Sylvester Osagie

Sylvester Osagie

Director, Water-Energy-Food Nexus (West Africa)

410 Boucke Building
University Park, Pa. 16802

Office Phone: (814) 574-0364

Curriculum Vitae

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  1. Ph. D., Cornell University School of Industrial and Labor Relations, Organizational Behavior


Sylvester Osagie is the Director of Water, Energy, and Food Nexus (West Africa) and the University Faculty Fulbright Adviser in Global Programs at Penn State. As Director, he is to identify potential partners for the initiative and coordinate with other colleagues Penn State’s effort to establish a Water-Energy-Food Systems Center in West Africa.

He was until recently, the Director of Campus Engagement at Penn State for four years. As Director of Campus Engagement, Dr. Osagie—in conjunction with the Office of the Vice President for Commonwealth Campuses—worked with the leadership of 20 of Penn State’s 24 campuses to develop strategies for international engagement. 

Osagie has been a faculty member at Penn State since 1993; he was a professor of Management and Labor and Employment Relations at Penn State Altoona for 15 years before joining Global Programs as the Faculty Engagement Coordinator.  Prior to that, Dr. Osagie was a member of Harrison M. Trice’s Research Group at Cornell University that pioneered Employee Assistance programming throughout the country and specifically trained Employee Assistance Practitioners throughout the state of New York. His research interests include emotionally troubled workers in organizations, the study of how occupations and professions emerge, business ethics, and environmental management. He has also published in these areas.

He is a member of the American Sociological Association, American Academy of Management, and the Collegium for African American Research. He recently joined the Policy Advisory Committee of the Association of International Education Administrators.  Dr. Osagie obtained his bachelor’s degree in sociology and his master’s degree in medical sociology and social psychiatry from the University of Ibadan, Nigeria. He also received master’s and doctorate degrees in organizational behavior from Cornell University.