How can I become a Professor in Nigeria? This is the questions a very bright university student asked me a few days ago. I also believe that there are many persons out there who are willing to know the requirements to become a professor in Nigeria.
Based on the knowledge I have gathered so far, the following are requirements to become a professor in Nigeria…
- Years of Lecturing
- Publication of Articles
- Assessment of Scholarship
The above are standard documents and requirements to become a professor in Nigeria. However, many of our professors today never meant up to these requirements yet they were given the title.
I will now explain the above requirements (PhD, years of lecturing, publication of articles and assessment of scholarships) one after the other.
The first step to becoming a prof in Nigeria is to have a PhD degree. And you obviously know the journey to getting a Doctorate Degree (PhD) in Nigeria. From Primary Six certificate to SSCE, then get a Bachelor’s degree, Masters Degree and finally PhD.
You need a doctorate degree in a relevant area of specialization, from an accredited University in any part of the world and approved course of study.
2. Years of Lecturing
To be a professor in Nigeria, you must have teaching experience beside having a PhD. Up to three years of teaching experience as Lecturer Grade 2, Lecturer Grade 1, Senior Lecturer and Associate Professor will do.
3. Publication of Articles
You must have publications in high impact international journals. A minimum of 50 high-quality internationally-published works will qualify you as a candidate to receive a positive assessment.
4. Assessment of Scholarship
This stage is to access how scholarly you are and impart you have made in the Education Sector. Assessment is done by eminent professors who are in the field related to what you studied. How long and how good you have been teaching, the score you have made and the impact you have made in your community matters. Your score under this assesment counts.
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