Darryl Tukufu, PhD

Senior Professor of Christian Sociology
Urban Studies Specialist
Missions Experience: USA




  • Doctor of Philosophy in Sociology with Community Organization & Social Change Specialization, University of Akron, Akron, OH
  • Master of Arts in Urban Studies with Public Administration Specialization, University of Akron, Akron, OH
  • Bachelor of Arts in Social Studies, Youngstown State University, Youngstown, OH

Doctoral Dissertation

  • Voluntary Association Membership Trends among African Americans and European Americans: a test of a broader classification typology

Master's Thesis

  • Variations in the Voting Patterns of Blacks in Akron

Certifications / Continuing Education

  • Critical Components of Effective Governance, National Center for Nonprofit Boards
  • Certified Diversity Professional, Cleveland State University Department of Psychology, and NTL Institute for Applied Behavioral Science

Teaching Specializations

  • Sociology
  • Urban Studies
  • Human Services
  • African American Studies

Academic Experiences

  • Assistant Professor of Sociology, Bethel University, McKenzie, TN
  • Adjunct Professor, Belhaven University, Jackson, MS
  • Adjunct Professor, Cambridge College, Memphis, TN
  • Adjunct Professor, Memphis Center for Urban Theological Studies, Memphis, TN
  • Vice President for External Affairs & Chief Diversity Officer, Victory University, Memphis, TN
  • Associate Professor of Urban Studies & Sociology, Victory University, Memphis, TN
  • Vice President for Academic Affairs, Victory University, Memphis, TN
  • Executive Director, Intercultural Dialog Council, Crichton College, Memphis, TN
  • Lecturer, Cleveland State University, Cleveland, OH
  • Director of Public Services Division, Lorain County Community College, Elyria, OH
  • Adjunct Faculty, Portland State University, Portland, Oregon
  • Adjunct Faculty, Marylhurst College, Lynn, Oregon
  • Assistant Professor of Sociology, LeMoyne-Owen College, Memphis, TN
  • Lecturer, State Technical Institute, Memphis, TN
  • Assistant Professor of Sociology, University of Memphis, Memphis, TN
  • Assistant Professor of African-American Studies, Northeastern University, Boston, MA
  • Visiting Assistant Professor, Pan African Studies, Kent State University, Kent, OH

Research Experiences

  • Senior Advisor, Adolescent Male Study, Memphis Urban League
  • Research Associate, Rural Poverty Study, Memphis State University & University of Mississippi
  • Graduate Research Assistant, Urban Studies, University of Akron, Akron, OH
  • Graduate Research, Neighborhood Development Project, Youngstown Area Urban League, Youngstown, OH


  • “Enlarging the Field: African American Adolescence in a Gestalt Context,” by Deborah L.Plummer, Ph.D. and Darryl S.Tukufu, Ph.D. in The Heart of Development: Gestalt Approaches to Working with Children, Adolescents and Their Worlds, Volume II: Adolescence, edited by Mark McConville and Gordon Wheeler, Hillsdale, New Jersey: The Analytic Press, 2001.
  • A Final Report of Forum Results to the Lorain Port Authority, by Dr. Darryl Tukufu and Dr. Denise M. Keron, Elryria, OH: Public Services Institute of Lorain County Community College, 1994.
  • A Guide Toward the Successful Development of African-American Males, 2nd Edition The Remix, by Darryl S. Tukufu, Ph.D. Lakeland, TN: The Tukufu Group, 2008
  • Healed: Adjusting to Our New Normal, by Dr. Jacqueline Jackson, and Dr. Darryl Tukufu, Memphis, TN: RiverHouse Publishing, 2014
  • “Jesse Jackson and the Rainbow Coalition: Working Class Movement or Reform Politics?” in Humanity and Society, Volume 14, No. 2., May 1990
  • Nubian Elegance Rare and Divine: A Guide for High Achieving African-American Students, by Darryl S. Tukufu, Ph.D. Uniondale, N.Y.: Royal Fireworks Press, 2002
  • R to the 3rd Power: Reflection, Regeneration and Revitalization in the New Millennium, by Darryl S. Tukufu, Ph.D. Richmond Heights, OH: The Tukufu Group, 2000.
  • “Race and Economic Development in the Lower Mississippi Delta,” by Bruce Williams, Michael Timberlake, Bonnie Thornton Dill, and Darryl Tukufu, Memphis State University: Center for Research on Women, 1992.

Professional Experiences

  • President, Memphis Urban League, Memphis, TN
  • President, Urban League of Middle Tennessee, Nashville, TN
  • President, Tukufu Group, Lakeland, TN
  • Executive Director, Greater Cleveland Roundtable, Cleveland, OH
  • President, Urban League of Portland, Portland, WA
  • Project Director, Volunteer & Employment Project for Kellogg Foundation, Akron, OH
  • Executive Director, Fair Housing Contact Service, Akron, OH
  • Manager, Neighborhood Services Division, Akron-Summit Community Action Agency, Akron, OH
  • EEO Officer & Fair Labor Standards Officer, City of Akron, Akron, OH
  • Acting Director and EEO Officer, Youngstown Hometown Plan, Youngstown, OH
  • Deputy Director & Housing Director, Youngstown Area Urban League, Youngstown, OH

Community Service

  • Board Member, National Civil Rights Museum
  • Steering Committee member, Common Ground, dialogs in race & ethnicity
  • Board Member, Memphis Challenge
  • Board Member, Leadership Academy,Memphis, TN
  • President's Council, LeMoyne-Owen College
  • Member, TN African American Initiative, American Diabetes Association
  • Board Member, Association of Non-Profit Executives
  • Board Member, Nashville DID (Diversity in Dialog)
  • Member, Olivet Housing & Community Development Corp, Cleveland, OH
  • Community Advisor, Junior League of Cleveland
  • Member, Lorain County OH, Leadership Taskforce
  • Board Member, Lorain County OH United Way
  • Planning committee member, Cleveland Urban League, African American Family Conference
  • Western Regional Vice President, National Association of Executives, National Urban League
  • Commissioner, Port of Portland (Oregon), apponted by Gov. Barbara Roberts, confirmed by Oregon Senate
  • Member, NIKE External Minority Affiars Review Board, Portland, Oregon
  • Board Member, Memphis Urban League
  • Life Member, Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity

Special Recognitions

  • Tennessee Education Association, E. Harper Johnson Human Relations Award
  • Who's Who in Black America
  • Who's Who in the West
  • Executive of the Year, Western Regional Council of Urban League Guilds
  • 3rd Place, National Urban League Whitney M. Young, Jr. Leadership Award in Race Relations
  • Outstanding Contributions to the African-American Community, LeMoyne-Owen College, Memphis, TN

Membership in Professional Organizations (past & present)

  • American Sociological Association
  • National Speakers Association
  • American Society for Training & Development
  • American Leadership Forum (Oregon Chapter)
  • Leadership Cleveland
  • Leadership Memphis