Msgr Prof Akam receives African/America Professor of the Year Award in Washington DC
We are pleased to announce that the Founder and Chancellor of Tansian University, Very Rev Msgr Prof JohnBosco Akam (FCON, UN-Peace Ambr) has been shortlisted in the 2016 Distinguished Scholar Award/African-American Professor of the Year, by the Council for Advancement and Support of Education and the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, USA.
The Award is in recognition of his education campaign successes included identifying and promoting intellectual and personal development of students and support on the academic excellence in Africa.
CASE launched the Professors of the Year Awards Program in 1981 to highlight its support of and belief in the work of higher education institutions. That same year, the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching began hosting the final round of judging, and in 1982, became the primary sponsor. For nearly 35 years, Carnegie has been a steadfast supporter of and partner in the program, which has recognized 1,200 remarkable teachers working across the Africa and America.
Msgr Akam will receive the award at the 35th annual African-American Professors of the Year Awards on Saturday, Nov. 19, in Washington, D.C.
He will be honoured alongside other famous professors in USA and Africa continent.
Speaking to Tansian University Magazine, the Director of Public Relations and Protocols, Mr. Chidipeters Okorie Very Rev Msgr Prof John Bosco Akam deserved the Professor of the Year Award.
“Prof Akam is an extraordinary teacher, a respected leader among his colleagues, and a kind and generous human being devoted to student success. More than transmitting knowledge, teaching is about inspiring others to discover their purpose and potential. As a professor, Prof Akam has impacted on the lives of students. Each student enters the classroom with a unique and valuable set of life experiences, and his goal has being to use the tools of philosophy to help students better understand their lives and the larger social world in which they live” he said.
Continuing, the PRO said, “He has over the years strive to create an active, collaborative learning environment filled with curiosity and inquiry in which all participants are both teachers and learners and where students can discover knowledge rather than be passive recipients.
“He strongly believes that critical thinking and a global perspective are crucial to becoming a competent citizen in society. Rather than teaching philosophy, he strives to provide students with a set of principles to apply to their everyday experiences. By examining cultures other than their own, students learn to examine, analyze critically and address the complexities of an issue, carefully form opinions, and develop and analyze solutions to social problems.
“Prof Akam strongly believes that education can be liberating if students master how to learn and how to think.
“Prof Akam specially enjoys teaching Leadership course aimed at exposing students to community leaders, service opportunities, and practical leadership experience. He designed his teachings to help students discover their leadership potential and then practice their leadership skills. In addition to studying leadership theory, students are responsible for scheduling guest speakers, leading community service projects, and facilitating class discussions and activities. This is a very empowering experience for students under the tutorage of the Professor as they develop confidence, purpose, and vision
“Prof Akam enjoys opportunities to collaborate with fellow academics and offers professional development presentations on topics such as using film for curricular enhancement, using instructional technology, recognizing student diversity, teaching for inclusion, and developing student learning outcomes.
“Through teaching he has dedicated himself to inspiring, challenging, and nurturing the minds of students as they discover the art of learning - and the art of life,” he concluded.