Dr. Francis Godwyll

  • Position:  Chair, Director, Professor
  • Department:  Research and Advanced Studies
  • Office Location:  Building 77, Room 104
  • fgodwyll@uwf.edu
  • Campus: (850) 474-2251


Dr. Francis Godwyll is Professor and Chair of the Department of Research and Advanced Studies and Director of the Doctoral Program in the College of Education and Professional Studies.

He leads and supervises faculty and staff of the Department of Research and Advanced Studies, teaches graduate courses, advises doctoral students, supervises doctoral dissertations and directs the doctoral programs and specializations.

Godwyll’s research has covered a wide range of subjects: managing classroom behavior, female ritual servitude in Ghana, diagnostically supported teaching strategies to reduce school failure, social justice in education, games for learning in school and home, aspects of Japanese schools, educating the marginalized, teachers’ rights and responsibilities, the “juggling act” for mothers and academics, holistic education, diversity and many other subjects.

He has authored or co-authored several books and chapters of other books. Publications carrying his research include Journal of Education and Humanities: Theory and Practice, Academic Leadership, Nordic Journal of African Studies, and International Journal of Diversity in Organizations, Communities and Nations. He has made presentations at national conferences on a number of topics, ranging from racism and sexism in the United States to developments in pedagogy to alternative strategies to reduces HIV/AIDS.

Godwyll received a Doctor of Education degree from the University of Education at Heidelberg, Germany in 2003. He earned a M.Ed. in Special Education and a B.Ed., both from the University of Cape Coast, Ghana.

Godwyill taught at the University of North Florida and at Ohio University before joining UWF in 2015.

Along with classroom and administrative assignments in a variety of schools, Godwyll has been coordinator for a child development and referral unit, assistant coordinator for a blind resource center, and a consultant for Ghana as the government examined its educational system.

Keywords: Ghana education system, classroom behavior management, social justice in education, educating marginalized people, academics and mothers, teachers’ rights and responsibilities, holistic education, education and expectations, preventive health education for HIV/AIDS