CK. Tedam University of Technology & Applied Sciences
Prof. Eric Magnus Wilmot holds a Ph.D. in Curriculum, Teaching and Educational Policy (with specialization in mathematics education) from the Michigan State University in the US in 2008. His Bachelor’s degree concentration was in Mathematics (major) and Physics (minor) in 1988 and his Master’s in Mathematics Education in 1997, both from the University of Cape Coast (UCC), where he also obtained a Diploma in Education in 1988.
He has teaching experience from the University of Cape Coast and five other tertiary institutions in the US namely, Michigan State University, Lansing Community College (both in the State of Michigan), Unity College, Kennebec Valley Community College and the University of Maine at Orono, (all in the State of Maine).
He has also worked on a number of local and externally funded research projects in Ghana. These include the World Bank funded Secondary Education Improvement Project (SEIP) from 2016 to 2019, UNICEF Ghana’s Child Friendly School (CFS) Project in 2011, Pasty Collins Trust Fund Initiative (PCTFI)’s funded CARE/Ghana Kumasi office’s IMAGE project from 2008 to 2010, the First and Second Improving Educational Quality (IEQ I & II) Projects in Ghana from 1993 to 1997 and 1999 to 2001, the Rockefeller Foundation’s funded Female Education in Mathematics and Science in Africa(FEMSA) Project in Ghana from 1995 to 1997, Whole School Development Process, a project of the then Teacher Education Division of the Ministry of Education Ghana, which was sponsored by the Overseas Development Agency (ODA), Britain and the Improving Learning through Partnership (ILP) Project in Ghana, one of United States Agency for International Development (USAID)’s Quality Improvement in Primary Schools (QUIPS) project in Ghana in 1998 and the Nursing and Midwifery Council of Ghana’s sponsored projects that investigated factors that contributed to the poor performance of nurse/midwife trainees’ on their licensing examinations in Ghana in 2012 to 2013, as well as development and validation of instruments for research aimed at investigating the attitudes of nurses and midwives in Ghana’s health delivery system from 2013 to 2015. And between 1989 and 2001, he worked for the West African Examinations Council serving in several capacities from being an Assistant Examiner and Team leader at the General Certificate of Education, Ordinary Level (GCE “O” Level) and the West African Senior Secondary Certificate Examinations (WASSCE) to being a moderator of Mathematics papers of the then General Certificate of Education, Advanced Level (GCE “A” Level) Examinations, as well as the Chief Examiner of the Mathematics papers of the Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE), in charge of the Western Region of Ghana.
Prof Wilmot has also worked a number of research projects outside Ghana in countries such as Malawi, Mali, Ethiopia and the US. For Instance, in 2003, the College of Education at the Michigan State University in the US won a bid from the USAID to help restructure teacher education in Ethiopia and Prof Wilmot he worked as a member of the Michigan State University’s College of Education team in charge of the mathematics programmes. In Malawi, he worked on as a member mathematics consultant/resource person to Miske Witt & Associate Inc. (MWAI) team that provided technical support to the projects to two USAID sponsored projects, undertaken by American Institutes of Research (AIR), Washington, DC, The Malawi Teacher Training Activity (MTTA) and the Primary School Support Program (PSSP) in 2005 and 2008 respectively. In Mali, he worked as a consultant to Minnesota International Development and Education Consortium (MIDEC) on the Development Education for Girls’ Empowerment (DEGE II), project funded by the Pasty Collins Trust Fund Initiative (PCTFI). Between 2004 and 2007, he worked as a research assistant on the Knowledge of Algebra for Teaching (KAT) Project at the Division and Mathematics and Science Education of the Michigan State University in the US during his doctoral study. At the time of his appointment as Interim Vice-Chancellor of CKT-UTAS, Prof Wilmot was engaged in on-going research into mathematical knowledge for teaching college-level calculus at the Department of Mathematics and Statistics of the University of Maine at Orono, ME in the US.
He has over 50 publications to his credit (including those in refereed journals, research reports, editing of textbooks and book chapters) and has made more than 20 presentations at national and international conferences.
Prior to being appointed as Interim Vice-Chancellor of C. K. Tedam University of Technology and Applied Sciences he was a Libra Professor of Mathematics Education at the Department of Mathematics and Statistics of the University of Maine at Orono, ME, in the USA. Earlier on, from August 2016 to July 2019, Prof. Wilmot was the Provost of the College of Education Studies of the University of Cape Coast. In his tenure as Provost, he initiated the Strategic Vision planning process and led a College-wide process culminating in a five-year strategic plan for research and development for the College of Education at the University of Cape Coast. In addition, while at UCC, he was one of the people who led the development of a new four-year degree programme for pre-service elementary school teachers in the Colleges of Education affiliated to the University of Cape Coast in Ghana. At UCC he also held the position of Head of the then Department of Science and Mathematics Education from August 2013 to July 2016. In 2016, he won an election to have become the first Dean of the Faculty of Science and Technology Education at UCC from August 1, 2016. He, however, had to relinquish the position and move up to the Provost position that very day after he was appointed the first Provost of the entire College of Education Studies. In addition to these offices he also held three top offices of the University of Cape Coast branch of the University Teachers’ Association of Ghana (UTAG); Vice President in 1999 to 2000, Acting President in 2000 to 2001 and President from 2009 to 2011.
Among his awards and recognitions are the U.S. Fulbright Scholarship which sponsored the first two years of his doctoral studies from 2001 to 2003, the Anderson-Schwille Endowed Fellowship for Best International Student, College of Education, Michigan State University in 2003, and the Michigan State University’s College of Education Alumni Endowed Scholarship also in 2003, the Best Dissertation Award in his area during his master’s degree at the University of Cape Coast in 1997.
Between 2009 and 2015, Prof. Wilmot served as a member of the Editorial and Publications Committee of the Mathematical Association of Ghana (MAG). He has also since 2009 served as the lead Assessment and Curriculum Consultant for the Nursing and Midwifery Council of Ghana and also as a member of the editorial board of the Nursing and Midwifery (NUMID) Journal, the journal for professional nurses and midwives in Ghana since 2016.
Currently, he is the Chairperson of the Governing Council of the National Inspectorate Board of the Ministry of Education in Ghana and serves on the Advisory Board of Ghana’s Minister of Education. He was also the Mathematics Panel Leader for the development of Ghana’s Primary School Standards-based curriculum for the Ministry of Education from 2017 to 2019.
Prof. Wilmot is married to Mrs. Vida Vera Wilmot, a lecturer at the Takoradi Technical University, with whom he has three children.