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Dr. Ephraim Kotey Nikoi announced future Wisconsin Teaching Fellow

Posted on Dec 6, 2013
The Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning announces the approval of next year's Wisconsin Teaching Fellows 2014-15.
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Dr. Ephraim Kotey Nikoi announced future Wisconsin Teaching Fellow

Every year the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning recruits faculty and instructional academic staff for the upcoming year's Wisconsin Teaching Fellows and Scholars (WTFS). The Wisconsin Teaching Fellows group will include outstanding early-career, untenured faculty and teaching academic staff. The Wisconsin Teaching Scholars group will include outstanding tenured faculty and experienced academic staff.

In September, the UW System Office of Academic and Student Affairs and the Office of Professional and Instructional Development announced the call for participants for the WTFS Program for 2014-2015. Each UW Institution may select two participants annually for the Fellows and Scholars Program. Each participant undertakes a significant Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) project, records the project's progress on an electronic poster and disseminates the results in public forums.

On December 2nd, Dr. Ephraim Kotey Nikoi, Assistant Professor of Communication and Distance Learning in the Communicating Arts Department and Dr. Sakib Mahmud, Assistant Professor of Sustainable Management in the Business and Economics Department, were announced to be next year's Wisconsin Teaching Fellows.

UW-Superior's current Fellows are Dr. Daniela Mansbach (Social Inquiry-Political Science) and Ms. Elizabeth Grbavcich (Writing and Library Science). They will present their Wisconsin Teaching Fellows projects at the Spring 2014 Office of Professional and Instructional Development (OPID) Conference; to be held April 17-18 at the Heidel House Resort and Conference Center in Green Lake, WI.

Each Fellow and Scholar will receive $4,000 in financial support from their institution and a $500 S&E grant from OPID.

Dr. Ephraim Nikoi started his employment at the University of Wisconsin-Superior in Fall 2010, as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Communicating Arts. As a Fellow in the WTFS program, he plans to expand his recent research by focusing on the specific pedagogy of engaging guest lecturers with his classroom students and examining how it influences the development of competence in intercultural communication for them. Dr. Nikoi earned his Ph.D. in Organizational Communication, with related areas of Rhetoric and Popular Culture, from the School of Communication Studies at Ohio University (2010), his M.A. in Public Administration from Ohio University (2002), and his M.A. in International Studies from Ohio University (2000). He earned his B.A. with a major in English Literature and minor in History from the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology in Kumasi, Ghana (1997).

Dr. Sakib Mahmud began his employment with UW-Superior in Fall 2012, with an appointment as Assistant Professor in the Department of Business and Economics. As a Fellow, he plans to continue his research of learner-centered classroom techniques to find the best methods to motivate students of diverse backgrounds in developing interest, increasing attention and providing positive learning experiences in subject areas they might initially find challenging. Dr. Mahmud earned a PhD in Economics from the University of Wyoming (2011), an M.A. in Economics from the University of British Columbia, Canada (2002), and a B.Sc. in Economics with a minor in Finance from the North South University in Bangladesh (2000).

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