Abiodun Goke-Pariola

Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs; Professor of English


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G-P obtained his B.A. in English (with a German minor) from the University of Ife, Nigeria, and his doctorate in English language and literature from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor.

He has 41 years of teaching and administrative experience at universities in Nigeria and the United States. His prior experience includes serving as provost and VPAA and professor of English at Queens University of Charlotte, NC; provost and VPAA and professor of English at Otterbein University in Ohio; dean of the Evans School of Humanities and Social Sciences and professor of English at Berry College in Rome, GA; and assistant vice president for academic affairs and professor of English at Georgia Southern University. He has also worked at Illinois State University in Normal as American Council on Education (ACE) fellow and assistant to the president.

G-P has authored more than 30 scholarly articles and a book on the political sociology of language.

Selected Scholarship

Gòkè-Paríolá, A. and Smith-Paríolá, J. (2006). “Expanding the Parameters of Service-Learning: A Case Study.” Journal of Studies in International Education. Vol. 10, No. 1. : 71-86.

Gòkè-Paríolá, A. and J. Smith- Paríolá, (2005). “Maintaining Minority Languages in the Age of Globalization: Theoretical and Pragmatic Issues.” In Leonard R. N. Ashley and Wayne H. Finke (eds.), Language in the Era of Globalization. East Rockaway, NY: Cummings and Hathaway Publishers. 67-76.

Gòkè-Paríolá, A. and K. Dhir (2002a). “The Case for Language Policies in Multinational Corporations.” Corporate Communications: An International Journal. Vol. 7, No. 4. : 241-251.

Gòkè-Paríolá, A.  (2002). “Pierre Bourdieu: Language, Culture and Education.” Journal of Language and Social Psychology. Vol. 21, No. 2. (June 2002): 170-177. Review essay.

Gòkè-Paríolá, A.  (1996). “African American Vernacular English in Colonial and Postcolonial Perspectives: The Linguistic Paradox.” Journal of Commonwealth and Postcolonial Studies. Vol. 4, No. 1. (Fall 1996): 14-23.

Gòkè-Paríolá, A. (1993e). The Role of Language in the Struggle for Power and Legitimacy in Africa.  New York: Edwin Mellen. 212pp.

Gòkè-Paríolá, A. (1993d).  “Africa in the ‘New World Order’: Old Assumptions, Myths, and Reality.” Grand Valley Review. IX (fall 1993): 31-39.

Gòkè-Paríolá, A. (1993a).  “Language and Symbolic Power: Bourdieu and the Legacy of Euro-American Colonialism in an African Society.” Language and Communication. 13 (3): 219-234.

Gòkè-Paríolá, A. (1993). “The Construction of Madness in Yoruba as a Satirical Tool in Two Nigerian Plays.”  In J. Redmond (ed.), Themes in Drama 15: Madness in Drama. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. 271-279.

Gòkè-Paríolá, A. (1990). “‘When the Word Gets Lost’: African Literature and the American Academy.” Notes on Teaching English. Vol. XVII, No. 2: 3-12.

Gòkè-Paríolá, A. (1989). “Language and Social Identity: Slang as Social Metaphor in a Nigerian University.” Nigerian Journal of Sociolinguistics. Vol. 2, No.2: 17-33.

Gòkè-Paríolá, A. (1988). “Language Diversity and Bilingualism in a Mobile Nigerian Community.” Lagos Review of English Studies. Vol. X.: 1-9.

Gòkè-Paríolá, A. (1987a). “The Sociolinguistic Bases of Language Choice: the Case of Nigerian Languages and English in Urban Centres.” Ife Studies in English Language (ISEL). Vol.1, Nos. 1&2: 87-98.

Gòkè-Paríolá, A. (1987). “Language Transfer and the Nigerian Writer of English.” World Englishes. Vol. 6, No. 2: 127-136.

Gòkè-Paríolá, A. (1985). “The Political Content of Language Education in Nigeria.” ODU: A Journal of West African Studies. No. 27: 54-65.

Gòkè-Paríolá, A. (1984). “The Sociocultural Dimensions of English Language Pedagogy in Nigeria.” Lagos Review of English Studies. Vol. VI/VII: 97-111.

Gòkè-Paríolá, A. (1983a). “Code-Mixing Among Yoruba-English Bilinguals.” Anthropological Linguistics. Vol. 25, No. 1: 39-45.