Ackrion Mangimela

Assistant Professor of Biology

Science Building, 104

Ackrion Mangimela

Dr. Mangimela was born and raised in Zambia. He completed one year of Mandarin Chinese at Beijing Language & Culture University before transferring to China Medical University to complete his medical degree. After graduating from medical school in 2013, he returned home to Zambia where he completed further medical training at the University Teaching Hospital in Lusaka and Livingstone Central Hospital in Livingstone. Upon obtaining his full medical license, Dr. Mangimela managed the Family Medical Clinic at Livingstone Central Hospital. Prior to becoming a fulltime faculty in 2021, Dr. Mangimela worked as an adjunct professor for OKWU from 2018 to 2020 teaching Introduction to Human Biology, Introduction to Microbiology, and Pharmacology for Nurses. He was a frequent guest lecturer on topics such as care of people living with HIV/AIDS. In 2020, Dr. Mangimela completed his MBA with a focus in Healthcare Administration from Indiana Wesleyan University.

Classes taught

Intro to Human Biology

Human Anatomy

Human Physiology

General Biology

Intro to Microbiology

General Microbiology

Principles of Genetics

Pharmacology in Nursing


What organizations are you a part of?

Zambia Medical Association, Resident Doctors Association of Zambia

What’s the best part of your job at OKWU?

The best part is knowing that I can make an impact in the lives of the students and their future careers. I have had a very good support network from other faculty at the university. People have gone out of their way to help me transition to this role.

What makes OKWU a special place?

OKWU being a Christian school is a plus because I can freely express my faith. I can pour into the spiritual lives of students as well.

How do you integrate your faith in teaching?

I add Scripture to every class. I enjoy taking a little time to pray over any issues affecting students at the beginning of class. I also encourage students to write reflective journals.

What would you tell a prospective student about OKWU?

The number one reason I would pick OKWU is because the faculty to student ratio is small. Faculty are able to pay attention and know the students. It is not like where I attended university where I was in a class of 1000 students. I did not even know my professor’s name.

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