ICMCS Institutes Award For Science Teachers0
From this year, teachers of Science and Technology in Nigerian universities will have their best efforts rewarded by their peers as the International Centre for Mathematical & Computer Sciences (ICMCS), Lagos launches the Ford Foundation Teaching Innovation Awards Programme (FF-TIAP).
The award, as its name implies, is being sponsored by the Ford Foundation office for West Africa, with the ICMCS coordinating the process leading to the awards. It would be the first time that a competition of this kind is being organised in the Nigerian higher education sector.
The award, according to the project Co-ordinator, Prof. G O S Ekhaguere, seeks “to recognise individuals who are making outstanding contributions to the quality of student learning and the quality of the student experience of higher education in Science and Technology at Nigerian universities, and to provide a forum for such persons to disseminate their innovation to the entire Nigerian higher education system.”
The Awards Committee defines teaching broadly, to include superior performance in classroom teaching; innovation and creativity in course design and delivery; and commitment to the advising and mentoring of students and peers.
Twenty Nigerian universities are eligible to participate in the award process. These include the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile Ife; the University of Lagos; Ladoke Akintola University of Science and Technology, Ogbomoso and the Covenant University, Ota.
Others are the Federal University of Technology, Owerri; University of Nigeria, Nsukka; Enugu State University of Science and Technology, Enugu; Madonna University, Okija; University of Benin; the University of Calabar and the Rivers State University of Science and Technology, Port Harcourt.
Also on the list are the Federal University of Technology, Yola; the University of Maiduguri; Abubakar Tafewa Balewa University, Bauchi; Katsina State University; Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria; Usmanu Dan Fodio University, Sokoto; Benue State University, Makurdi, University of Abuja and Federal University of Technology, Minna.
To be eligible for nomination, a person must have been employed in a full-time teaching position at any of the listed institutions for at least three years; have attained the rank of senior lecturer; and belong to either the Faculty of Science or the Faculty of Technology/Engineering.
Each of the eligible institutions could then submit the names of two nominees to the National Selection Committee (NSC) – comprising one nomination from the Faculty of Science and one nomination from the Faculty of Technology/Engineering.
The National Selection Committee (NSC) is headed by Prof. Emeritus Ayo Banjo as chair. Others on the committee are Dr Reuben Abati; Dr Eugenia Abu; Prof. Dan Ado-Isa; Dr Babatunde Ahonsi; Prof. Naomi James-Rugu; Dr Tony Marinho; Prof. Peter Okebukola; Prof. Anthony Osagie and Prof. Bobboi Umar.
Since the process seeks to strengthen efforts by Nigerian universities to produce graduates who enter the global marketplace with the right mix of critical thinking skills, technological knowledge, and a self-reliant approach to acquiring new knowledge, FF-TIAP award winners are expected to “share, present and promote good practice within their own and other institutions in the country. This may take the form of, for example, speaking at workshops, seminars, and symposia; delivering lectures to fellow academics; granting videotaped interviews; or acting as a source of support or advice for others involved in pedagogical development activities.”
A FF-TIAP award winner will receive a trophy, in the form of a plaque, with the inscription: “The Ford Foundation Award for Teaching Innovation/Year/Recipient’s Name”, as well as a grant.
“The awards are granted on the condition that they will be spent on activities and/or initiatives designed to enhance the recipient’s teaching career and promote best practice,” the brochure says.
Source: The Guardian Newspaper (Thursday, April 24, 2008)