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Massachusetts Institute Of Technology (MIT)/NNPC/Total Empowering The Teachers Program 2017 - 2018

Date Posted: 08/Nov/2016

MIT-Empowering the Teachers (MIT-ETT) is a teaching- focused fellowship, offered by MIT - AFRICA together with its corporate partner NNPC/TOTAL MIT-ETT enables Nigerian faculty in science and engineering to experience a semester at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Selected fe!lows will observe instruction in their disciplines and work as a group under the guidance of MIT faculty member to prepare innovative curricula and approaches to teaching that can be introduced into th&r home universities on their return. They will also receive some support towards career advancement.

The Empowering the Teachers (ETT) program at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (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.

Applications are invited from suitably qualified candidates for:

MIT-Empowering the Teacher (MIT-ETT) 2017 - 2018


  • The overarching goal of 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 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 will select a number of 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.
  • Selected fellows will observe instructions in their disciplines and work in groups 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 successful applicants will commit to provide paid leaves of absence during the period of the MIT program.
  • The successful fellows will spend either the fall 2017 (September-December) and spring 2018 (February-May) semester at MIT observing classes similar to ones they currently teach.
  • They will also work on new curricular materials and teaching approaches for adoption in their own classes. While at MIT they will participate regularly in MIT subjects (including lectures, recitations and tutorials) that correspond to courses they teach in their home universities.
  • They will also attend the weekly Empowering The Teachers Fellows Seminar meetings on curriculum development and meet with MIT 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.

MIT-ETT welcomes applications from all qualified faculty who are:

  • Interested in developing new curriculum and teaching methods arid consider themselves to be change- agents;
  • A faculty member holding a PhD and teach in a department corresponding to Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Mechanical Engineering or Petroleum Engineering at a university in Nigeria;
  • Lecturer One rank

Application Closing Date
Thursday, 1st December, 2016. 8PM EST.

Note: 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 on a date and time slot to be announced.

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