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Diplomacy Professor Recognized for Advancing Academic Mission of University  

Pictured from left to right: Acting Dean Courtney Smith, Professor Fredline M'Cormack-Hale, Professor Martin Edwards, Professor Benjamin Goldfrank, Professor Assefaw Bariagaber, Professor Ann Marie Muprhyand Professor R. Joseph Huddleston

Pictured from left to right: Acting Dean Courtney Smith, Professor Fredline M'Cormack-Hale, Professor Martin Edwards, Professor Benjamin Goldfrank, Professor Assefaw Bariagaber, Professor Ann Marie Muprhyand Professor R. Joseph Huddleston

It's not every day that Seton Hall, in the words of University Libraries, expresses "grateful appreciation and high regard for members of the Seton Hall community who have served beyond measure with selfless dedication and high distinction." On Friday, September 13, Professor Assefaw Bariagaber, Ph.D. was awarded the Albert B. Hakim Faculty Service Medal for the influential service he has contributed to not only the School of Diplomacy, but Seton Hall University at large over the last twenty years. 

The medal bears the honored name of Albert B. Hakim to commemorate his exemplary and extraordinary sixty-two years of dedication and service to Seton Hall University as a professor, dean, colleague and friend. Seton Hall's Faculty Senate adds that this honor is specifically reserved for "a full-time South Orange faculty member for giving copiously of her or his time, energy, and personal gifts to advance the status and interests of the faculty and, thereby, the academic mission of the University." Bariagaber has been the embodiment of these attributes and qualifications ever since he joined the University community more than two decades ago.  

Bariagaber was one of the first full-time faculty members hired by the School of Diplomacy back in 1999, two years after the School's inception. As a founding member of the School, he served on Seton Hall's Faculty Senate for eight years, chaired Rank and Tenure committees for eight Diplomacy faculty members, led two dean's searches, served as founding Department Chair for six years, and has played key roles in expanding our ever-growing team of faculty, all while producing academic scholarship and teaching at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. 

Bariagaber's colleagues credit him for creating a practice of faculty governance within the School of Diplomacy that did not exist prior to 2006, and it now includes: written procedures for tenure and promotion, mentorship of new faculty members, faculty grievances, academic integrity, learning outcomes assessment, and annual reviews. 

"His good judgment, political sensitivity, and commitment to fairness made success possible by coupling support from the faculty with buy-in from the deans. Dr. Bariagaber led a school that's experienced tremendous growth, as we've moved from four full-time probationary faculty members to 16 faculty members at all ranks, and from one-degree program to multiple degree and certificate programs. Strong faculty relations have allowed faculty to move forward with initiatives to reshape the curriculum, establish academic centers, and engage in shared governance on a host of matters. Credit for this goes to Dr. Bariagaber."

Beyond his efforts to encourage the further development of the School of Diplomacy, he has advanced the field through his work as President of the Association of Third World Studies, organizing the New York African Studies Association meeting at Seton Hall, serving as the Secretary of the Eritrean Studies Association and as the Associate Editor of the Eritrean Studies Review. 

In addition, Bariagaber is the editor of the book International Migration and Development in Eastern and Southern Africa (OSSREA 2014) and has published a variety of articles for refereed journals. Those journals include the Journal of Modern African Studies, Ethnic and Racial Studies, International Migration and Africa Today, and he has written papers and book chapters for the International Organization for Migration (IOM), the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), and the UN Association of the United States.

Whether he is producing new books on conflict and refugee movements in Africa, like his award-winning publication, Conflict and the Refugee Experience: Flight, Exile, and Repatriation in the Horn of Africa, or he is supporting fellow faculty on their academic journeys, Professor Bariagaber continues to be a leader within the School of Diplomacy and the Seton Hall community that is most worthy of recognition and celebration.

Learn more about Professor Bariagaber, the 2019 Albert B. Hakim Faculty Service Medal recipient, by visiting his faculty profile here.

Categories: Nation and World

For more information, please contact:

  • Assefaw Bariagaber
  • (973) 275-2877
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