Awards and Honors


  • National Role Model Faculty Award, Minority Access Inc. (2018)

  • Expert Academic Reviewer and Panelist: Institute of International Education and the National Security Agency. Washington, D.C. 2016 and 2017

  • Alumni of Distinction Award, SUNY Oneonta, 2016

  • Carnegie Diaspora Fellowship/Scholar - University of Ghana, Legon, Ghana, 2015

  • Distinguished Scholar-in-Residence for Climate and Diversity Day, University of Wisconsin-Madison, April 7-9, 2010.

  • Outstanding Teaching in Political Science, The American Political Science  Association and the National Political Science Honor Society (Pi Sigma Alpha), August 29, 2008

  • SUNY Distinguished Teaching Professor, 2007

  • Madison Who’s Who of Professionals, 2006

  • Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers 2004 and 2005

  • Excellence in Teaching Award, SUNY Cortland, May 2002

  • Dr. Rozanne Brooks Award for Teaching Excellence and Dedication, SUNY Cortland, May 1999

  • Outstanding Teaching Faculty Award, Student Government Association, SUNY  Cortland. May 1998

  • Phi Kappa Phi, National Honor Society Inductee, SUNY-Cortland, 1998.

  • Outstanding Teaching Faculty Award, Educational Opportunity Program, SUNY‑Cortland, 1993




  • The Professor Ali A. Mazuri Outstanding Publication/Book and Educational Activities Award, New York Africana Studies Association (NYASA), April 2014

  • NYASA Book Award 2013 (Honorable Mention) Osha, S. & Asumah, S. N. (Guest Foreword). Postethnophilosophy, The Netherlands, VIBS-Rodopi.

  • Appointed by the University Nis, Serbia and Montenegro, to the Editorial Board of Facta Universitatis: A Journal of Philosophy, Sociology and Psychology. June 2005.

  • Appointed by the Chancellor of the State University of New York and served a three-year term on the Editorial Board of the State University of New York Press, 2002-2005.


  • Steven J. Barnes Outstanding Faculty Award, SUNY Cortland (2016)

  • Outstanding Achievement in Service Award, SUNY Cortland, May 2014

  • Outstanding Faculty Award, Black Students Union (CSA) SUNY Cortland, February 2014

  • Outstanding Faculty Advisor Award, Black Student Union, SUNY Cortland, 2013.

  • Special Appreciation Award, Educational Opportunity Program, SUNY Cortland, 2013. 

  • Outstanding Service Award, New York Africana Studies Association (NYASA) and Pennsylvania State University African and African American Studies Department. University Park, Pennsylvania, February 24-25, 2012.

  • Most Esteemed Faculty Award, Black Student Union, 2008

  • Excellence in Service to ALANA Students and Faculty Award,”  SUNY Cortland, May, 2002.

  • President's Award for Leadership and Community Service – State University of New York at Oneonta, 1982. 


  • Appointed by the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) and the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA)  to officiate eight Final Four men and women college soccer matches: 1994,  1995, 1998, 2000, 2002, 2005, 2011, 2012.

  • Represented the United States as an official in six International Soccer matches: 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, and 2001.

  • Outstanding Officiating Award for New York State Interscholastic Soccer Championship, 1990.



  • Outstanding Speaker’s Award,  King’s Conference, BSU, SUNY-Cortland, 2002.

  • Phi Beta Delta International Honor Society, 2006. 

  • Outstanding Young Men of America Selection, 1987.       

  • Outstanding Achievement Award” ‑ Residential Services, Lehigh University. 1983-1987.

  • Elected to Who's Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges, 1986.


Minority Access, Inc. Award
Minority Access, Inc. Award

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Pres. Minority Access and Dr. Asumah
Pres. Minority Access and Dr. Asumah

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Presenting Award - Pres.Dr. Russell
Presenting Award - Pres.Dr. Russell

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Minority Access, Inc. Award
Minority Access, Inc. Award

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