The Kwara State University (KWASU), Malete, has on Friday, June 1, 2018, held its maiden edition of Professional Achievement Award (PAA) designed to celebrate professors who had been found worthy after evaluating them in the tripartite areas of teaching, research and community development.
The Provost, College of Information and Communication Technology, Professor Kazeem Gbolagade, emerged winner of the maiden edition organised by the Centre for Innovation in Teaching and Research (CITR).
The Centre’s Director, Dr. Rafiu Mope Isiaka, who announced the winner, said Gbolagade’s portfolio was distinctive among the six professorial portfolios submitted to the University’s Evaluation Committee for the exercise.
While explaining that PAA is an annual post-professorial review designed to keep full professors active and productive, he added that a full professor must spend three years circle just like other categories of promotion at the University before he could qualify, except on exceptional or accelerated circumstances.
``Applicants are expected to submit portfolios to the University Evaluation Committee for assessment. The committee shall identify all applicants that qualify for the award. Annually, the CITR has the mandate to celebrate the awardees in a colourful event,’’ he said.
The Vice-Chancellor, Professor AbdulRasheed Na’Allah, who decorated the winner, said the University’s goal was to make major achievements in the nation and the PAA was one of those.
According to him, “Annual winner or winners of PAA will be publicly recognised, celebrated, decorated, awarded and will receive permanent increment in their monthly salaries, subject to availability of funds.
``I know there is no money now, this is a difficult time but we have to set an example. Part of what we are doing today is also to add money to the salary of whoever is winning this award today.’’
Professor Na’Allah said attaining full professorship at KWASU is another beginning and not a time to lag or relent because that is when such professor would be expected to enhance the achievements of the University.
At this time, he said, the professors must be as productive as they had always been or even more productive because this is when they had acquired excellent experience and at the peak of their career and so, as they are rising, they should take the Institution with them.
``The goal of the KWASU is to say becoming a professor is the beginning of the kind of contribution you must make to enhance the achievement of this University. It is not when you say “I have come to the end.
``It is not when you will say you do not want to teach anymore, you have no choice; you have to teach. You have to do research, get grants and do community outreach.”
Stating that there could be more than one winner in subsequent years, the Vice-Chancellor said those that could not make it this year could go back, restrategise and participate again next year, ``they can also go on Professorial Improvement Plan within or outside the country and the University will support them’’, he submitted.
For Prof. Gbolagade, the recipient of the award, such prestigious award was a great honour and one of the unique activities of the University.
Encouraging junior colleagues to aspire higher and continue working hard in their respective fields, Gbolagade stated that the professorial level is not a bed of roses as it has its own challenges.