MISTI Africa Empowering the Teachers

MISTI Africa Empowering the Teachers
2012 Call for Applications
Deadline August 6, 2012

Empowering the Teachers enables outstanding young Nigerian faculty in Science and Engineering to collaborate with faculty at the Massachusetts Institutes of Technology (MIT) in developing new curriculum and teaching methods.
The program is offered by the MIT International Science and Technology Initiatives (MISTI) together with its corporate partner Total. The director of the program is Professor Akintunde Ibitayo Akinwande, Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer at MIT. The program hopes to expand to countries in east Africa in the near future.

Empowering the Teacher will select up to twelve outstanding young faculty fellows fro the disciplines of Electrical Engineering, Computer Science and Computer Engineering in Nigerian Universities to spend a semester at MIT in 2013. Selected fellows will observe instructions 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 will in the Empowering the Teachers program will spend either the spring 2013 (February-May) or fall 2013(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 stays, they will participate regularly in at least two MIT subjects (including recitations and tutorials) that correspond to courses the faculty members teach at their home universities. They will attend weekly empowering the Teachers Fellows seminar meetings on curriculum development and meet with the professors and teaching assistants.
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 welcomes applications from all qualified faculty.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 at a university in Nigeria. Only candidates at the level of Lecturer One rank will be considered.

Application and selection
Please download the application form available online and submit it to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by Monday, August 6. An MIT committee will establish a list of  top candidates. These candidates will be interviewed in Nigeria by MIT faculty in late August/early September.   


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