Deans and Heads of Departments from the College of Humanities and Social Sciences (CHUSS) on Thursday 8th September, 2022 converged at Hilton Garden Hotel in Kamwokya to critique and provide input into the research works of the Grantees funded by the Center of Excellence in Research, Teaching and Learning (CERTL).
CHUSS received a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation of New York for the establishment of a Center of Excellence in Research, Teaching and Learning (CERTL).
The primary aim of CERTL is to explore and develop mechanisms of strengthening and promoting teaching and learning in the humanities and social sciences.
The centre provides small grants for short term research and covers costs related to baseline study, data collection, analysis, report writing, computing costs and consumables
The grantees received funding last year 2021 and were presenting their research findings. The half day workshop was opened by the Director CERTL Prof. Andrew Elias State and closed by the Principal CHUSS Prof. Josephine Ahikire moderated by Dr. Levis Mugumya and Dr. Edgar Nabutanyi.
The grantees whose research work focused on pedagogical practices at Makerere University are expected to publish in journal papers and included Dr. Gerald Walulya, Dr. Kasozi Mutaawe and Mr. Nicholas Mugabi. Others were Dr. George Okiror and Prof. Julius Kiiza.
Closing the workshop, the Principal CHUSS. Prof. Josephine Ahikire thanked researchers for the effort and recollected the goal of CERTL.
Prof. Ahikire said, the college learnt from other universities that the centers are not about addressing administrative challenges because administrative issues can be channeled through administrative processes.
“So Centers of Excellence in teaching and learning are about improving the experience in the university and adding value to what the units are already doing. In our case as CHUSS, Professor Elias state and professor Mushengyezi made a round tour across the globe to South Africa, USA to see what other centers are focused on”. The Principal recalled.
Prof. Ahikiire said, while some centers are more focused on writing skills, CHUSS focus is on improving the competences of academic staff to deliver given the history of neoliberal reforms, the history of increasing numbers and the demonization of humanities.