Prof. Bridget Teboh
University of Massachusettsat Dartmouth (UMASS)
Prof Bridget Teboh of the University of Massachusettsat Dartmouth (UMass)
Adeyemi College of Education, Ondo has emerged as the first College of Education in Nigeria and one out of 41 universities across Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, South Africa, Tanzania and Uganda that will serve as host institution for the Carnegie African Diaspora Fellowship Programme (CADFP) during the 2016/17 academic session.
This feat follows the success of the application jointly submitted by Prof Bridget Teboh of the University of Massachusettsat Dartmouth (UMass)and Prof Olukoya Ogen, the Provost of Adeyemi College of Education (ACE). Under the fellowship programme, Teboh, the CADFP Fellow, who is a specialist in African social history and gender studies, is to spend about three months in the College starting from the 18th of May 2017. In addition to mentoring students and faculty, she will also be working closely with Ogen, the CADFP host-collaborator, to strengthen the existing history curriculum in ACE and further develop the Directorate of Gender Studies and Sustainable Development recently established in the College.
Launched in 2014, the Carnegie African Diaspora Fellowship Programme (CADFP) is targeted at turning Africa’s brain drain to brain gain, building capacity at the host institutions, and developing long-term, mutually-beneficial collaborations between universities in Africa, and the United States and Canada.The fellowship is funded by Carnegie Corporation of New York and managed by the Institute of International Education (IIE) in collaboration with United States International University-Africa (USIU-Africa) in Nairobi, Kenya, which houses the Advisory Council.
In a press release that is largely celebratory of the CADFP award and which is published on the University of Massachusetts’ website, Chelsea Cabral, UMass website administrator, praises Teboh for joining ‘‘an exclusive class of academics who have been hand-picked to participate in the highly respected fellowship.’’ Indeed, Prof. Teboh could not hide her joy and excitement at the prospects of spending a term among colleagues in Africa. She boldly asserts that the CADFP ‘‘has been the missing link in terms of collaborations between institutions in Africa and institutions in the United States…. As African-born scholars who are working in the U.S. with the expertise and skills that could be used to develop African nations, this fellowship is giving us the very chance to not only go and give back to higher education in Africa but also to developing African nations,” Teboh said.
Speaking further on the fellowship, the Director, Directorate of International Linkages and Research at Adeyemi College of Education, Dr. Awosika, Bridget Itunu, who made the initial contact with Prof Teboh during her visit to the US in 2014 is of the view that the clout of the College Provost, as a renowned international scholar and recipient of several grants and fellowships contributed greatly to this landmark achievement.She noted that since his assumption of duty in the College, Prof. Ogen has been tapping into his vast international network to put the College on the global map. Several foreign scholars from Europe, America and Asia have been visiting the College in droves as research collaborators, visiting professors, institutional grant collaborators and international conference participants. ‘‘This laudable feat is unprecedented in the history of our College.’’ Similarly, the ACE Director of Gender Studies and Sustainable Development, Dr Martina Onuegbu, who will also be working with Prof Teboh, is of the view that the growing reputation of the College as a peaceful institution with a stable academic calendar also contributed to the College’s choice as one of the few selected hosts of the Carnegie African Diaspora Fellowship Programme (CADFP).
Underscoring the significance of the CADFP, Dr Awosika, insists that ACE was specifically urged via an e mail sent to the College Provost by Sharon Witherell, Director of Public Affairs, Institute of International Education, Washington. DC., the managers of the CADFP, to widely publicize the grant in Nigeria’s local media, relevant websites, newsletters and magazines as well as in the social media because according to Witherell, publicizing the work of the CADFP is ‘an important part of the Fellowship program’s goal of facilitating equitable, effective and mutually beneficial international higher education engagements between scholars in Africa and African Diaspora academics.’
As the entire College earnestly awaits the arrival of Prof Bridget Teboh, It is hoped that her stay would be the beginning of several intellectually stimulating international partnerships that would foster the human capacity development, boost the College’s international visibility and promote research.