Alice J. Ajanga has been appointed assistant professor of human sciences for the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff.

She will teach courses in human development and family studies, focusing on areas such as child development, parenting education and administration and supervision of childcare centers, according to a news release.

Ajanga has a doctorate degree in child development and special education and a master’s degree with a concentration in emotional and behavioral disorders from the Texas Woman’s University in Denton, Texas. She earned a bachelor’s degree in early childhood education, communication science disorders and special education from Abilene Christian University in Abilene, Texas, and an associate degree from the Shanzu Teachers College in Mombasa, Kenya.

According to the release, Ajanga will advise students and supervise their internships, serve on committees and participate in community outreach activities. She will also be responsible for conducting research and presenting it to the public, as well as securing financial support for the Department of Human Sciences through grant opportunities.

“Dr. Ajanga brings a range of experience in child development to department,” Brenda Martin, chairwoman of the Department of Human Sciences, said. “Her knowledge will be useful in creating research projects that will benefit the community.”

Previously, Ajanga was an assistant professor of early childhood/special education at Wiley College at Marshall, Texas. From 2011 to 2012, she worked as an assistant professor at Niagara University in Lewiston, New York.

Ajanga has authored and co-authored several articles on children’s health and education advocacy for peer-reviewed journals. In 2011, she published a book entitled “Teacher’s perception, beliefs, and self-efficacy about parental engagement and school-family partnerships in Kenya.”

In 2002, she received the Merit Scholarship from the Office of the President of Kenya for her work at the Moi Education Center, a premier primary school in Nairobi, Kenya.