Former Doctoral Student Now a Dean in Ghana
Yao Quashigah completed the defense of his dissertation in the UK College of Education Department of Curriculum and Instruction several weeks before September 11, 2001, with plans to head back to Ghana. However, his homecoming in Ghana was delayed because of subsequent events. Now he is dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences Education at the University of Education in Winneba, Ghana.
After receiving his undergraduate degree at the University of Cape Coast, Ghana, Quashigah completed his master’s degree at Carleton University in Canada in 1993. He met College of Education faculty member Angene Wilson when she was a Senior Fulbright Scholar in Winneba in 1997 and came to UK the following year for doctoral work. An integral part of the secondary social studies program, Quashigah supervised student teachers for several years.
When Quashigah returned to Winneba, he became chair of the Department of Social Studies Education, which is one of the departments in the Faculty of Social Sciences Education. He became dean in 2010.
Other departments in the Faculty include the Department of Social Science Education, the Department of Business Education and the Centre for African Studies. The Department of Social Science offers bachelor’s degrees in economics, geography, history and political Science. The Department of Social Science offers bachelor’s and master’s degrees in social studies and master’s in human rights education and doctoral degrees in social studies. The Department of Business Education offers a B.A. of Business Administration in accounting and human resources. A Department of Religions in planned for the future.
Quashigah has written books such as On Population and Development in Ghana and Basic Social Studies: Content, Teaching and Learning Skills. Part one of an article he wrote in 2001 with Wilson entitled “A Cross-National Conversation about Teaching from a Global Perspective: Issues of Culture and Power” will be re-published in Wilson’s Africa on My Mind: Educating Americans for 50 Years, Living Peace Corps’ Third Goal in spring 2013.