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Abubakar Idris

Abubakar  Idris
  • Academic Advisor
  • Staff
  • Case Hall Room S328B
  • 842 Chestnut Rd
  • East Lansing, MI 48825
  • 517-898-7527


B.A., English Education, Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, Nigeria

M.S. and Ph.D., Educational Administration, Michigan State University

Abubakar Idris received his bachelor’s degree in English Education from Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, Nigeria. He is an alumnus of the Fulbright Scholars Program, serving as a Hausa language instructor at Michigan State University.

After completing his Fulbright scholarship, Dr. Idris began his graduate studies in the College of Education at Michigan State University, where he earned his Master’s and Ph.D. in the Educational Administration program. His dissertation "Rural Migrant Hausa Girls, A Community Faith-Based School and Environmental Change in Northwest Nigeria" examines how rural community-based faith schools recognized the existence of indigenous cultural and social capitals that are often undervalued in the school settings and how these forms of practices impact underprivileged families in Northern Nigeria. While completing his doctoral program, he continued teaching Hausa language and culture to undergraduate and graduate students at MSU and the University of Florida African Flagship Languages Initiative (AFLI) summer domestic program. 

During his graduate studies at MSU, Dr. Idris also served as an assistant community director in Residence Education and Housing Services, where he supervised and trained resident assistants in the planning and implementation of activities to help students adjust, adapt and succeed at MSU. He also worked as an admission recruitment assistant for the Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program at MSU while working as a graduate research assistant in the College of Education Office of International Studies in Education (OISE), where he supported international students, visiting scholars and the Global Curriculum Fellowship initiative, a college-wide project designed to internationalize the curriculum in order to integrate global perspectives and experiences across the programs.

Recently, Dr. Idris served as the assistant director of the Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program International Accelerated Degree Program in partnership with Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology and Ashesi University at Arizona State University. As a passionate international educator and student affairs professional, Dr. Idris is very excited to join James Madison College as an academic advisor to support students' academic success.