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Prof. Aba Appiah Amfo has been appointed as the acting Vice-Chancellor of the University of Ghana.

Her appointment takes effect from August 1, 2021.

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She will be acting as the Vice-Chancellor of the University until the appointment of the substantive Vice-Chancellor.

Prior to her appointment, she was the Pro-Vice-Chancellor of the University, in charge of the Students and Academic Affairs.

Here are is a biography on Prof. Nana Aba Appiah Amfo.

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About Prof. Nana Aba Appiah Amfo

Professor Nana Aba Appiah Amfo (born 30th September 1971) is a Ghanaian linguist and scholar, known for her studies on Pragmatism (language use in context) and the Pro-Vice-Chancellor in charge of Academics and Students Affairs at the University of Ghana in West Africa.

Nana Aba Appiah Amfo was born on 30th September 1971 in Kumasi Ghana in the land of the Ashanti Kingdom, in a family that had produced a number of Ghanaian academicians. After schooling at Holy Child School in Cape Coast from 1985-1988, Nana Aba graduated with a Bachelor’s degree (French and Linguistics) from the University of Ghana.

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Both her MPhil (2001) and Ph.D. (2007) degrees in Linguistics are from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology in Trondheim, Norway. Professor Amfo has received additional training in higher education management and leadership from Harvard Business School, University of Applied Sciences, Germany, and INSEAD, France.

Professor Amfo’s career in academia started in 2001 as a Lecturer in the Department of Linguistics after her Master’s degree. In 2007, the same year she obtained her Ph.D. degree, she was promoted Senior Lecturer. She became Associate Professor in 2011, and Professor in 2017.

Professor Amfo’s research interests are in the linguistic sub-discipline of Pragmatics, which allows her to explore the role that context plays in conversational interactions and how that influences communication in different domains.

Her research resulting in several publications in nationally and internationally reputable journals such as Acta Linguistica Hafnensia, Current Issues in Language Planning, Discourse and Society, Ghana Journal of Linguistics, Journal of Pragmatics, Journal of West African Languages, Legon Journal of the Humanities, Lingua, Linguistics, Nordic Journal of African Studies, Nordic Journal of Linguistics, Pragmatics, and Studies in African Linguistics, have covered the role of function words in communication, information structure, grammaticalization, language use in specific domains such as health, gender, politics, religion, and migration.

Her (edited) books and book chapters have been published by Ayebia Clarke Publishing Company, John Benjamins Publishing Company, Novus Press, Routledge (Taylor & Francis Group), and Sub-Saharan Publishers. Her recently (2018) co-authored textbook on Therapeutic Communication Competencies for Nurses and Midwives, commissioned by the Nursing and Midwifery Council, is published by DigiBooks.

Professor Amfo has acquired extensive multi-cultural experience through various professional engagements in twenty countries in Africa, Europe, Asia, North America, and Australia. These engagements include giving competitive and invited talks, serving as external assessor, and engaging with research and professional collaborators.

She has been an external examiner for a number of universities including the University of Nairobi, Kenya; University of the Western Cape, South Africa; Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Norway; Stockholm University, Sweden and the University of Education, Winneba.

Professor Nana Aba Appiah Amfo holds a Bachelor’s degree (French and Linguistics) from the University of Ghana. Both her MPhil (2001) and Ph.D. (2007) degrees in Linguistics are from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology in Trondheim, Norway.

Professor Amfo has received additional training in higher education management and leadership from Harvard Business School, University of Applied Sciences, Germany, and INSEAD, France. Professor Amfo’s career in academia started in 2001 as a Lecturer in the Department of Linguistics after her Master’s degree.

In 2007, the same year she obtained her Ph.D. degree, she was promoted Senior Lecturer. She became Associate Professor in 2011, and Professor in 2017.

(She previously served as the Head of the Department of Linguistics (2013 – 2014). She has participated in the governance of the University of Ghana through her service on several statutory and ad-hoc boards and committees.

She previously served as the Chair of the Management Board of the University Basic School (2011 – 2016),[11] the College of Humanities Senior and Junior Staff Appointments and Promotions Committee (2014 – 2018), and the Mentoring and Professional Development Sub-committee of the Centre for Gender Studies and Advocacy (CEGENSA) (2010 – 2013).

She was the University of Ghana’s representative on the Catholic University College Appointments and Promotions Committee (2011 – 2016).[13] She was a member of the College of Humanities Advisory Board, and served as a Tutor of Sarbah Hall.

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