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Terrance Kwame-Ross Appointed Augsburg University’s Sabo Professor

Terrance Kwame-Ross smiles at the camera in Lindell Library at Augsburg University. He is a Black man wearing a gray turtleneck and black-framed glasses.Terrance Kwame-Ross has been named the Martin Olav Sabo Endowed Chair in Public Service and Citizenship at Augsburg University, effective June 1, 2024.

“The Sabo professorship recognizes a distinguished academic and citizen whose work at Augsburg University exemplifies the university’s commitment to education for democracy,” said President Paul Pribbenow. “I can think of no member of the Augsburg community who embodies this commitment more deeply and holistically than Terrance Kwame-Ross.”

Kwame-Ross is an associate professor of education whose scholarship, service, and teaching practice focus on how individuals and human groups grow, develop, and change over time. At Augsburg, he teaches critical histories and philosophies of education, school and society, decolonizing social studies methods, experiential learning, and learning and development courses.

“Professor Kwame-Ross’ impressive record of public scholarship, community leadership, and exceptional teaching embodies Martin Sabo’s commitment to education as the path to an inclusive democracy. This appointment affirms his leadership role in advancing this work at Augsburg with and for our students,” said Paula O’Loughlin, provost and senior vice president for academic and student affairs.

With over 30 years of experience in schools, community, and treatment settings, Kwame-Ross brings an interrogative, interdisciplinary, integrative, and intersectional pedagogical approach to teaching and learning across school, society, family, and church for “whole-beingness.” He holds an youth development leadership and a Ph.D. in work, community, and family education, both from the University of Minnesota.

Generous alumni and friends of Augsburg established the endowed chair in 2007 to honor the civic legacy of Congressman Martin Olav Sabo ’59. With this appointment, Kwame-Ross succeeds Garry Hesser, Augsburg’s first Sabo professor.