Philip Effiong
Curriculum Vitae
Philip Uko Effiong

Philip U. Effiong


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§  Equipped with international teaching and professional experience

§  Passionate about improving the quality of research and information dissemination

§  Constantly seeking opportunities to exceed institutional goals

§  Fluent in English and Nigerian Pidgin with basic understanding of Ibibio and Ibo



§  Literature, drama and the oral tradition

§  African and African Diaspora worldview

§  Research and excellent communication skills

§  Analytical writing, creative Writing and editing

§  Mentoring students



§  Fulbright Scholar (1988-1994)

§  About nineteen years university teaching experience

§  Publication of textbook, In Search of a Model for African-American Drama (2000); a novel, Monty (2000) and articles on literature and culture

§  Nominated for the UMUC Stanley J. Drazek Teaching Excellence Award and UMUC Teaching Recognition Award (2007 and 2009)

§  Supervised research on Africa as Director of Academic Research and Information at The Africa Society, Washington, DC, USA (2007-2010)



Rosslyn Academy, Nairobi, Kenya (March 2014 – June 2014)

Taught Conversational English for non-English speakers


University of Maryland University College (UMUC), USA (October 2006 – Present)

Online Adjunct Associate Professor

Teaching African American Literature and World Drama


Lincoln University, PA, USA (Fall 1997 – Spring 1998)

Visiting Assistant Professor

Taught Drama of the African Diaspora, Remedial English, Freshman Writing


University of Delaware, Newark, USA (Fall 1997 – Spring 1998)

Adjunct Professor

Taught Freshman Writing, Advanced Writing, Survey of Drama


University of Tennessee, Martin, USA (Fall 1994 – Spring 1997)

Assistant Professor

Taught African American Literature, Multicultural Literature, Freshman English, Advanced Writing, World Drama, English Drama


University of Wisconsin, Madison, USA (Fall 1992 – Fall 1994)

Adjunct Professor & PhD candidate

Taught Survey of African American Literature, African American Biography, African American Folklore, African and African American Artistic and Cultural Linkages


University of Wisconsin, Madison, USA (Summer 1993)

PInstructor for “Upward Bound” (University of Wisconsin High School program)

Taught High School Writing


University of Calabar, Nigeria (December 1983-July 1988)

Graduate Assistant and Assistant Lecturer

Taught Freshman Use of English, African Literature



Consultant Writer/ Researcher/ Editor (2001 – Present)

Carried out projects for National Democratic Institute, Centre for Disease Control, USAID, Internews, Footprint and Transport Digest magazines, Nigerian Federal Government, South-Eastern Nigeria


The Africa Society, Washington, DC (March 2007 – May 2010)

Director of Academic Research & Information

Helped to build the intellectual capacity of The Society by carrying out research on Africa and preparing documents on the programs, goals and achievements of The Society


University of Tennessee, Martin (November 1995-July 1997)

Assistant Professor

Served on the following Committees: Publications; English as a Second Language (ESL) and Multicultural Concerns; Geography Department Search; English Department Search


Career Note: Additional experience as Senior Programmer at Automatic Data Processing, Rockville, MD, 1998 – 2001, participated in the team development and maintenance of Oracle Software



PhD, Dramatic Literature (minors in African & African American Studies) - University of Wisconsin, USA, 1994

MA, English & Literary Studies (focus on Literature of the African Diaspora) - University of Calabar, Nigeria, 1985

BA English & Literary Studies (focus on African Literature and Oral Tradition) - University of Calabar, Nigeria, 1982




§  In Search of a Model for African American Drama: A Study of Selected Plays by Lorraine Hansberry, Amiri Baraka, and Ntozake Shange,  Lanham: University Press of America, 2000

§  Monty, a novel,  Bloomington: Author House, 2001 (this work is undergoing revision)         



§  “Unleashing Power from Within: Rejecting the Foreign Aid Farce,” West Africa Review 24 (2014): 22-40

§  “Forty Years Later, the War Hasn’t Ended,” The Nigeria Biafra War, Ed. Chima J. Korieh, New York: Cambria Press, 2012, 261-276

§  “Retelling Our Stories, Redefining Our Heroes.” Spring 2011. Africa Unbound.

§  “The Career Africanists in Washington D.C.” Fall 2009. Africa Unbound.

§  Two entries, Haya and Ginen in the Encyclopedia of African Religion: SAGE Publications, 2009

§  Five entries  in the Encyclopedia of Africa and the Americas, Vols. 1, 2, 3, Santa Barbara: ABC-CLIO, 2008

§  “History, Myth, and Revolt in Hansberry’s Les Blancs,” African American Review 32:2 (Summer 1998): 273-283

§  Two entries in Issues and Identities in Literature titled “Civil Rights Movement in Literature” and “Nation of Islam in Literature,” Salem Press, 1996

§  Twenty entries on “Drama and Film,” African American Culture volume, Dictionary of Twentieth Century Culture, Ed. Sandra Adell,  Columbia, S.C.: Bruccoli Clark Layman, Inc., 1996

§  “The Subliminal to the Real: Musical Regeneration in Ntozake Shange’s Boogie Woogie Landscapes,” Theatre Studies 39 (1994): 33-43

§  “Tracing the Nigerian Literary Heritage,” Nigeria: The People and Their Culture, Ed. J. U. Obot, Calabar: Wusen Press, 1987, 214-224



Morning Song and Mildew – a novel; Diaries of a Housegirl – a novel; Biafran Boy – a memoir; Do you know WHO I AM? Nigeria’s Cult of Bigmanism – collection of satirical essays



Reexamining rarely known stories highlighting extraordinary, historical African achievements (see



§  “Biafran Refugees: A Tale of Endurance and Brutality,” paper presented at the Igbo Studies Conference, April 8-9, 2011, Howard University, Washington DC

§  “Sleepwalk through Ireland,” paper presented at the International Conference on Ireland and Biafra, 30 September-1 October, 2010, National University of Ireland, Galway

§  “40 Years Later…the War Hasn’t Ended,” paper presented at the International Conference on Biafra-Nigeria Civil War: Our Stories and Lessons Learnt, 25-26 September, 2009, Marquette University, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

§  “A Chip off the New Block: Reinventing African Masculinity in Modern America,” paper presented at the First African and African American Studies Conference: "African Identities in the Age of Obama," 8-10 October, 2009, George Mason University, Fairfax, Virginia

§  Gave speech on the use of literature as a learning tool, Teach Africa program organized by The Africa Society and UCLA African Studies Program, Los Angeles, CA, May 2008

§  “From Achebe to Adichie: The Preservation of an Oral Tradition.” Lecture delivered at the Library of Congress Symposium Commemorating the 50th Anniversary of Chinua Achebe’s Things Fall Apart, Washington, D.C., November 2008

§  The use of literature as a learning tool, Teach Africa program, Houston, TX, October, 2008

§  Read poetry selection at the UMUC Constellation Reading Series, April 2008

§  “African Women: Myth and Reality,” Teach Africa program, Portland, OR, December 2007

§  Presentation on Nigerian culture at Teach Africa program, Pittsburgh, PA, October 2007

§  Read excerpt from my novel, Monty at the UMUC Constellation Reading Series, February 2007

§  Delivered lecture on “The Consummate Editor” for Internews, February 2005

§  Delivered lecture on “Telling a Good Story” for Internews, December 2004



§  Certificate of Recognition, Notable Scholarly Activity in the Area of Professional Research, University of Maryland University College, Maryland, 2012

§  Nominated for the UMUC Stanley J. Drazek Teaching Excellence Award and the UMUC Teaching Recognition Award (TRA) (2007 and 2009)

§  Honorable Mention, 2006 West Virginia Writers Competition, for Biafran Child: Cesspool of Innocence

§  Finalist in 2004 African Writers Endowment book contest for the following entries, Nigeria’s Cult of Bigmanism and Memoir of a Housegirl

§  Outstanding Professor Award presented by Older Student’s Association, University of Tennessee at Martin, April 1996

§  Certificate of Recognition, presented by the Black Students Association and Secretary of Minority Affairs, University of Tennessee at Martin, November 1996

§  Certificate of Outstanding Service, presented by Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, September 1996

§  A Special Certificate of Appreciation, presented by the President and the Board of Trustees of the University of Delaware, Newark, 1996

§  Fulbright Award for PhD program, University of Wisconsin, 1988-1992

§  Graduate Assistantship for outstanding B.A. (Hons) result, University of Calabar, Nigeria, 1983-1985

§  Graduate Scholarship, University of Calabar, Nigeria, 1983-1985.



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