Faculty Development

 EGST has undertaken an extended process to develop Ethiopian faculty and to identify candidates at the Master’s level to be enrolled in PhD programmes in order to serve as EGST faculty in the future.

 Background

 To ensure the future of EGST, it is vital for the school to have a strong and stable faculty. Since its beginning, expatriates have been the largest proportion (nearly 70%) of EGST’s teaching staff. We are grateful for the missionaries who have dedicated their energy and time for teaching and other responsibilities at EGST.  However, excessive dependence on foreign teaching staff will not ensure the long term strength and stability of the EGST faculty because expatriates eventually complete their term of service and return to their home countries.  While it serves the best interests of our students to maintain the global and cross-cultural perspectives of an international faculty, the long-term vigour and contextual relevance of EGST requires also that we develop a core Ethiopian faculty with at least one person in each discipline.

Faculty Development Principles and Goals

 

Principle

Goal

The EGST mission and objectives are best accomplished with a stable faculty which is strong across all of its current and anticipated disciplines.

EGST will seek at least one Ethiopian faculty member in each discipline.

The teaching and training of students is greatly enhanced by close academic and mentoring relationships with faculty members, both informally and formally.

EGST will seek full-time faculty sufficient to:

·     Maintain a full-time to full-time equivalent faculty ratio of at least 0.8. 

·     Maintain a student/faculty ratio of no more than 10:1.

The quality of education at EGST is enhanced by a long-term faculty composition which reflects both the cultural diversity and perspective provided by expatriate faculty and the contextual insight and understanding of Ethiopian and African faculty.

EGST seeks a faculty composition which is 70% Ethiopian and 30% expatriate.

With the growth of Protestant evangelical churches in Ethiopia, the completion of accreditation, and the addition of new programmes, EGST anticipates that its student body will grow to 270 students by 2018.

EGST will seek 13.5 full-time equivalent faculty members, with 12 faculty devoted to full-time teaching and three administrative staff who will teach part-time.

EGST values the importance of theological breadth and depth within the framework of historic Protestant faith commitments.

EGST seeks to maintain reasonable if not absolute balance in the representation of the EGST owners amongst the faculty.

The EGST faculty development plan must facilitate the vital role that EGST faculty must play in providing leadership for Ethiopian church and society.

EGST will seek faculty numbers sufficient to ensure that full-time faculty members are assigned no more than 9 credits (typically 3 courses) per term.

In a traditional, male-orientated society, EGST students will benefit from the insight and perspectives of female faculty members.

EGST seeks to develop a faculty of which a good number of female scholars are members.

The quality of graduate-level education at EGST is enhanced when courses are taught by instructors with a doctorate.

EGST seeks to ensure that at least 90% of all courses are taught by someone with a doctorate.

Progress

 Since 2009, seven candidates have gone overseas to undertake their PhD studies at different institutions: University of Pietermaritzburg (SA), Manchester University (UK), Fuller Seminary (USA), Eastern University (USA), St Andrews University (UK), Dallas Theological Seminary (USA), London School of Oriental and African Studies (UK). The candidates will receive degrees in different areas: Practical/Public Theology, Systematic Theology (2), Church History, Biblical Studies, Old Testament and Leadership. All candidates are making very good progress and are expected to return to EGST in the next two years.

Female Faculty Development Candidates

 The seven current faculty development candidates are male. EGST is committed to have female faculty as well. Initial interviews have been conducted with potential female candidates for the purpose of sending three female faculty development candidates to begin PhD study within the next three years.

 Risks

 In sending students overseas for doctoral studies, there is always the risk that they choose not to return to Ethiopia but to remain overseas with the benefit of the higher standard of living.  EGST recognizes this risk but considers that it is worth taking to ensure that EGST faculty have a broad and strong academic background.  To mitigate this risk, however, EGST has carefully vetted the candidates for their commitment to their church and country and desire to serve God in Ethiopia.  In addition, EGST requires each candidate to sign a legal agreement with EGST governing the terms of their study overseas and their undertaking to return to join the teaching faculty of EGST on completion of their studies. The candidate is also required to provide a financial guarantor for repayment of scholarship should the candidate not return to Ethiopia. 

 Exit Strategy

 EGST’s faculty development project has a limited life-span. Once EGST has sufficient number of faculty with doctorate level qualifications, sending doctoral candidates to institutions in Europe and America will be stopped. After the present  candidates, plus three additional female candidates, have completed their doctoral studies, the EGST Faculty Development Project will come to an end. The ultimate goal is to establish a PhD programme at EGST so that future candidates will be able to remain in the country while completing a doctorate.

 Need

Approximately USD 106,000 is needed to enable the current faculty development candidates to complete their programmes. In addition, once potential female candidates have been identified, money will be needed for their programmes. For further information about donating money to support these candidates, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

 

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