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Two Faculty Members promoted to Full Professor

Jimma University Board of Governors at its 50th regular meeting held on November 05, 2018 has approved the promotion of Dr. Kitessa Hundera and Dr. Argaw Ambelu to full professorship. Before the approval, a review process and decision has been made by the respective departments and colleges of the applicants and by the University Senate.

1. Dr. Kitessa Hundera, Professor of  Forest Ecology and Management

Dr Kitessa Hundera was born in Gidda Ayana, East Wollega in 1966 and completed secondary education at Gida secondary school. He graduated from Addis Ababa University, faculty of science with BSc in biology 1987 and MSc in Botanical sciences in 2003. He obtained PhD from Catholic University of Leuven (KUL), Belgium. 

He served as secondary school biology teacher at different schools under the ministry of education until he joined Jimma University, Department of biology as a lecturer in 2003. Besides teaching at both undergraduate and graduate programs in the department and other related departments, he has been conducting research on the ecology and management of Afromontane moist forests. 

He published more than 30 peer reviewed articles in reputable national and international journals ( and presented his research findings in national and international forums.

His major area of research interest is the conservation and management of the Southwest Ethiopian Afromontane coffee forests, Epiphyte Orchids ecology, and Agroforestry.

In addition he advised more than 15 MSc students as a major or co-advisor from the departments of Biology and Natural Resources Management.

He also served as assistant registrar of Jimma University for three years and now working as a Director of Community Based Education (CBE).  Read more

2. Dr. Argaw Ambelu Professor of Environmental Health and Ecology

Dr. Argaw Ambelu has served Jimma Uniersity with more than 15 years of service in teaching, research, coordination and services in the area of Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WaSH). Dr. Argaw possessed  different academic qualifications; Diploma in Sanitary Science from Gondar College of Medical Sciences (Addis Ababa University), BSc in Environmental Health from Jimma Institute of Health Sciences, MSc and PhD from Ghent University (Belgium). After obtaining his terminal degree, he has drafted curricula and facilitated to start Doctoral Training Program in the Field of Environmental Health and Applied Ecology at Jimma University. Dr. Argaw runs different projects sponsored by local and international funders in WaSH, Resilience Measurement and Biodiversity. He is providing professional services to his home institution, Jimma town and other federal offices. 

Dr. Argaw has authored and co-authored more than 85 research papers in international peer reviewed journals. He advised a number of MSc students and currently advising 11 doctoral students at Jimma and Addis Ababa Universities. His research and service interest is mainly on the improvement of WaSH and Innovation, Environmental Protection, and Resilience Measurement. List of publications can be accessed in the following link. 

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