Apply for MISTI Africa Empowering the Teachers - 2015/16

MIT International Science and Technology Initiatives, MISTI together with its corporate partner NNPC/Total E & P Nigeria Ltd invite applications from suitably qualified candidates for the 2015/2016 ‘Empowering the Teachers’.

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

What is MISTI Empowering the Teachers?

Empowering the Teachers is a teaching fellowship that enables outstanding young Nigerian faculty in science and engineering to collaborate with faculty at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in developing and teaching methods.

The program is offered by the MIT International Science and Technology Initiatives (MISTI) together with its corporate partner NNPC/Total E & P Nigeria Ltd. The director of the program is Professor Akintunde Ibitayo Akinwade, Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at MIT.

About Empowering the Teachers.

Empowering the Teachers will select up to nine outstanding young faculty fellows from the disciplines of electrical engineering, computer science, computer engineering, mechanical engineering and petroleum engineering from Nigerian universities to spend a semester at MIT in 2016. Selected fellows will observe instruction in their disciplines and work as a group to prepare innovative curricula and approaches to teaching that can be introduced into their home universities on their return.

Empowering the Teachers will cover the travel, living and Instructional materials expenses of the participants. The home universities of the successful applicants will commit to provide paid leaves of absence during the period of the MIT program.

The young faculty selected to participate in the Empowering the Teachers program will spend either the spring (February-May) or fall 2016(September-December) semester at MIT observing classes similar to ones they themselves currently teach. They will work on new curricular materials and teaching approaches for adoption in their own classes. During their stay at MIT, they will participate regularly in at least two MIT subjects (including lectures, recitations and tutorials) that correspond to courses the faculty members teach at their home universities. They will attend twice weekly empowering the Teachers Fellows Seminar meeting, one which will focus on curriculum review and development led by Professor Akinwade .Beyond the fellowship semester at MIT, Empowering the Teachers will support online communications, periodic reunions and meetings in Nigeria in order to build over time a community of faculty devoted to excellence and innovation in science and engineering education.

Empowering the Teachers – Eligibility.

Empowering the Teachers welcomes applications from all qualified faculty who are interested in developing new curriculum and teaching methods and consider themselves to be change –agents. To be eligible for consideration for selection, a faculty member must hold a PhD and teach in a department corresponding to Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Mechanical Engineering or Petroleum Engineering at a university in Nigeria. Only candidates at the level of Lecturer One rank will be considered. Applications will be thoroughly vetted.

Empowering the Teachers – Application and Selection.

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Deadline for applications is Friday, July 17, 2015 5pm EST. Candidates will be interviewed in Abuja by MIT faculty and Representatives from NNPC/Total E & P during August 17-20, 2015.

If selected for interviews, you will be notified of your date and time slot the week of August 10, 2015

Please send any questions

MSG Team.

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