Prof. Eric Magnus Wilmot is an Associate Professor of Mathematics Education at the University of Cape Coast. Between August 2013 and July 2016 he was the Head of the then Department of Science and Mathematics Education at the University of Cape Coast. On June 23, 2016 he won the Deanship Election of the Faculty of Science & Technology Education but was later appointed the Provost of the College of Education Studies on August 1, 2016, the very day he was to have resumed office as the dean.
He obtained his Bachelor’s degree in Mathematics and Physics and his Masters degree in Mathematics Education in 1988 and 1997 respectively, both from the University of Cape Coast (UCC), Ghana. In 2008, he obtained his Ph.D. in the Curriculum, Teaching and Educational Policy with specialization in Mathematics Education from the Michigan State University in the US.
He has extensive university teaching experience both in Ghana and the US. In Ghana, Prof. Wilmot has since 1993 taught at the University of Cape Coast in various capacities from Graduate Teaching Assistant, Assistant lecturer, Lecturer until he rose to the rank of Senior Lecturer in 2009.
In the US, Prof. Wilmot has taught in four different institutions at the tertiary level. Between 2003 and 2005, while on his PhD. programme, he taught mathematics education courses to pre-service elementary and high school teachers at the Michigan State University. In 2004, he taught on part-time basis at Lansing Community College. Then from 2006 to 2008 he taught as an Assistant Professor of Mathematics at the Unity College, in the State of Maine, in the US. Within the same period, Prof. Wilmot found time to do part-time teaching at the Kennebec Valley Community College in Augusta and Fairfield all in the State of Maine in the US before returning to Ghana to continue teaching at UCC in 2009.
Besides teaching, Prof. Wilmot has rich experience in research both in Ghana and across Africa. Between 1993 and 2001 he worked on two USAID sponsored projects, the Improving Educational Quality projects (IEQ I & IEQ II) in Ghana. He also worked with the Female Education in Mathematics and Science in Africa (FEMSA) project, a Rockefeller Foundation funded project between 1995 and 1997. Between 2008 and 2010, he was the lead consultant to the CARE International’s Kumasi office project aimed at examining the situation pertaining specifically to the educational attainment of marginalized girls in Ghana. In 2011 he was also the lead Ghanaian researcher on the UNICEF/Ghana’s Child Friendly School (CFS) Project.
Prof. Wilmot’s research experience extends beyond the borders of Ghana to other African countries such as Malawi and Mali. For instance, he has worked as a Senior Consultant to Minnesota International Development and Education Consortium (MIDEC) in the US on research projects such as Malawi Teacher Training Activity (MTTA) project and the Primary School Support Program (PSSP) all in Malawi in 2005 and 2008 respectively, as well as the Development Education for Girls’ Empowerment (DEGE II) Project in Mali in 2009.
Between 1989 and 2001, he worked in several capacities with the West African Examinations Council from being an Assistant Examiner, Moderator of their examinations questions for the then GCE “A” level Mathematics Examinations to being the Mathematics Chief Examiner in charge of the Western Region of Ghana for the BECE exams.
Since 2009, Prof. Wilmot has been working with the Nursing and Midwifery Council of Ghana as the lead Assessment and Curriculum Consultant. In fact, he led the team of researchers who did the research that unearthed the factors that contribute to nurse/midwife trainees’ poor performance in the Licensing Examinations in Ghana.