Nkechi M. Agwu

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EMAIL: nagwu@bmcc.cuny.edu

Office: N-581

Office Hours:

Phone: +1 (212) 220-1337

Professor of Mathematics Nkechi Madonna Agwu describes herself as a Nigerian, Sierra-Leonean, African-American resident of the Bronx Borough County of New York City for the past 20 years. She has taught mathematics at the university level for over 30 years in Nigeria and the United States, with at least 20 of those 30 years at the Borough of Manhattan Community College (BMCC), City University of New York (CUNY). She is also former Director of the Center for Excellence in Teaching, Learning and Scholarship (CETLS) at BMCC.

Professor Agwu is a generalist, in that her research, teaching and scholarship intersects with the sciences, arts, social sciences and humanities and she writes poetry as a hobby.

She is passionate about bringing visibility to the indigenous mathematical, scientific and technological knowledge of African people south of the Sahara and mathematical story-telling of African women leaders in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) related fields,” says Agwu. Articles featuring her scholarship, professional work and advocacy in this regard can be found at the following websites:


Ethno-mathematics and History of Mathematics, Mathematics and Statistics Education, Mathematics and Statistics Curriculum and Assessment Development, Gender Studies and Multicultural Education


Courses Taught

MAT 209 (Statistics)
MAT 402 (Finite Mathematics)

Research and Projects

  • Culture and Women Stories: A Framework for Capacity Building in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Related Fields, Carnegie African Diaspora Fellowship Project in partnership with the Center for Gender Issues in Science and Technology (CEGIST), Federal University of Technology, Akure (FUTA).Mathematical Story-Telling of the Nigerian Women in Agricultural Research and Development (NiWARD), in partnership with NiWARD and the BMCC CUNY STEP Program.


Honors, Awards and Affiliations

Additional Information

In 2001-2003, as Chair of the Statistics Committee of the Mathematics Department, Agwu spearheaded and facilitated faculty collaboration to publish a MAT 150 Workbook for teaching statistics for which royalties where donated to the mathematics department scholarship fund, see: /news/bmcc-mathematics-professors-fund-scholarships-for-their-students-with-book-royalties-and-award-stipends/.

Dr. Agwu’s American Educational Research Association (AERA), Division K, Dissertation Award winning and Syracuse University Creative Research Award winning dissertation, Using a Computer Laboratory Setting to Teach College Calculus, Ann Arbor, MI.: UMI Dissertation Services, 1996, is a comparative study between using computers versus calculators for the teaching and learning college calculus. It also analyzes gender related issues.