Duquesne University School of Law

Professors Beru and Junker receive Loogman faculty research grants

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Duquesne University this month announced Tsegaye Beru and Dr. Kirk Junker of the School of Law as two of the four recipients of the Center for African Studies' 2016-2017 Rev. Alphons Loogman, C.S.Sp., Faculty Research Grants.

Now in its third year, the Loogman grants support scholarly research that reflects the University's strategic commitment to a closer relationship with the nations and peoples of Africa.

Beru (shown here), associate director of faculty research and outreach services for the Duquesne Center for Legal Information, and Junker, international programs coordinator, were selected for their proposal Ethiopian Constitutional and Customary Law Research. The duo intend to support the educational needs of two Ethiopian law schools-Addis Ababa University and Mekelle University-by promoting a faculty and student exchange program, and providing print and digital materials to their law libraries.

Junker, who is also director of the University of Cologne's International Master of Environmental Science Program, also will work to help establish an environmental and natural resource law network between Duquesne University and Mekelle University.

Other competition winners include Dr. Rachel Ayieko, assistant professor in mathematics education, and Dr. Gibbs Kanyongo, associate professor of educational statistics, who won for their proposal The Influence of Teacher Quality on Sixth Grade Students' Mathematics Competency. This study will highlight the differences between teacher quality and students' mathematics competency levels in Sub-Saharan Africa and provide information for future policy and practice. Ayieko and Kanyongo hope to support select teachers from a region with high needs to improve foundational mathematics learning-something they feel is essential for future success in critical thinking and mathematics-related careers in the 21st century.

The Loogman research grant is named in honor of a former Duquesne professor of Swahili who helped establish the University as a noted center of African study during his tenure.

Faculty Referenced In Article

Tsegaye Beru, J.D.Associate Director for Faculty Research and Outreach Services, Center for Legal Information and Allegheny County Law Library, and Adjunct Professor
Kirk Junker, J.D., Ph.D.International Programs Coordinator