Comfort O Okpala


North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University
Proctor Hall 110
EDDEducational Leadership / Fayetteville State University
MBABusiness Administration / Governors State University
B.S.Business Administration Accounting / Roosevelt University


Dr. Comfort Okpala is a professor and Chair for the Department of Leadership Studies and Adult Education, College of Education at North Carolina A & T State University. She received her doctorate degree in educational leadership with a minor in research from Fayetteville State University, May of 1998. She received her master’s in business administration with a minor in management in 1982 from Governor’s State University. She received her bachelor’s degree in accounting from Roosevelt University in 1981. Her teaching interest includes Qualitative Research, Quantitative Research, Higher Education Finance, and Leadership Theory.

Research Interests

Dr. Okpala's research agenda is grounded in leadership studies, policy, social justice, and resource equity. Dr. Okpala has a variety of publications in top tier refereed journals. Dr. Okpala’s published articles have received over seven hundred (700) citations by national and international scholars and researchers according to Google Scholar.

Recent Publications

  • Margaret Kanipes-Spinks, Goldie Byrd, Kelly Mack, Comfort Okpala (2019). (Tone Begins at the Top: Broadening Participation in STEM Higher Education). (1/2) 21, pp. 3-4 ). Peer Review.
  • Comfort Okpala, Cam Caldwell (2019). (Humility, forgiveness, and love: The heart of ethical leadership). (2) 12, pp. 10-15 ). Journal of Value-Based Leadership.
  • Comfort Okpala, Kimberly Walker, Comfort Okpala, Kimberly Walker (2018). (Improving the viability and perceptions of HBCUs). In Okpala and Walker, ).
  • Comfort Okpala, Kimberly Walker, Kimberly Walker, Comfort Okpala (2018). (An exemplary leader in higher). In Okpala and Walker, (Improving the viability and perceptions of HBCUs) pp. 1-9 ).
  • Nadielka Bishop, Comfort Okpala, Cecil Campbell, , , Nadielka Bishop, Comfort Okpala, Cecil Campbell (2017). (Staying in focus: Research self-efficacy and mentoring amon HBCU professional doctorates). In Boykin, Hilton, & Palmer, (Chapter in a book) pp. Chapter 6 ). RouthledgeChapter 6.
  • Amon Okpala, Comfort Okpala, Amon Okpala, Comfort Okpala (2017). (Index of economic freedom, religion, and female literacy in sub-Saharan Africa). (4) 3, pp. 33-36 ). The Journal of Social Sciences Research.
  • Comfort Okpala, Boston, Lewis, Comfort Okpala, Boston (2017). (How are we developing student leaders? A qualitative examination of peer-to-peer program at a historically Black university.). (No) (4) 4, pp. 50-55 ). Journal of Education and Social Policy.
  • LaShanda Hague, Comfort Okpala, , LaShanda Hague, Comfort Okpala (2017). (Voices of African American women leaders on factors that impact their career advancement in North Carolina community colleges). (No) (3) 2, pp. 1-9 ). Journal of Research Initiative.
  • Kimberly Young-Walker, Comfort Okpala, Kimberly Young-Walker (2017). (Exploring community college students' transfer experiences and perceptions and what they believe administration can do to improve their experiences). (No) (1) 65, pp. 35-44 ). The Journal of Continuing Higher Education.
  • Comfort Okpala, Okpala Amon, Comfort Okpala, Okpala Amon (2017). (Factors that impact health career decisions of second generation Nigerian students). (11) 8, pp. 4-10 ). International Journal of Business and Social Science.
  • Dalton Dockery, Comfort Okpala, Comfort Okpala, Dalton Dockery (2016). (The experiences of African-American males in academic leadership positions at public predominantly White institutions in North Carolina). (No) (2) 2, pp. 1-6 ). Journal of Research Initiative.
  • Comfort Okpala, Evelyn Leathers, , Evelyn Leathers, Comfort Okpala (2016). (In their own words: Exploring the leadership experiences and challenges faced by African American women scholars in higher education). (Written in Her own Voice: Auto-ethno-edu Biographies of Women in (Higher) Education. Volume I) 1, ). Peter Lang.
  • Kimberly Jones-Goods, Comfort Okpala, Kimberly Jones-Goods, Comfort Okpala (2015). (Stakeholders' perception of culturally responsive leadership in a K-12 public charter school in North Carolina.). In Dr. Linda Wilson-Jones, (No.) (3) 1, pp. 1-11 ). Journal of Research Initiatives.
  • Kimberly Jones-Goods, Comfort Okpala, Kimberly Jones-Goods, Comfort Okpala (2015). (Stakeholders’ Perceptions of Culturally Responsive Leadership in a K-12 Public Charter School). (3) 1, pp. 3 ). Journal of Research Initiatives.
  • Ioney James, Comfort Okpala, Ioney James, Comfort Okpala (2015). (The Educational Implications of a trans-global service learning project in Jamaica: A Qualitatie Analysis). (No) (9) 2, pp. 7 ). Journal of Education and Social Science.
  • Amos Okpala, Comfort Okpala, Amos Okpala, Comfort Okpala (2014). (The role of school life expectancy and urbanization on adult literacy rates in Sub-Saharan Africa). (2) 13, pp. 329-342 ). International Business and Economics Research Journal .
  • Comfort Okpala, Amon Okpala, Comfort Okpala, Amon Okpala (2014). (Cooperative learning structures: Catalyst for effective learning for adult learners in higher education). (4) 7, pp. 53-61 ). Contemporary Issues in Education Research .
  • Comfort Okpala, Amon Okpala, Amon Okpala, Comfort Okpala (2013). (A phenomenological study of African-born professors in higher education: A focus on historically Black colleges and universities). In Uwakweh, Rotich & Okpala, (Engaging the diaspora: Migration and African families) pp. 105-114 ). Lexington Books Publishers.
  • Comfort Okpala, Linda Hopson, Comfort Okpala, Linda Hopson (2013). (Mentoring and socialization experiences of faculty in higher education). (1) 1, pp. 59-63 ). Journal of Urban Education: Focus on Enrichment.
  • Abul Pitre, Comfort Okpala, Abul Pitre, Comfort Okpala (2013). (The African experience and critical leadership studies Book Seires). ). Lexington Books Publishers.