MIT-Empowering the Teachers Program 2020/2021 Application Form : The MIT-Empowering the Teachers Program (MIT-ETT) is a semester long fellowship accepting engineering professors who are currently teaching at local universities in Nigeria and who recently completed their Ph.D. If you are eligible to apply based on the above criteria, please continue reading.
Furthermore, MIT International Science and Technology Initiatives (MISTI) in collaboration with its corporate partner NNPC/TOTAL invite applications from suitably qualified candidates for the Fall 2020 – Spring 2021 MIT-Empowering the Teachers Program.
Empowering the Teachers fellowship enables outstanding young Nigerian faculty in Science and Engineering to collaborate with faculty at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in developing new curriculum and teaching methods.
MIT-ETT will cover basic travel, living and instructional materials expenses of the participants.
MIT-Empowering the Teachers Program (MIT-ETT) 2020/2021 Form.
The MIT-Empowering the Teachers (MIT-ETT) program at MIT strives to foster innovation in science and engineering education in tertiary academic institutions in Africa through an intense engagement with faculty members from African universities. NNPC/TOTAL is the corporate partner and sponsor of this program.
MIT-Empowering the Teachers Program Mission
The approach to science and engineering education in African universities is yet to adopt a focus on problem solving, innovation and creativity. Furthermore standards in these tertiary institutions have retrogressed due to severe neglect and lack of investment. Curricular and assessment methods have not adopted practices that encourage critical thinking, open ended problem solving and creativity, rather they are still built around teacher-centered lecture rooms that focus on information acquisition, memorization and regurgitation at closed book examination. Consequently, these academic institutions have not produced science and engineering graduates needed by industry to add value.
MIT-Empowering the Teachers Program Objective
The overarching goal of MIT-ETT is to facilitate the development of young African faculty leadership in science and engineering education who will introduce innovation and creativity into science and engineering curricular. There are two main objectives of the MIT-ETT program: to provide young African professors with exposure to cutting-edge pedagogical methods in the highest-rated engineering and science departments in the U.S. and to provide American faculty who have a deep interest in connecting with those in their disciplines in emerging economies a concrete means of engagement.
MIT-Empowering the Teachers Program Approach
In an attempt to address the problems articulated above, MIT established the MIT-Empowering the Teachers (MIT-ETT) Program lead by Professor Akintunde Ibitayo Akinwande (EECS). The program invites young, brilliant and upcoming African academics, who recently completed their doctoral degree, to spend an intensive and inclusive semester at MIT in a bid to understudy the mode (& dynamics) of curricula development and content delivery at MIT. The aim is to facilitate in African institutions improved teaching content development that is geared towards (1) students-centered content delivery (2) problem solving and (3) creativity. This amongst other things will result in the development new courses and the modification of existing curricula to ones that are geared towards critical thinking, open ended problem solving and hands-on design but also promote innovation and creativity. While at MIT, these African academics developed new course content for their home universities which are consistent with the objectives of developing these skills in their students.
During their semester at MIT, Fellows do the following:
- observe instruction in their own disciplines & subjects
- interact with MIT faculty teaching in their own disciplines & subjects
- develop courses based on problem-solving approach inspired by equivalent course at MIT
- discuss & explore curricular enrichment & reform through both formal and informal interaction with the MIT community
The ultimate goal is to reform their current curricular using new materials, approaches and methods that exemplify the best of MIT’s practices: problem-solving, student-centered, innovation and bringing knowledge to bear on the world’s greatest challenges.
MIT-ETT will select a number of outstanding young faculty fellows from the disciplines of electrical engineering, computer science, computer engineering, mechanical engineering, chemical engineering and petroleum engineering from Nigerian universities to spend a semester at MIT either in the Fall 2020 (September-December 2020) or in the Spring 2021 (February-May 2021).
During their semester at MIT, the selected faculty will observe at least two classes similar to ones they themselves currently teach (including lectures, recitations and tutorials). They will work on new curricular materials and teaching approaches for adoption in their own classes, they will attend two weekly MIT-ETT seminars, one which will focus on curriculum design and the other will introduce the faculty to MIT cultural aspects such as: Online teaching, problem solving, entrepreneurship, public speaking, networking, and more.
- MIT-ETT welcomes applications from all qualified faculty who are:
- Interested in developing new curriculum and teaching methods and consider themselves to be change-agents;
- A faculty member holding a PhD and teach in a department corresponding to Computer Science Electrical, Mechanical, Chemical or Petroleum Engineering at a university in Nigeria;
- Lecturer One rank.
- MIT-ETT will cover basic travel, living and instructional materials expenses of the participants.
- The home universities of the successful applicants will commit to provide paid leave of absence during the period of the MIT program.
Application Closing Date
8pm EST; 1st November, 2019.
How to Apply MIT-Empowering the Teachers Program (MIT-ETT) 2020/2021 Form
Interested and qualified candidates should:
Click here to apply online
- ETT applications for the 2020-2021 academic year must be submitted online through the above link. If this is your first time visiting the registration web page, please click the green “Register” button at the top right and create a SurveyMonkey Apply account. When creating an account make sure to choose “Empowering the Teachers” in the “Applicant Type” field. The email address and password you use to register will be used throughout the application process. At any point before the deadline, you will be able to save your work and log back in at a later date to continue from where you left off.
- If you already have an account and you would like to continue your application, click the “Log In” button when the page opens, enter your account information, and resume your application.
- To learn more about the registration or application process, reference the ETT Application User Guide.
- Applications will be thoroughly vetted
- An MIT committee will establish a list of top candidates. Candidates in Nigeria will be interviewed in Abuja by MIT faculty and representatives of NNPC and TOTAL during the last week of January, 2020 Selected candidates will be notified of their date and time in early January 2020.
- If you have further questions about the application or this system, please contact: [email protected].