Plaudits for Covenant as Carnegie Fellow Rounds off Visit
Covenant University is a very unique university. The drive for excellence in teaching and research is palpable as evidenced by their support for faculty research activities, hosting of Carnegie fellows, and community engagement activities.
The forgoing was the goodwill message by Dr. Wura Jacobs, the visiting Carnegie African Diaspora Fellow and assistant professor in the Department of Health Science at California State University, Fullerton, when she was hosted by the Vice-Chancellor, Covenant University, Professor AAA. Atayero, at the conclusion of her working visit to the University.
Dr. Jacobs, who was accompanied by her research collaborator and senior lecturer of Demography and Social Statistics, Covenant University, Dr. Davies Adeloye, said that she was very impressed by the level of interest and engagement exhibited by attendees, which included faculty and students, at the workshop organized by her.
The Carnegie Fellow had during her stay in Covenant organized training on social networks and health, where attendees were taught the theory and history of social networks and its applications in Public Health research and practice. Also, she conducted focus group interviews for instrument validation with adolescents in 5 secondary schools in Ota (Covenant’s host community); and worked on introducing a course on social networks—Demography and Social Networks—either as new course or as a redesign of an existing similar course among others.
Her immediate future plan, she stated, is to collaborate with Dr. Adeloye to work on a pilot study of Nigerian Adolescent Health Risks and Behavior Outcomes, and work with Demography and Social Statistics, e-Health cluster, and the Covenant University Data Analytics Centre (CUDAC) in designing a data repository that can house data from the pilot study, which will be scalable to handle the national adolescent health study already in the works.
In his remarks, the Vice-Chancellor, Professor AAA. Atayero, said that it was a plus to the University to host seasoned researchers like Dr. Jacobs. He added that the University would be glad to welcome her in the foreseeable future and wished her journey mercies back to the United States.
Also on hand at the occasion of the Carnegie Fellow’s farewell visit to the Vice-Chancellor was the Acting Registrar, Mrs. Mary Aboyade.