Grace Sokoya is a Professor (Gender & Family Studies) at the Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta (FUNAAB) and Professor of Nursing at the University of Jos, Nigeria. She is currently the Director of Students Industrial Work Experience Scheme (SIWES) at the Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta (FUNAAB). As a FUNAAB professor, her primary responsibilities include Teaching, Research and Extension.
She started her professional career from the lowest rungs of the ladder as a student Nurse in 1977, a Registered Nurse (RN) in 1980 and a Registered Nurse Educator (RNT) in 1984. She rose to the position of Assistant Chief Nurse Educator with the Ogun State Ministry of Health, before transferring her 18-year career service to the Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta (FUNAAB) in December 1995. She is the Pioneer Programme Leader for the Gender Issues and Youth Development (GIYD) Programme of the Agricultural Media Resources and Extension Centre (AMREC) of FUNAAB, a position she successfully held from December, 1995 to October, 2013.
She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Nursing Education from University of Ibadan Nigeria, 2 Master’s and 2 Ph. D degrees. Her first Master’s degree is in Educational Planning and Policy from University of Ibadan; while the second is in Nursing, from the University of KwaZulu-Natal, Durban, South Africa. Her first doctoral degree is in Institutional Administration, from University of Ibadan, Nigeria (January 1990); while her second Ph. D is in Gender and Family Studies, from the University of Natal, Durban South Africa (December 2003).
She is a Professional Nurse and Gender Expert with 36 years of cumulative professional working experience with women and rural families, drawing from and contributing to bodies of knowledge in Nursing, Gender-based researches, Community Health, Management issues in Agricultural Extension and Family Studies. Her Inter-disciplinary researches focus the influence of mind-set (health, psychological well-being and self-reliance) and social interaction (gender and marital relations) on individual and household quality of life and productivity.
She has delivered several Key-note Addresses, Guest Lectures at Professional Continuing Education programmes and academic papers at professional conferences. She has published two textbooks and numerous articles in learned academic journals, across disciplines. She is a member of the Nigerian Institute of Management (MNIM), and Fellow of the prestigious West African College of Nursing (FWACN).