, encouraging dialogue and knowledge sharing         

LIST OF Departments under FACULTY OF SOCIAL SCIENCE AND HUMANITIES

1. Department of English language and literature
English Department under the Faculty of FSSH, the English department was established in 2017 G.C. as per the Higher Education Proclamation 650/2009 article 11 and started to accept undergraduate students. The department has graduated three batches until July 2019. To fulfill the vision of the university, the English department incorporated all academic ranks, from graduate assistants up to full lecturers. The department is performing teaching effectively for academic staff as determined by evaluations of the staff members, students, colleagues, and the academic unit head or the staff’s immediate supervisor at the end of each semester or academic year. The department is doing well by performing the activities provided by the university in both the regular and weekend programs.

Department Head’s Contact:
Head Name: Bialfew Gize

Email: bialfew78@gmail.com

Phone No: +251927340339


2.Department of Psychology Department
The Psychology Department is one of the departments in the Faculty of Social Science and Humanities at Gambella University that was established in 2018. The department has started to prepare an academic and technical support staff development plan based on higher education staff development and enrollment plans, existing staff profiles and loads, existing programs, future expansion, and student staff ratios at the university. In addition, the department possesses all academic ranks, from graduate assistants up to full lecturers. Until then, the English department has graduated four batches of students from the University of Gambella. The department is performing teaching effectively for academic staff as determined by evaluations of the staff members, students, colleagues, and the academic unit head or the staff’s immediate supervisor at the end of each semester or academic year. The department is doing well by performing the activities provided by the university in both the regular and weekend programs.

Department Head’s Contact:

Head’s Name : Jeep Riek                                                                                                                                      
Email : riekson@gmail.com 

Phone : +251917938269


3.Department of Gender and Development Department
Gender and Development is a department under Faculty of Social Science and Humanities established in 2016 G.C. The department is now performing well in the University by endowing teaching and learning activities that promotes gender-based issues in Gambella University. The department is performing teaching effectively for Academic Staff as determined by evaluations of the staff members, students, colleagues and the academic unit head or the staffs immediate supervisor at the end of each semester or academic year. The department is going well by performing the activities provided by the University in both the regular and weekend programs.

Department Head’s Contact:

Head’s Name : Abebe Baro                                                                                                                                      
Email : baroabebe@gmail.com 

Phone No :


4.Department of Sociology and Social Work
The sociology and social work departments at Gambella University were established as per the Education Minister’s proclamation in 2016 G.C. The department is performing teaching and learning effectively for academic staff as determined by evaluations of the staff members, students, colleagues, and the academic unit head or the staff’s immediate supervisor at the end of each semester or academic year. The department is doing well by performing the activities provided by the university in both the regular and weekend programs.

Department Head’s Contact:

Head’s Name : Anter Marco
Email : antermarco@gmail.com
Phone : +251912228086


5.Department of Social Anthropology Department
Established in 2022GC, the Department of Social Anthropology  aims to understand human societies through ethnographic fieldwork, interdisciplinary connections, and fostering an innovative perspective. It studies various societies, cultures, and kinship bonds to gain insights into what it means to be human. The department also encourages students to explore new technologies and digital culture to deepen their understanding of social, cultural, and political phenomena.

Department Head’s Contact:

Head’s Name: Lange Nyala
Email: langenyala@gmail.com
Phone : +251935710450


6.Department of Civics and Ethical studies
The Department of Civics and Ethical Studies at Gambella University was also established in 2022 with the aim of fostering informed and responsible citizens through quality education and research. The curriculum covers topics like moral philosophy, political philosophy, international organizations, human rights, governance and democracy, and philosophy. The department equips students with critical thinking skills, ethical awareness, and societal understanding, promoting responsible citizenship and active participation in democratic processes.

Department Head’s Contact:

Head’s Name : Zelalem Befikadu
Email Address :                                                                                                                                

Phone No : +251979737739                                                                                                  


7.Department of Geography and environmental studies
The Department of Geography and Environmental Studies at Gambella University is dedicated to interdisciplinary exploration, focusing on spatial patterns in natural and built environments. It offers courses in Human Geography, Physical Geography, Techniques, and Integrative, preparing students for careers by exploring the relationships between people, places, and the environment. The department also actively engages in research and community impact to promote resilience and sustainability.

Department Head’s Contact:
Head’s Name : Both Wiywal
Email Address :
Phone No : +251944200110


8.Department of Departments of Special Need and Inclusiveness
Departments of Special Needs and Inclusiveness are crucial in educational settings, focusing on creating an inclusive learning environment for all students, including those with disabilities or additional needs. They aim to ensure every learner achieves their full potential and fosters integration within society. They collaborate with stakeholders, such as educators and international organizations, to enhance the quality of education for students with special needs.
Department Head’s Contact:
Head’s Name : Latjor Kolong (Delegate)
Email Address : latjorkolang@gmail.com 
Phone No : +251910541214


9.Department of EducationAL Planning and Management
The Department of Educational Planning and Management (EDPM) at Gambella University is a crucial department within the Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities at Gambella University, focusing on producing qualified educational leaders and managers for various sectors. The department offers undergraduate degrees in educational leadership and school leadership.
Department Head’s Contact:
Head’s Name : Seid Kalilo
Email Address : seidkelilo@gmail.com
Phone No : +251917833922


10.Department of History and Heritage Coordination Unit
The Department of History at Gambella University trains researchers to tackle societal problems using history’s potential, producing skilled professionals for political, economic, social, and cultural research in Ethiopia. Currently, it is the only department under FSSH that does not have its own student. The coordination unit offers common courses for social fresh men and the natural stream in different years.

Department Head’s Contact:
Head’s Name : Wichduel Keat
Email Address : wichduelk@gmail.com
Phone No : +251924379144

FACULTY LEVEL STAFF PROFILE

SNoEducational LevelTotal
1Professor –
2Associate Professor –
3PhD4
4Mater Degree –
5Bachelors Degree60
Total64

DEAN’S CONTACT ADDRESS

Dean’s Name : Nardos Hawaz (PhD)
Email Address : narir@gmu.edu.et
Phone No :

Vice Dean’s Name: Likie Yizengaw
Email :
Phone No : +251968744639