Department Chair, Professor
Office: (269) 387-3415
3244 Wood Hall, Mail Stop 5424
Department of Geography
Western Michigan University
1903 W Michigan Ave
Kalamazoo MI 49008-5424 USA
Ph.D., Geography, Simon Fraser University, 1990
M.A., Higher Ed. Administration, University of Exeter, 1984
M.S., Regional Planning, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, 1980
B.A., Geography with Statistics, University of Ghana, 1977
Benjamin Ofori-Amoah was born and raised in Ghana. He started his professional career as an elementary school teacher. He then taught high school geography and later became assistant registrar at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, in Kumasi, Ghana. From 1983-89, he pursued further studies in the UK and Canada. In 1991, he became assistant professor of geography at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point) and became full professor of geography in 2000. In 1998, Ben served as the administrative associate to the senior vice president for academic affairs of the University of Wisconsin system. He became chairperson of the Department of Geography and Geology at the UWSP from 2001-06. In 2006 he became the chair of Western Michigan University’s Department of Geography.
Ben is an economic geographer and a regional planner with expertise in economic development, location analysis, urban and regional planning, and geographic information systems, and has research interests in development theory, development planning, technological change, and human factor development. He is also interested in capacity building in Africa, with particular reference to higher education and technological change. He has led many workshops for new faculty in pedagogical and instructional technologies at KNUST, helped developed GIS curriculum at Makerere University (Uganda) and trained district planners to use GIS in local government planning in Uganda.
Ben is a member of the Association of American Geographers, American Planning Association and a founding member of IIHFD (USA) Inc (International Institute of Human Factor Development).