PADA Faculty


PADA's international faculty members have vast experience in graduate teaching and supervision, publishing, research, grant-writing, and project administration. Many also hold or have held roles in university administration as Vice-Chancellors, Deans, Directors, Heads of Department and Program Coordinators.  This combination of expertise makes them excellent guides for PhD students and early career faculty navigating the academic environment in Africa and globally. 

Professor Ivan Addae-Mensah is a former Vice-Chancellor and a Professor of Chemistry at the University of Ghana. He was educated at the University of Ghana, where he obtained BSc and MSc degrees in Chemistry, and Churchill College, University of Cambridge where he obtained a PhD. He was appointed a Lecturer in Chemistry at the University of Ghana in October 1970. He has taught and conducted research in universities in Ghana, Nigeria, Kenya, and in Germany where he was a Fellow of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation. He became the Dean of the Faculty of Science before being appointed the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Ghana (1996-2002). He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry (UK); the Ghana Academy of Arts and Sciences; and the Ghana Chemical Society. He has published a considerable number of books and research papers.
Course: Communicating Research Results for the Sciences

Mrs. Theodosia Adanu is a Senior Assistant Librarian at the University of Ghana. She heads the Institute of African Studies Library and was formerly Head of Electronic Resources at the University of Ghana. She has as extensive knowledge with e-databases in different subject areas and has supported the university’s School of Graduate Studies in the training of post-graduate students. She has an MPhil in Library Studies.
Courses: Managing the PhD Process (including Managing the Literature Review)

Professor Pius Adesanmi is a Professor of English and African Studies, and the Director of the Institute of African Studies, at Carleton University in Canada. He is the winner of the inaugural Penguin Prize for African Writing (2010) in the non-fiction category with his book, You’re not a Country, Africa. A widely-cited commentator on African affairs, he has lectured widely in Universities in Africa, Europe, and North America, notably on such platforms as the Stanford Forum for African Studies, the International Leadership Platform of the University of Johannesburg, the lecture series of the Thabo Mbeki African Leadership Institute, and the lecture series of the Academy of Science of South Africa. Prof. Adesanmi served on the Diaspora Consultation series of the African Union's Agenda 2063 and has consulted for several universities across Africa on institutional capacity building.
Courses: Managing the PhD Process and Leadership Skills and Career Development for the Emerging Scholar


Dr. Jemima Anderson is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of English, University of Ghana. She holds a PhD and MPhil in English from the University of Ghana and an MA in General Linguistics from Indiana University. She had held a visiting fellowship at Yale University and was a Fulbright Fellow at Indiana University, Bloomington. She is a co-editor of Crossing Linguistic Borders in Post-Colonial Anglophone Africa, and others of her work have been published in the Journal of Pragmatics, Sociolinguistics Studies, and Linguistic Atlantica.
Course: Academic Writing and Presentation Skills


Dr. Nana Akua Anyidoho is a researcher at the Institute of Statistical, Social and Economic Research (ISSER) at the University of Ghana. She has an interdisciplinary background, with a foundation in psychology and additional training in sociology, political science, statistics and economics, and in quantitative and qualitative methodologies. Dr. Anyidoho is widely published and has taught and supervised graduate students for twelve years. She is currently the President of the Ghana Studies Association, an affiliate of the African Studies Association. Her research and publications can be found on www.researchgate.com and www.isser.ug.edu.gh
Course: Managing the PhD process and Qualitative Research Methodology


Dr. Lydia Aziato is the Ag. Dean of the School of Nursing and Midwifery and also Head of Department of Adult Health at the University of Ghana. She has a BA in Nursing and Psychology and an MPhil in Nursing from the University of Ghana, and a PhD from the University of the Western Cape, South Africa. Her research interests span pain management, surgical nursing, and oncology with a special interest in breast cancer. She has advanced skills in qualitative research and supervises post-graduate students in qualitative research. She has published findings from her qualitative studies in both local and international journals.
Courses: Managing the PhD process, Qualitative Research Methodology and Use of Selected Computer Packages for Data Analysis (Nvivo)


Dr. Mjiba Frehiwot is a Research Fellow in the History and Politics section of the Institute of African Studies, University of Ghana. She holds a PhD in African Studies from Howard University, a MA in Social Work from California State University Sacramento and a BA in Social Work and African-American Studies from San Jose State University. Dr. Frehiwot’s research primarily focuses on Pan-Africanism, Kwame Nkrumah and Education, and the use of formal and informal education as a vehicle to expose Africans to Pan-African Consciousness as a foundation for development.
Course: Innovative Thinking in Teaching and Learning


Professor Audrey Gadzkekpo is an Associate Professor and the Dean of the School of Communications at the University of Ghana. She has a PhD in African Studies from the University of Birmingham, an MA in Communications from Brigham Young University, and a BA in English from the University of Ghana. Audrey Gadzekpo has more than 20 years of experience in teaching, research and advocacy and more than 25 years’ practical experience as a journalist, working variously as a reporter, editor, contributor, columnist, talk show host, socio-political commentator and magazine publisher/editor. Her research interests and publications reflect the nexus between media and gender; media, politics and democratic governance; media and developmental imperatives and media and conflict.
Course: Communicating Research Results for the Sciences and Presentation Skills


Professor Christopher Gordon is an Associate Professor and  the current Director of the Institute for Environment and Sanitation Studies at the University of Ghana. He holds a PhD in Human Environmental Sciences, King’s College, London, and a BSc (Hons.) and Masters in Zoology from the University of Ghana. In 1999 he was presented with the Distinguished Award for Meritorious Service by the University of Ghana. Prof. Gordon has over 80 scientific publications. Two of his students have won the Ghana Academy of Arts and Sciences Silver Medal for Best Thesis.
Course: Presentation Skills


Dr. Samuel Iddi is a lecturer at the Department of Statistics, University of Ghana. He holds a BSc in Mathematics from Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology and an MSc and PhD in Biostatistics from the University of Hasselt and University of Leuven, respectively. His research focucses on hierarchical and marginalized models for correlated, over-dispersed, zero-inflated models for non-Gaussian longitudinal, and repeated measures outcomes with application to life science studies. Dr. Iddi’s work has resulted in a number of scientific publications in international, peer-reviewed statistical and probability journals.
Course: Sampling Techniques and Data Analysis and Use of Selected Computer Packages for Research Data Analysis: "R"


Dr. Anani Lotsi holds a BA degree in Statistics and Computer Science from the University of Ghana, an MSc in Financial Mathematics from the University of Kaiserslautern, and a PhD in Statistics from the University of Groningen. Dr. Lotsi is a lecturer at the Department of Statistics, University of Ghana and has over ten years of teaching and research experience. His research interests is in network and high-dimensional analysis using penalized maximum likelihood inferences, design and model choice, mixture model, graphical modelling and big data analysis.
Course: Sampling Techniques and Data Analysis, Statistics for Social and Life Sciences and Use of Selected Computer Packages for Research Data Analysis: "R"


Professor Joseph Mensah is a Professor of the Department of Geography at York University in Toronto. He completed first degree at the University of Ghana, and his MA and PHD at the Wilfrid Laurier University and the University of Alberta, respectively. His research and teaching interests are in research methods, quantitative techniques, and critical development theory. Professor Mensah is a prolific scholar, and a recipient of numerous competitive grants from the likes of the Gates Foundation, ILO, GDN, and SSHRC. For more information on his work, visit www.yorku.ca/jmensah
Courses: Quantitative Research Techniques Using SPSS


Dr. Ezekiel Nortey has a PhD in Statistics from the University of Ghana and has over thirteen years of teaching experience at the tertiary level. He is former Head of Department for the Statistics Department, University of Ghana. Dr. Nortey’s research interests are in time series analysis, risk modelling, extreme value modelling, nonparametric estimation and Bayesian analysis.
Courses: Sampling Techniques and Data Analysis and Statistics for Social and Life Sciences


Professor Yaw Oheneba-Sakyi is a Professor of Sociology and the Founding Dean of the School of Continuing and Distance Education, University of Ghana. He brings over 27 years of experience working at higher educational institutions in the USA and Ghana, with teaching and research interests in educational technology and innovation, critical thinking, contemporary issues in adult education, distance education and e-learning. He holds a PhD from Brigham Young University; an MA from the State University of New York at Albany; and a BA from the University of Ghana. He is a recipient of several grants and awards and has numerous publications to his credit.
Courses: Innovative Thinking in Teaching and Learning


Professor Kwamena Sagoe is an Associate Professor in the Department of Medical Microbiology of the School of Biomedical and Allied Health Sciences, University of Ghana. He is a Molecular and Public Health Virologist, has published in areas including diagnostics, co-infections, and drug resistance, and is an accredited examiner and supervisor for SGS. He has offered Ad-hoc Reviewer services for several journals including the Journal of Medical Virology, PLOS ONE, Indian Journal of Medical Research, Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome, West African Journal of Medicine and the Journal of AIDS & Clinical Research. He is currently on the editorial board of Journal of Clinical Virology (JCV), and in 2013 was awarded a certificate of excellence for reviewing by Elsevier and JCV for his outstanding contribution to the quality of the journal. He is active in the teaching and supervision of postgraduate students.
Courses: Managing the PhD Process (including Managing the Literature Review)


Dr. Henry Tagoe is a research consultant and part-time lecturer with advanced analytical skills in both quantitative and qualitative research methodologies, and extensive knowledge in research design, implementation, and monitoring and evaluation (M&E). He holds a PhD and an MPhil in Population Studies (Demography), a BA in Geography and Resource Development, and a Certificate in Statistics, all from the University of Ghana. Dr. Tagoe's research interest lies in the nexus of population, health and development at the macro and micro levels, focusing on health policy and systems, disease burdens (both chronic and non-communicable), and other infections tropical diseases. 
Courses: Managing the PhD process, Qualitative Research Methodology and Use of Selected Computer Packages for Data Analysis (Nvivo)


Professor Helen Yitah holds BA and MPhil degrees from the University of Ghana and a PhD from the University of South Carolina, Columbia. She has taught various courses on academic writing and literature at both universities. As Chair of her Department, Professor Yitah initiated, led and co-authored new graduate programmes, including a PhD programme and an MA in Contemporary English sandwich programme. Her experience in course development also includes several undergraduate and graduate courses on research methods, literary theory, academic writing, and writing and imaginative literature currently being taught at the Department of English, University of Ghana. A literary scholar and cultural critic, Professor Yitah has published on gender identity in literature, particularly oral and written African literature, American literature and children’s literature in Ghana; on women’s cultural production in colonial and contemporary Africa; and on composition. Her current work includes two edited books, Philosophical Foundations of the Humanities through Postcolonial Perspectives and After the Ceremonies, a collection of new and selected poems by Ama Ata Aidoo.
Courses: Academic Writing