A CATALYST FOR ACADEMIC IMPROVEMENT
Those who hear about the FUM Field Staff and see my title, “Academic Consultant” may wonder what such a person does at Friends Theological College. Sometimes I wonder what I do as well, but it’s a rewarding niche in one of FUM’s unique and important ministries, Friends Theological College. In a nutshell, the title means that I help with academic projects that fit my experience and skills and are consistent with the needs and priorities of the Principal of FTC, Ann Riggs.
One way to explain what I do is to describe the projects I worked on during my October, 2012 trip:
- - Discussed the next steps in FTC’s accreditation process with the principal and the staff member who will be most directly involved with it. As soon as the accrediting agency gives us the green light, this will be the central focus of my work with FTC for at least the coming two years.
- - Made some revisions in the FTC catalog, so it could be ready to go to the accrediting group.
- - Met with a faculty member about a doctoral program that would fit his goals, his schedule, and his limited financial resources.
- - Hosted two visitors from the U.S., one of whom helps administer a graduate program in teacher education in the U.S. He spoke to the FTC convocation about taking responsibility for one’s learning.
- - Also helped facilitate a meeting of the visitors with the coordinators of the FTC work projects, focusing on ways of maximizing the learning process for students working in the projects.
- - Attended an FTC volleyball and soccer (football) match to encourage the students in their enjoyment of physical activity and friendly competition.
- - Spoke in the Missions and Evangelism class about Friends mission work in Burundi, Rwanda, and Congo.
- - Attended the morning worship sessions and a Sunday praise rally.
- - Delivered some flash drives for staff and students who needed them for administrative and class projects.
- - Drank more chai (tea with milk) than I drank the entire time since I was last in Kenya.
I enjoy the variety of my work with FTC. I believe in the lasting benefits of helping see the accreditation process through to success. I’m impressed with the quality of FTC faculty, staff, and students. I enjoy each new thing I learn about Kenyan culture and delight in being a part of the FTC family.