M Sc was in International Relations University of Port Harcourt, Nigeria.
Ada's research focuses on improving retention outcomes for underrepresented students. Her work in teaching and advising a diverse population of students has encouraged her to research innovative strategies to improve student achievement and performance overall.
Improving Student Engagement in the Freshman Class, American Education Leadership in a Globalized World, and Efficiency in Education Funding. I also have an interest in looking at the lack of diversity in the STEM fields and looking at the use of curricular and co-curricular activities to improve the retention of at risk students.
"The Retention of First Generation College Students in STEM: Revision and Analysis of Tinto's Longitudinal Model." Quantitative Model: Multilevel Cross Classified Analysis. Qualitative model: Survey and in-depth interview data.
Introduction to Comparative Politics
Introduction to Sociology
Introduction to Public Policy
Recipient of a $20,000 dissertation fellowship Award from American Educational Research Association (AERA)
Chosen for the UNCC Summer Teaching Program for Doctoral Students
Uche, A & Avellaneda, C (2014) Analysis of Performance and Leadership: The Case of Nigerian Local Governments. (in review)
Uche, A (2013) Becoming a World Class Institution: A Strategic Plan for Nigerian Universities. (in review)
North Carolina Political Science Association (NCPSA) Conference: Feb, 2012
"Mayoral Quality and Leadership: The Case of Nigerian Local Governments"
South Eastern Conference of Public Administration (SECoPA) Sept 2013
"The Role of Trust in the Public Perception of Scientific Research"
North Carolina Political Science Association (NCPSA) 2014
Midwest Political Science Association (MPSA) 2014
Southwest Sociological Society (SSS) 2014
"Retention of First Generation College Students: A Mixed Methods Analysis"