Partnerships for Sustainable Community Development
427 N. Shaw Lane
East Lansing MI 48824-1035
Biography: Dr. John Bonnell works in Michigan State University’s (MSU) International Center as the Associate Director and Research Coordinator of the Tanzania Partnership Program, a collaborative alliance of local and international organizations dedicated to improving local livelihoods and promoting community resiliency in Tanzania. John also serves as Director of the Academy for Global Engagement in the Center for Global Connections and Co-PI of the Innovation Scholars Program (in Malawi) through the Global Center for Food Systems Innovation. In each of these roles John works with academic staff at MSU and at partner universities, particularly in Africa, to design and implement research and capacity development programs that improve the well-being of individuals, institutions, communities, and systems. Dr. Bonnell is a practitioner and scholar of international higher education. His research and praxis include the role of higher education in developing countries, educational and workforce development systems, faculty development, organizational transformation, and international academic partnerships. He has conducted educational research and development projects in Kenya, Tanzania, South Africa, Rwanda, Ethiopia, Uganda, and Ghana. Prior to joining MSU, Dr. Bonnell served as a faculty member and head of department at a private university in Kenya. Dr. Bonnell holds a PhD from MSU in Higher, Adult, and Lifelong Education, with specializations in African Studies and International Development.