Comfort O. Okpala


DepartmentLeadership Studies and Adult Education


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1601 East Market Street
Greensboro, NC 27411

Comfort O. Okpala


EDD: Educational Leadership, Fayetteville State University, 1998

MBA: Business Administration, Governors State University, 1982

BS: Business Administration Accounting, Roosevelt University, 1981

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

Okpala,  Comfort  Caldwell,  Cam  ( 2019).  Humility, forgiveness, and love: The heart of ethical leadership.  ( 2,  12,  pp. 10-15).   Journal of Value-Based Leadership.

Okpala,  Comfort  Walker,  Kimberly  ( 2018).  An exemplary leader in higher.  In Okpala and Walker,  Improving the viability and perceptions of HBCUs 

Okpala,  Comfort  Walker,  Kimberly  ( 2018).  Improving the viability and perceptions of HBCUs.  In Okpala and Walker 

Okpala,  Comfort  Amon,  Okpala  ( 2017).  Factors that impact health career decisions of second generation Nigerian students.  ( 11,  8,  pp. 4-10).   International Journal of Business and Social Science.

Okpala,  Comfort  ( 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.

Bishop,  Nadielka  Okpala,  Comfort  Campbell,  Cecil  ( 2017).  Staying in focus: Research self-efficacy and mentoring amon HBCU professional doctorates.  In Boykin, Hilton, & Palmer,  Chapter in a book    RouthledgeChapter 6.

Okpala,  Amon  Okpala,  Comfort  ( 2017).  Index of economic freedom, religion, and female literacy in sub-Saharan Africa.  ( 4,  3,  pp. 33-36).   The Journal of Social Sciences Research.

Hague,  LaShanda  Okpala,  Comfort  ( 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.

Young-Walker,  Kimberly  Okpala,  Comfort  ( 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.

Dockery,  Dalton  Okpala,  Comfort  ( 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.

Okpala,  Comfort  Leathers,  Evelyn  ( 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.

Jones-Goods,  Kimberly  Okpala,  Comfort  ( 2015).  Stakeholders’ Perceptions of Culturally Responsive Leadership in a K-12 Public Charter School.  ( 3,  1,  pp. 3).   Journal of Research Initiatives.

James,  Ioney  Okpala,  Comfort  ( 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.

Jones-Goods,  Kimberly  Okpala,  Comfort  ( 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.

Okpala,  Comfort  Okpala,  Amon  ( 2014).  Cooperative learning structures: Catalyst for effective learning for adult learners in higher education.  ( 4,  7,  pp. 53-61).   Contemporary Issues in Education Research .

Okpala,  Amos  Okpala,  Comfort  ( 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 .