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Toboulayefa D. Houessou-Adin, Ph.D.

Toboulayefa Houessou-Adin


Ph.D., Temple University
M.A., Ohio University
B.A., College of Wooster

Subject Areas: Humanities

Dr. Tobo Houessou-Adin, popularly known as Dr. Tobo, is a Professor at Peirce College. She has been a full-time faculty member at Peirce College since August 15, 1994.

Prior to coming to Peirce College, Dr. Tobo has extensively traveled around the world including various countries in Africa and Europe. Her interaction with groups of people from various backgrounds has enabled her to work well with students and staff from different cultural, political, social, economic and religious walks of life.

When Dr. Tobo arrived at Peirce College in 1994, there were no African-American Studies courses. Therefore, the then-Black Studies Union student body successfully petitioned to offer courses in this field. She made history at Peirce College by being the first Professor to create and teach African-American Studies courses: "African Civilizations," "African American Literature" and "Introduction to the African American Experience." As the creator of these courses, she has been responsible for developing, updating and selecting the materials for each course.

Due to her incredible service to the students and staff at Peirce College, Dr. Tobo has been recognized in several ways: she was the recipient of the Hamilton Award in 2001; she was a finalist of the Annual Distinguished S.T.A.R. (Service to Achieve Results) Awards; she received recognition from Council of the City of Philadelphia; and she has been honored twice as the Grand Marshal at Peirce College graduation.

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