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Richard Wamai

Assistant Professor

r.wamai@neu.edu

Alma Maters: BA, Egerton Kenya; Ms.Soc., Univ. of Helsinki Fin; PhD, Univ. of Helsinki
Classes Taught: AFRS 3424; AFRS 3465; AFRS 2900; AFRS 4939; GST 6700; GST 6710; GST 6730
Countries Traveled To: KE, UG, RW, ET, TZ, EG, SA, BR, CL, AR, CA, JO, Il, Scandinavia (all), EU
Companies Worked For: HVD,BU,Oxfrd,JHU,WrldBnk,LSE,Nordic-Afr Inst,UHelsinki,UNairobi,UNAIDS,TokyoFdn
What is your style of teaching?
The lectures I give aim to stimulate students' thinking. I facilitate the learning process empowering students to express their thoughts
What materials and media do you use in the classroom?
I provide selected reading materials for each class. I use power points, which I post, also the readings for each class, on the course website in Blackboard
What is the most engaging assignment you give?
In place of sit-in exams, students do a Term Paper, and submit bi-weekly reflective papers. These allow students to develop critical writing skills
When grading a student, what do you look for?
Grading criteria comprise attendance, participation, response papers, term paper. I assess timeliness and activeness in class, and reading and writing skills
What kind of student would love your class?
All those who love to learn new things, challenge their experiences and develop reading and writing skills
What is one piece of advice you have for students?
Love the classes you take; develop great relationships with your professors, you will need them.
What area in your field are you most knowledgeable about?
In all areas of my work in public health policy, health systems, HIV/AIDS, other neglected tropical diseases; also on conflict and development in Africa
What is one accomplishment you are proud of?
Publishing my scholarly work so others including students and policy makers can benefit
Are you currently involved in something interesting outside the classroom?
Yes, 5 research projects in African countries: 1 on health systems in 15 countries; 1 on birth registrations; 2 on HIV/AIDS in 5 countries; 1 on NTDs in Kenya
Is there anything else the student should know before taking your class?
I am passionate about my work, passionate about learning, passionate about teaching. Work with me, relax you will enjoy class and learn a whole lot

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