Dr. Musibau Shofoluwe, professor of Technology at North Carolina A&T State University, has been awarded a fellowship by the Carnegie African Diaspora Fellowship Program

N.C. A&T Professor Awarded Carnegie African Diaspora Fellowship

Dr. Musibau Shofoluwe, professor of Technology at North Carolina A&T State University, has been awarded a fellowship by the Carnegie African Diaspora Fellowship Program to travel to Nigeria to work with Bells University of Technology and Dr. Obuks Ejohwomu on joint collaborative research in project management, sustainable construction and building services. Shofoluwe will also assist in graduate curricula development, mentorship and training in academic practices. 

The primary goal of the project is to promote joint collaborative research, innovative practice-based teaching through curriculum co-development and assessment, and organized workshops in academic practice in the Department of Management Technology. In order to produce globally competitive students, a change to adaptive curriculum and academic practices that prescribe life-long learning is needed. This change should encourage students to learn through innovative pedagogic methods.

“This project is expected to open serious collaboration between N.C. A&T State University and Bells University of Technology in the areas of research, graduate education and innovative academic practice. The collaboration will further strengthen the existing MOU (memorandum of understanding) between the two institutions,” said Shofoluwe.

The long-term impact of the collaborative project is expected to improve faculty research and publications productivity; opportunity to co-sponsor future academic events such as workshops and conferences with the host institution; potential opportunity for faculty exchange between the two institutions; fulfillment of N.C. A&T’s educational globalization mission and more.

The Bells University of Technology project is one of 57 projects that will pair African Diaspora scholars with higher education institutions in Africa to collaborate on curriculum co-development, research, graduate teaching, training and mentoring activities. Shofoluwe is one of 59 African Diaspora scholars who have been awarded fellowships to travel to Africa beginning in May 2016 to conduct a wide range of projects across disciplines, from agroforestry, e-learning modules for nursing, and ethnomusicology to military mental health. The program has now selected and approved a total of 169 fellows since its inception in 2013.

The Carnegie African Diaspora Fellowship program facilitates engagement between scholars born in Africa who are now based in the United States or Canada and scholars in Africa on mutually beneficial academic activities.  The Advisory Council selected 41 African universities to host the Fellows, based on collaborative project proposals submitted by faculty members and administrators at the African universities, to meet specific needs at their universities. This innovative program is managed by the Institute of International Education (IIE) in collaboration with United State International University-Africa (USIU-Africa) in Nairobi, through Dr. Paul Tiyambe Zeleza, who chairs the Advisory Council, and is funded by the Carnegie Corporation of New York. 

About the Fellows and Hosts

Public and private higher education institutions in Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, South Africa, Tanzania and Uganda were eligible to submit project requests to host a scholar for 14 to 90 days; prospective hosts were invited, but not required to name a proposed scholar in their project requests. Scholars born in Africa who live in the United States or Canada and work in an accredited college or university in either of those two countries were eligible to apply to be on a roster of available candidates. IIE maintains a scholar roster to facilitate matches, according to the discipline specializations, expertise, activities and objectives described in a project request. The fellowship for the project visit includes a daily stipend, transportation and visa funds and health insurance coverage.

Eligible universities can submit a project request via the online portal to host a Fellow for projects that will start on December 1.  The application deadline is June 5, 2016, 11:59 P.M. EST.