Dr. Komla Aggor, professor of Spanish and Hispanic studies, and Dr. Amiso George, associate professor of strategic communication, are recipients of fellowships from the Carnegie African Diaspora Fellowship Program. Aggor and George are two of 43 professors selected for fellowships, and the two will travel to Ghana and Nigeria respectively to work with the University of Ghana in Accra and Pan Atlantic University in Lagos, Nigeria, on special projects including co-curriculum development, graduate teaching and mentoring activities, and research.
The Carnegie African Diaspora Fellowship Program, founded in 2013, is a program that allows African institutions in Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, South Africa, Tanzania and Uganda to host African-born scholars to build enrollment at the host institutions and develop long-term, mutually beneficial collaborations among universities in Africa, the United States and Canada.
Aggor will collaborate with the University of Ghana’s Dr. Joanna Boampong to revise and enhance the curriculum of the Spanish undergraduate and graduate programs. He will help create a balanced program focused on interdisciplinary collaboration, facilitate faculty development workshops to highlight best practices within the institution, and evaluate and fine-tune the curriculum as well as the research agenda of the university’s recently established Center for Latin American Studies.
George will work with Pan Atlantic University’s Dr. Aifuwa Edosomwan to mentor graduate students and assist in co-curriculum development for postgraduate degrees in media and communication. The school has taken a leading role in providing non-degree postgraduate training for professionals in the media and communication industries in West Africa. George had previously helped develop the school’s crisis communication program for professionals.
The Carnegie African Diaspora Program is funded by a grant from the Carnegie Corporation of New York and managed by the Institute of International Education in collaboration with the United States International University-Africa.