University of Liberia  Promotes Several Distinguished Faculty Members to Rank of Professor

Dr. Josephus Moses Gray, PhD; Associate Professor and Dean of Liberia College

It is clearly stated that let your work so shine before men (world) so they can see your good work and glorify your Father in Heaven and by extension, give a man his flowers while he or is alive and can smell the fragrant. By the same token it is vividly glaring that being cognizant of the undeniable efforts, devotion and commitment exhibited through careful observation, in recent times, while many developing countries have shown great interest in improving their higher education’s systems, and investing in their best flagship into world-class academic establishments of refined knowledge and wise council, so true that the University of Liberia (UL) has not been on a nap spree.

In view of the above mentioned, it is appealing on the home front (UL) based credibility of their accomplishments in the areas of  research, quality teaching, and service that the UL with gratefulness is delighted to recognize the praiseworthy performances of some of the distinguished professors.

Dr. Lester Z. Tenny, PhD/ Professor

Swelling with proud and big chest, the University of Liberia being no exception in awarding the gesture of recognition and being one of the best universities in the areas of academic excellence, research, quality teaching, and creative thinking, harbors no qualms in calling a spade a spade.

Moreover, at the university, students receive a top-quality education, while faculty and students are held in high esteem and standard. The University of Liberia on Wednesday promoted several distinguished faculty members to various ranks including Assistant Professor, Associate professor and Professor.

The honor is in recognition of the honorees’ high accomplishments and notable academic works as faculty of the nation’s flagship university.  In an official statement, the President of the University of Liberia, Rev., Dr. Julius S. Nelson informed the joint-Faculty-Senate-Assembly last week Wednesday that the promotions were consistent with recognized best practices and the policies of the university.

According to Dr. Nelson, the promoted faculty members have consistently earned high ratings in evaluations, and in addition, have distinguished themselves in their respective areas of service to the university and in their professional fields.

Dr.Bernice Dahn, Professor

Those promoted to a full professor rank include Cllr. Gloria Maya Musu-Scott, Professor. Cllr. Scott who previously served as Associate Professor, teaches at the Louis Arthur Grimes School of Law, and once served as Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Liberia. Dr. Bernice T. Dahn, Professor and teaches at the  A.M. Dogliotti College of Medicine in Monrovia. Dr. Dahn who formerly served as Associate Professor, is currently Vice President for Health Sciences, University of Liberia.  She also served as former Minister of Health and for almost nine years.  Again, Dr. Dahn served as the Deputy Minister of Health and Chief Medical Officer (CMO) for the Republic of Liberia.

Those promoted to the rank of Associate Professor include Dr. Josephus Moses Gray, PhD, Dean of Liberia College and Professor of international relations at the IBB Graduate School of International Studies, Dr. Lester Zomatic Tenny,PhD, Professor of Economics at the UL MBA Graduate Studies and Dr. John G. Keykpo, Director of Graduate Program in Education.

The system of academic promotion provides a mechanism for the achievements of staff to annually be recognized, and those being honored have emerged as leaders in their respective areas of service.

Associate Professors are leaders in their area of specialization, and not just good teachers, but mentors, and have established a national or international reputation in their area of study that can only come with time and experience. Associate Professor is also an instructional staff member whose work and performance meet satisfactory appraisal and satisfied other conditions laid down and may be employed with such rank.

The minimum qualifications for the rank of Associate Professor include an earned academic Ph.D. degree or appropriate terminal degree, or master’s degree with extensive experience in teaching, research, and publication. At least three or four years’ experience at the rank of Assistant Professor and recognized teaching effectiveness as determined through departments and monitoring evaluations.

The hallmark of success in academe is faculty promotion and the rank of “full” professor is the highest status for faculty and it is gained through the promotion process. In most cases, promotion criteria require faculty to demonstrate teaching effectiveness, research productivity, and service to the institution, professional, and the communities.

Meanwhile, Dr. Josephus Gray imbued with great experience in quality teaching and rising research, also brings a commitment to research excellence, a commitment to teaching excellence, and innovation to the university community.  Dr. Gray joined the university faculty team as an adjunct faculty for three years and ascended to a full-time faculty as an Assistant Professor in 2018.

He supervised about 60 graduate students’ theses over the last four years and also supervised a PhD candidate’s dissertation in Australia. Dr. Gray heads a college of more than 200 faculty members of which 96 persons are bachelor’s degree holders, 105 individuals hold master’s degrees and 11 doctoral degree holders.

Dr. Gray  earned his Ph.D. Degree with high distinction (Magna Cum Laude) in International Relations and Foreign Policy Studies Diplomacy from  CEDS University located on  37 Quai de Grenelle, 75015, Paris, France.   Dr. Gray’s Ph.D. dissertation: “The Effect of Diplomacy: Liberia, America, China Triangular Relations”, was successfully defended before a the jury of five French distinguished professors and recognized researchers including Prof. Dr. Faund Nohra, Ph.D., Associate Professor at Paris Descartes and Academic Director of CEDS;  Prof. Dr. Michael Strauss, Ph.D.,  Professor at CEDS;  Prof. Dr. Michael Lebedev, Ph.D. Professor at CEDS and Diplomat and  Prof. Dr. Souha Akiki, President of Paris Graduate School and Professor at CEDS University.

Dr. Gray’s Ph.D. dissertation contains 566 pages, 3,123 paragraphs, 202, 916 words and 2, 470, 268 characters both single and double spacing, while it contains 9,750 punctuation marks, 16,265 lines,  855 in-text citations and 356 references.

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