Exploring the Goldmine for Academic Staff Professional Development Programmes in Nigerian Public Universities

  • Bolupe Abayomi Awe Federal University Oye Ekiti - Nigeria http://orcid.org/0000-0001-6379-7457
  • Rose Nkem Tilije National Open University of Nigeria Abuja - Nigeria
  • Veronica Olubunmi Adesua Federal University Oye-Ekiti - Nigeria
Keywords: Academic Staff; Nigerian Universities; Professional development programmes; World class universities.


The paper examined the state of the academic staffing situation in Nigerian Public Universities with various factors constraining their professional development. Funding was identified as a major factor with attendant consequences such as brain drain, academic staff deficit, structural imbalance in the distribution of academic staff and inadequate capacity-building programmes for their staff. The paper observed that most Nigerian universities lack the framework for internal staff development programmes for their academic staff. Various internal capacity building programmes that could be organized using senior academic staff within these universities were proposed. The paper identified professional development programmes in four world-class universities as models that could be adapted by Nigerian universities. The paper concluded that available potentials for academic staff development within Nigerian Public Universities remain largely untapped.


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Author Biographies

Bolupe Abayomi Awe, Federal University Oye Ekiti - Nigeria
Associate Professor of Educational Management Department of Educational Management and Business Studies Faculty of Education, Federal University Oye Ekiti, Nigeria. abayomi.awe@fuoye.edu.ng


Rose Nkem Tilije, National Open University of Nigeria Abuja - Nigeria

Department of Educational Foundations, Faculty of Education, National Open University of Nigeria
Abuja, Nigeria. rtilije@noun.edu.ng

Veronica Olubunmi Adesua, Federal University Oye-Ekiti - Nigeria
Senior lecturer, Department of Educational Management and Business Studies, Faculty of Education, Federal University Oye- Ekiti, Nigeria 


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How to Cite
Awe, B. A., Tilije, R. N., & Adesua, V. O. (2022). Exploring the Goldmine for Academic Staff Professional Development Programmes in Nigerian Public Universities. Religación, 7(32), e210914. https://doi.org/10.46652/rgn.v7i32.914