BY DAYO ADESULU
The Vice-Chancellor, Caleb University, Imota, Lagos State, Professor Ayodeji Olukoju, has said that full professorship, and not the headship, deanship, deputy vice-chancellorship or vice-chancellorship, which are temporary administrative positions, marks the climax of all academic attainments.
The Vice-Chancellor said that full professorship is won by dint of hard work primarily as a scholar and researcher, with a credible record of publications and contribution to knowledge, in conjunction with other attributes such as impressive record of teaching, moral and intellectual integrity, administrative experience, mentorship and community service.
Professor Olukoju made the remark during the maiden inaugural lecture of the university delivered by Professor Nosa Owens-Ibie, a Professor of Communication, Media and Development. The inaugural lecture was themed; Communicating an Explosion: Signs and Wonder, Popular Culture and the Crumbling of Empire.
He said; “These criteria are graded and it is only when the scholar-teacher has satisfied more than the minimum requirements, including at least two positive assessments of his/her publications by external experts in his/her field and good interview performance, that he/she can be made a professor in a particular area of his/her discipline here at Caleb University”
Professor Olukoju further stressed that Caleb University had always employed the strictest criteria in appointing professors, adding that Professor Nosa Owens-Ibie, the university’s Dean of Student Affairs and Head of Mass Communication Department, was the first to be so appointed in the history of the university.
The Vice-Chancellor described Professor Owens-Ibie as a pride of the university for his initiation of the highly successful Caleb University Mass Communication Forum, which has featured outstanding speakers and benefactors from the industry, academia and the private sector.
While speaking on the recent take-off of the University College of Postgraduate Studies, Professor Olukoju pointed out that the National Universities Commission’s approval for the establishment of the institution’s Postgraduate School, starting with the MSc. degree programme in Architecture, was a major milestone in the university.