Christiane Magnido, Academic Director
Christiane Magnido is a native of Cameroon and grew up in Douala, the economic capital. She holds a master's degree in management and business from the University of Dschang and a master's in development and peace from the Protestant University of Central Africa. Prior to joining SIT, she was involved in many internship programs in microfinance institutions and worked for the US Peace Corps as cross-cultural, language, and homestay coordinator and for the Small Enterprise Development Project as co-technical trainer.
Christiane has been running the SIT program in Cameroon since 2006 and has enjoyed every step of the experience. Her position entails many responsibilities; the most significant include designing an academic program for the semester, recruiting relevant and experienced professors for lectures, working with partner institutions, creating a conducive scholastic environment, providing guidance and support to students, integrating field-based experience and classroom activities, and collaborating with staff to produce the most effective setting for each student’s educational journey.
In addition to her position as academic director with SIT Study Abroad, Christiane is co-founder of the Center for Communal Building Skills, a nonprofit association working to promote education and knowledge for Cameroonian high school and university students.
Her areas of interest include commerce, international development, and the impact of culture on interpersonal relationships. She has acquired extensive knowledge and skills related to development through examination and comparison of development patterns in "developed" and "underdeveloped" countries.
Nathalie Miste, Student Service Coordinator
Nathalie is responsible for the selection of homestay families, family placement, and orientation of students. She also assists students in their cultural integration and oversees their medical care. Nathalie is a student at the University of Yaoundé I, where she is pursuing a bilingual degree in English and French.
Atangana Mbanga Serge, Program Assistant
Serge joined SIT Study Abroad Cameroon in January 2013 as a program assistant. He holds a BA in sociology, with a concentration in population and development, from University of Yaoundé I and continued his education there with a focus on gender studies, with a particular interest in women's and minorities' issues. Serge is also enrolled at Douala University and is writing a master’s dissertation on economic sociology. He has been a student leader in various students’ associations including an environmental association and one of the oldest student organizations in Cameroon’s university, the Cercle Philo-Psycho-Socio-Anthropo. These experiences have greatly contributed to his management skills. In his role as program assistant, Serge is in charge of program logistics, excursion planning, and other administrative tasks.
Pouokam Joseph, Homestay Coordinator in Dschang
Joseph works part-time for SIT Cameroon, overseeing the homestay component in Dschang. He has been working with the SIT Cameroon team for more than twelve years. Additionally, Joseph is an administrative assistant at the University of Dschang.
Dorothy Ntah, City Coordinator in Bamenda
Dorothy works part-time for SIT Cameroon as coordinator of the program’s Bamenda excursion. Dorothy has been associated with the SIT program since 1992. In addition to her work with SIT, she is director of a local foundation that works on developing the capacities of youth and providing financial assistance to young entrepreneurs and children whose parents died of AIDS.
The Cameroon: Social Pluralism and Development language staff consists of four language trainers in Yaoundé and four in Dschang. The program's language teachers have extensive experience with Peace Corps training and hold assistant professorships at the University of Dschang and Yaoundé.
Lecturers for this program typically include:
Professor Gilbert L. Taguem Fah
From August 2006 through August 2007, Professor Taguem Fah was a Fulbright Scholar-in-Residence at Illinois Central College-East Peoria where he later became a visiting faculty. He was also a Zentrum Moderner Orient in Berlin as an Alexander von Humboldt Research Fellow (November 2008–January 2011). He was initially a specialist in the field of African history but has since developed a wide interest in political developments in Africa in general, and West-Central Africa in particular. He teaches African history and African politics at the University of Ngaoundéré in Cameroon. He has been a visiting professor at several universities in Europe (EHESS-Paris and the universities of Tromso, Bergen, and Oslo in Norway); in the United States (Northwestern University, Illinois Central College-East Peoria); in Canada (Université Laval-Quebec); and in the West Indies (UAG-Martinique). He has authored books, journal articles, and book chapters on topics as varied as popular culture and politics, corruption, local elitism and politics in Africa, Islam and politics, chieftaincies, art, and politics. His most recent works include the following journal articles: “The War on Terror, the Chad-Cameroon Pipeline, and the New Identity of the Lake Chad Basin” (Journal of Contemporary African Studies, Vol. 25, No. 1, January 2007); “Dealing with Africom: a Political Economy of Anger and Protest” (Journal of Pan African Studies, Vol. 3, No. 6, March 2010); and “Thematique de recherche autour de quelques acteurs de l’histoire contemporaine du Nord-Cameroun” with Bienvenu-Denis Nizesete as co-author (African Humanities, Vol. 1, January 2010). He has also recently published a book chapter, “Negotiating Elitism and Facing Change: Dynamic Idioms of Power and Leadership” in Ngaoundéré-Cameroon (Egodi Uchendu, Ed.). An expert on UNESCO, Professor Taguem Fah is a consultant at many international organizations and is affiliated with many institutions of higher learning. He is also the founder and executive director of the Community Research and Development Center (COREDEC), a social sciences and community development institute in Ngaoundéré, Cameroon. He is currently the director of African Humanities, a social sciences journal.
Dr. Willibroad Dze-Ngwa
Dr. Dze-Ngwa is a lecturer and researcher in political history and international relations at the University of Yaoundé I and at the Higher Teacher Training College (ENS) in Bambili, Cameroon. He is also a lecturer on history and geopolitics in the Department of Peace and Development Studies at the Protestant University of Central Africa (UPAC), Cameroon. Additionally, he is the executive director of the Africa Network Against Illiteracy, Conflicts, and Human Rights Abuse (ANICHRA) and an advocate of peace and tolerance education. He was laureate of the 2008 Educational Network for West and Central Africa Small Grant Award and has travelled extensively to present papers at national and international conferences. He has several publications to his credit. His research interests are in the areas of political history, international relations, peace and conflict studies, democracy, citizenship education, minority issues, good governance, human rights, social science research, quality education, and development studies.
Dr. Robert Fotsing
Dr. Fotsing is a senior lecturer in the Faculty of Letters and Social Sciences at the University of Dschang in Cameroon. He teaches French and comparative literature in the Department of Foreign and Applied English. His areas of research include intertextual, intermediate, and intercultural aspects in the expression of French literature. The author of about twenty articles, he is also editor of the collection L’imaginaire musical dans les littératures africaines published in the Harmattan in 2009. He is currently working on a book entitled Ecritures camerounaises et intermédialité. He is very interested in cultural studies.