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2 faculty selected for Carnegie fellowships to work in Nigeria

Dr. Alice Etim

Two Winston-Salem State University (WSSU) faculty have been selected to work in Nigeria as part of a summer Carnegie Corporation fellowship.

Dr. Alice S. Etim, associate professor of management information systems, and Dr. James S. Etim, professor of education, will work with faculty at the University of Jos (UNIJOS) in Nigeria on course development and research as part of the fellowship.

The fellowship, through the Carnegie African Diaspora Fellowship Program, pairs African-born scholars who have been living and working in North America with their peers at universities in Africa. All visiting scholars’ expenses, including transportation, a daily stipend and the cost of obtaining visas and health insurance, are covered.

Dr. James S. Etim, who taught at UNIJOS from 1980-89, will be at UNIJOS from early May through early August working with Professor S. Gomwalk to redesign courses related to teacher education and English education, to work with doctoral students in English education, and undertake collaborative research with faculty and doctoral students in the Department of Arts Education.

“I really look forward to going back this summer to serve and make some impact,” he said. “The knowledge gained from this experience will also help me as I revise some of my courses to include internationalization and globalization, in line with WSSU ‘s new Strategic Goals. “

Dr. James Etim

Dr. Alice Etim will work on a project with UNIJOS Professor Tanko Ishaya that focuses on the development of courses in computer science, project management and health informatics. She will also engage in collaborative research with faculty and graduate students and lead workshops in the use of information and communication technology. Her fellowship is from mid-June through early August.

“It was an easy decision to accept the fellowship and spend the time at UNIJOS,” Dr. Alice Etim said. “As an alumna of UNIJOS, I really look forward to going back this summer to serve and make some impact.  I am very excited to spend the time to work with students and mentor particularly female students in computing.”

Both faculty said they hope the fellowship will lead to a long-term partnership between WSSU and UNIJOS on curriculum and programs.

Only 70 African Diaspora scholars were chosen for the fellowships, which are funded by the Carnegie Corporation of New York and managed by the Institute of International Education (IIE).

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