Professor Michael Thomas (Liverpool John Moores University, UK) has worked in English language teacher development in European and developing world contexts and has particular expertise in the area of ICTs in foreign language learning. He is the editor of 4 international book series, including Digital Education and Learning and Global Educational Policy, and over thirty books and special editions of peer reviewed journals. He has worked closely on several large English language development projects and has considerable expertise in project management and research methods. Professor Thomas is the Principal Investigator of the THEMIS project and his role is project management, quality assurance, research design and writing key reports and outputs.
Dr Oris Tom-Lawyer (Igbinedion University, Nigeria) is a co-investigator on the project. She is an ELT consultant and current Lecturer in English at Igbinedion University in Nigeria. She has extensive networks among English language teachers in Western Africa and knowledge of Nigerian higher education. Dr Tom-Lawyer has conducted several previous studies of curriculum implementation in Nigeria since completing her PhD on the subject at the University of Central Lancashire in the UK and has published papers in peer reviewed journals on the subject. Her role in the project will be to oversee the in-country data collection, data analysis and teacher workshops in Nigeria.
Dr Samuel Amponsah (University of Ghana, Ghana) is a co-investigator on the THEMIS Project. His role is to oversee the in-country data collection, data analysis and teacher workshops in Ghana. Dr Amponsah has published widely in the field of education since his PhD in Curriculum Studies at the University of South Africa. He is a Senior Lecturer and heads the Distance Education Department of the University of Ghana. Prior to joining the University of Ghana, Amponsah lectured and headed the Farming Management Department of Esayidi TVET College in South Africa. He is currently on a Postdoctoral fellowship with the American University in Cairo.
Professor Micheal M.M van Wyk (University of South Africa, South Africa) is a co-investigator on the project. Professor van Wyk is a leading research professor in South Africa with many years of experience. His research interests are in economics education, cooperative learning, self-directed learning, quantitative research methods and auto-ethnography. His role in the project is project management, quality assurance, research design and writing key reports and outputs related to the South African context.
Maureen Sindisiwe Kalane (University of Botswana, Botswana) is a co-investigator on the project. She is a Lecturer of Academic and Professional Communication for Business in the Communication and Study Skills Unit (CSSU) and also teaches Public Relations Campaigns and Legal Communication. She has graduated with an MA English for Specific Purposes (Business Communication) from the University of Warwick in 1999 and she is currently pursuing her PhD. Maureen has a wealth of experience in Teaching English Language, Business English, academic literacy and communication, Professional communication in High Schools and institutions of higher learning. Prior to joining the University of Botswana on full time basis, Maureen Kalane spent ten years at Botswana institute of Administration and Commerce (BIAC) where she was Senior Lecturer and Assistant Head of Department at the Communication and Public Relations Department where she lectured in Business Communication and Public Relations.
Dr Christopher Olusola Omoregie (University of Ibadan, Nigeria) is a lecturer in Nigeria. He holds an M.Ed. in Adult Education and Community Development and a PhD in the Philosophy of Adult Education. His role in the project is to support the in-country teacher workshops in Nigeria.
Dr Winston Kwame Abroampa (Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Ghana) is a Dean at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology. He holds a PhD in Curriculum Development and an MPhil in Curriculum Studies. His role in the project will be to support the in-country teacher workshops in Ghana.