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Minimum Requirements Of Becoming A Professor In Nigeria by seguntijan(m): 5:23pm On Aug 25, 2019
Holding the academic rank of professor is no child’s play in Nigeria. There are certain minimum requirements expected to be fulfilled for such a person to be promoted to the professorial rank.

The hurdles towards that are among the most rigorous around and is in line with minimum standards obtainable in older university systems outside Africa.

In this post, EduCeleb.com presents details of that, as is currently obtainable in the Nigerian University System.

Who is a professor?

A professor is an academic rank in universities and research institutions in most countries. According to the Online Etymology Dictionary, professor is derived from Old French professeur and a Latin word meaning “person who professes” being an expert in a particular field.

In most climes, “professor” is the most senior academic position. People informally refer to it as “full professor”.

Where the word professor is used in titles of lower ranks such as associate professor or assistant professor, the word is colloquially used for anyone in an academic post. That is obtainable in the United States.

In Nigeria, a teacher at the tertiary education level is called a lecturer. The highest possible rank a lecturer can attain, especially in a university, is that of professor.

It is common that a professor teaches the undergraduate, professional and postgraduate courses, and conducts research in his/her area of specialisation.

Minimum requirements of becoming a professor in Nigeria

A doctorate degree in the area of specialisation

First, a professorial candidate must have an area of specialisation and would only attain professorship in that area. The person must have obtained a doctorate degree in that specific area of specialisation.

For medical scientists, a recognised professional fellowship is generally accepted although in a few years’ time, insistence on a doctorate degree in the special area of medicine with be the acceptable minimum.

With the proliferation of unapproved universities in Nigeria and elsewhere, any degree obtained from an institution not recognised by the National Universities Commission (NUC) is deemed fake.

The NUC ordinarily keeps a list of illegal universities but that is inexhaustible. Then, not all Nigerian universities have accreditation to run postgraduate degrees in all their programmes.

It is therefore the responsibility of an individual to be sure that the university and the specific course is accredited by the NUC or an equivalent agency in the country where they are obtaining the degree.

Aside a doctorate degree in an area of specialisation, it is also required that the person has years of teaching experience too.

Generally, what counts here is years teaching in a university or other tertiary-level institution. So, years teaching at primary or secondary schools may not be put into consideration in the Nigerian University System.

The person is expected to have, at least, three years of teaching, research and community service at each of the four main levels of lectureship. These levels are Lecturer Grade 2, Lecturer Grade 1, Senior Lecturer and Associate Professor.

Therefore, before being considered for promotion or appointment to the rank of full Professor, the academic/scholar would have put in a minimum of twelve years of university teaching and research.

Assessment of scholarship

The assessment of scholarship is the most important requirement for someone to be ranked a professor in Nigeria. Without this, the two earlier conditions could keep a Senior Lecturer or Associate Professor in one rank for as long as possible.

This assessment involves an evaluation of the published works of the full professorial candidate by seasoned much senior full Professors in the field of the candidate.

Publication of articles in high-impact international journals increases the candidate’s chances. Classically, a minimum of 60 internationally-published works will qualify a candidate to receive a positive assessment.

At least one of the assessors is expected to be from a well-ranked university outside Nigeria, preferably from Europe or North America (this is not usually the case).

Two positive assessments will, at least, qualify the candidate for the final step, which is screening via a rigorous oral interview.

The interview is a composite assessment of the candidate on teaching (length and quality) research (scores returned by the eternal assessors) and community service (internal and external).

With an overall score exceeding a set minimum by the university, the candidate is then processed to the University Council for appointment as professor.

There may be variations to how each university finally admits a professorial candidate but older universities would always give priority to these minimum requirements.

https://educeleb.com/requirements-becoming-professor-nigeria/

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Re: Minimum Requirements Of Becoming A Professor In Nigeria by naijacentric(m): 7:21pm On Aug 25, 2019
whats so speacial about a professor abegi and yet most of dem have no solutuons to Nigeria's problems. They are even the biggest headaches in Nigerian university.

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Re: Minimum Requirements Of Becoming A Professor In Nigeria by Raylight2(m): 8:34pm On Aug 25, 2019
naijacentric:
whats so speacial about a professor abegi and yet most of dem have no solutuons to Nigeria's problems. They are even the biggest headaches in Nigerian university.
no! the junior lecturers are

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Re: Minimum Requirements Of Becoming A Professor In Nigeria by wonlasewonimi: 8:39pm On Aug 25, 2019
Guy....just put Prof. in front of your name.

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Re: Minimum Requirements Of Becoming A Professor In Nigeria by naijacentric(m): 8:39pm On Aug 25, 2019
Raylight2:
no! the junior lecturers are
bros dose profs behave like tin gods upon its not even our own educational system o

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Re: Minimum Requirements Of Becoming A Professor In Nigeria by Raylight2(m): 8:41pm On Aug 25, 2019
naijacentric:
bros dose profs behave like tin gods upon its not even our own educational system o
possible sha. I must have been judging by those I'm exposed to

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Re: Minimum Requirements Of Becoming A Professor In Nigeria by Raylight2(m): 8:41pm On Aug 25, 2019
wonlasewonimi:
Guy....just put Prof. in front of your name.
lol...who?

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Re: Minimum Requirements Of Becoming A Professor In Nigeria by naijacentric(m): 8:45pm On Aug 25, 2019
[quote author=Raylight2 post=81604312] possible sha. I must have been judging by those I'm exposed to[/quotpe] you are also right even graduate assistants sef show theirselves too.

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Re: Minimum Requirements Of Becoming A Professor In Nigeria by Raylight2(m): 9:02pm On Aug 25, 2019
[quote author=naijacentric post=81604465][/quote]yes

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Re: Minimum Requirements Of Becoming A Professor In Nigeria by Meel: 9:37pm On Aug 25, 2019
professorship is an appointment,

Do you care to explain how people who are profs but don't have PhD go about it?? e. g woke Soyinka.

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Re: Minimum Requirements Of Becoming A Professor In Nigeria by Davoneskay(m): 10:49pm On Aug 25, 2019
Emphasis should be placed on the students of the intending professor. Do many fail his course or not? Cos it is worrisome to find out that some became professors but have high number of students who have spill, splash, and splush. Hence, such people don't worth being profs. cos they themselves are failures.

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Re: Minimum Requirements Of Becoming A Professor In Nigeria by Lamasta(m): 11:15pm On Aug 25, 2019
Politicians have devalued academics in Nigeria making the office of a professor less attractive e.g during electoral processes that's where You will know that some of this professors are incompetent.

But I always cherish my Supervisor/Professor who supervised my final year project he made me fell in love with Chemistry from my year 1 till I graduated and I was fortunate to still be assigned under him in my finals, He made me enjoy the joy of doing research as an undergraduate then, I pray for him everyday that the knowledge of Chemistry he instill in me together with his colleagues I will continue to teach other Chemistry students till I attain that professorship level too.

God bless Professor M.F may you live long...

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Re: Minimum Requirements Of Becoming A Professor In Nigeria by Mandyoluchi(m): 11:46pm On Aug 25, 2019
Is Jubril a prof?

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Re: Minimum Requirements Of Becoming A Professor In Nigeria by Nobody: 9:58am On Aug 26, 2019
cc:lalasticlala kindly move this

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Re: Minimum Requirements Of Becoming A Professor In Nigeria by Ologogoro: 10:50am On Aug 26, 2019
They rig election for our politicians with less educational qualification

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Re: Minimum Requirements Of Becoming A Professor In Nigeria by PatrickOkunima(m): 12:44pm On Aug 26, 2019
Meel:
professorship is an appointment,

Do you care to explain how people who are profs but don't have PhD go about it?? e. g woke Soyinka.


In the past, it was possible to become a prof without PhD. Assessment was based on other criteria, like journal publications, etc. But today, to even become a senior lecturer in a Nigerian University, you must have a PhD. Some schools even insist on PhD for Lecturer 1.

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Re: Minimum Requirements Of Becoming A Professor In Nigeria by Freemanbobble: 9:45am On Aug 27, 2019
Okay

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Re: Minimum Requirements Of Becoming A Professor In Nigeria by HOLYDICK(m): 9:46am On Aug 27, 2019
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Re: Minimum Requirements Of Becoming A Professor In Nigeria by Mays24(f): 9:46am On Aug 27, 2019
cheesy

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Re: Minimum Requirements Of Becoming A Professor In Nigeria by PureGoldh(m): 9:47am On Aug 27, 2019
Nice post

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Re: Minimum Requirements Of Becoming A Professor In Nigeria by Realist5: 9:47am On Aug 27, 2019
Gradually, we will get to that.
My wish is to become a Professor in 15 years time. May God Almighty see me through. Amen.

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Re: Minimum Requirements Of Becoming A Professor In Nigeria by Temptee101(m): 9:48am On Aug 27, 2019
Iffa hear

Na highest bidder now, and on man know man levels

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Re: Minimum Requirements Of Becoming A Professor In Nigeria by eben2marketer: 9:48am On Aug 27, 2019
sad

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Re: Minimum Requirements Of Becoming A Professor In Nigeria by loadedvibes: 9:49am On Aug 27, 2019
In summary ?

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Re: Minimum Requirements Of Becoming A Professor In Nigeria by 36STATES: 9:51am On Aug 27, 2019
So how did OSUBANDE become Prof since he has no PHD?
Soyinka own is ok, but that midget own is pure fraud.

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Re: Minimum Requirements Of Becoming A Professor In Nigeria by naijadrivablog: 9:51am On Aug 27, 2019
Sorry to say this, most of our professors are still 30yrs behind in knowledge.

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Re: Minimum Requirements Of Becoming A Professor In Nigeria by CanadaOrBust: 9:51am On Aug 27, 2019
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Re: Minimum Requirements Of Becoming A Professor In Nigeria by Nobody: 9:52am On Aug 27, 2019
But many of our professors today never meant up to these requirements yet they were given the title.

I have information to that.

It was all connections, loyalty and also godfatherism.

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