Selection of the Missouri Africa Faculty Director
On a rotating basis, each of the participating universities of the Missouri Africa Program nominates a faculty member to act as on-site director. The consortium selects the faculty director at least one year in advance.
Faculty Director’s Duties/Expectations
The faculty director acts as the MAC director-in-residence and is the official representative of all four campuses in this role and the following duties:
- To participate in all aspects of the orientation, both pre-departure and on-site.
- To arrive before or with the students for the semester program.
- To teach a regular course at the University of Ghana, open to all UGL and consortium students. This course is not required of the consortium students.
- To register the group of students with the U.S. Embassy in Ghana upon arrival.
- To meet with students on a weekly basis to ensure that they are healthy and attending classes, and to help solve problems as they arise. These tasks are done with the assistance of the UGL program coordinator.
- If students travel, they must inform the faculty director and UGL program coordinator in advance. The UGL program coordinator can then provide the student with additional health and safety information regarding the region of travel.
- To assist students in the registration process and ensure that all students are enrolled in a full course load.
- To send regular reports/updates to the coordinating US institution. These reports should include updates on students who have become ill, as well as any general information that may be helpful to the home institutions.
- To work with the UGL coordinator to ensure that grades will be issued in a timely manner at the conclusion of the semester.
- To provide a full program report at the conclusion of the semester.
- If a student breaks the laws or rules of the country or university, or poses a health or safety risk to other members of the program, the faculty director has the right to recommend that the student be sent home. This decision should be made in conjunction with the UGL coordinator, U.S. coordinating institution and the student’s home institution. The faculty director should have copies of the students’ signed consent forms.
- The faculty director may travel during the program, but should coordinate his/her absence with the UGL coordinator. The length of travel should not exceed 3-4 days, unless the faculty director receives prior approval from the consortium.
The faculty director receives his/her salary from his/her home university.
The consortium covers the following expenses:
- Round-trip airfare (purchase of ticket must be coordinated with the MAC program coordinator).
- Housing in Ghana at designated university residence.
- Cost of immunizations/prophylactics necessary and reasonable for Ghana.
- Fax/phone/mail expenses incurred in Ghana to perform duties listed above.
- Cost of visa and visa extension.
All expenses/reimbursements will be paid through the account administered by the MAC coordinating institution (currently University of Missouri-St. Louis).
It is the responsibility of the faculty director to educate and prepare him/herself about the health conditions in Ghana. The U.S. coordinating institution provides basic medical information as published by the Center for Disease Control (CDC). It is expected that the faculty director provide a good example to the students on the program to exercise wisdom and maintain good health in Ghana.
In addition to the CDC postings, the faculty director should be aware of the following information gathered from experience:
Malaria is a very common illness in Ghana. As a mosquito-born disease, it is preventable. A combination of prophylactics, mosquito repellent, mosquito coils, and wearing pants and long-sleeve clothing in the evenings is the best way to prevent contraction of the disease. If the disease is contracted, it is best to seek medical attention immediately. The first symptoms are often flu-like, including unexplained fatigue, so one should seek medical attention at the onset of mild symptoms. If left untreated, it can lead to other serious illnesses and even death.
The CDC recommends that persons traveling to Ghana use the prophylactic, MEFLOQUINE (also known as Larium). Larium can sometimes cause various side effects and should not be taken by persons with certain health conditions. The MAC recommends that travelers to Ghana follow the CDC guidelines. However, in Ghana, CHLOROQUINE is used more commonly as a malaria prophylactic. According to the Ghanaians, this drug is more effective and produces fewer side effects. It is also cheaper than the Larium. Whatever the selected prophylactic, it should be taken one to two weeks before departing for Ghana, and continued for several weeks after returning home.
There are also food and water borne illnesses that are easily prevented by exercising caution and common sense. Care should be taken when purchasing food from street-side vendors. Bottled water is readily available and food should be properly prepared before consumption. Refer the CDC recommendations for additional information.
In the event of an emergency, serious illness, or medical evacuation, the faculty director should follow the procedures below:
1. Contact the UGL program coordinator for assistance in dealing with the emergency.
2. Contact the director of the International Programs Office at UGL.
3. Contact the U.S. Embassy (if relevant).
4. Contact the U.S. coordinating MAC institution by phone and/or fax. The U.S. coordinating institution will contact the student’s family/emergency contact via the student’s home university.
5. If unable to contact the U.S. coordinating institution, contact the student’s home university.
6. If unable to contact the U.S. coordinating institution nor the student’s home institution, contact student’s family/emergency contact.