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SCHOLAR IN RESIDENCE JOINS TCC AND NSU FACULTY IN 2004-5
Native Kenyan to teach Swahili and African women’s
Va. – (Aug. 9, 2004) – Tidewater Community College welcomes its
first Fulbright scholar, Andrew Mwenda Mbatiah, who joins the
faculty as a Scholar in Residence for the next academic year.
Mbatiah, who will live and work in South Hampton Roads, brings
a wealth of knowledge to students and faculty of TCC and its scholarship
partner, Norfolk State University.
from the University of Nairobi, where he is a senior lecturer
in the linguistics and African languages department. Mbatiah’s
specialties of Swahili and African literature will serve well
as subjects of classes he’ll teach at both TCC and NSU, with an
emphasis on African women’s writing.
in Swahili, Mbatiah completed his Ph.D. thesis on The Origin
and Development of the Swahili Thesis Novel in Tanzania.
His master’s degree also focused on Swahili studies, linguistics
and literature. Mbatiah has authored a variety of articles, short
stories, a dictionary of Swahili literary terminology and even
a Swahili novel, Upotevu .
born and bred, is married and has three children.
To find out
more about the new classes, call TCC’s Information Center at 822-1122
or TCC’s Department of International Programs at 822-7296.
Tidewater Community College
is the second largest of the 23 community colleges in the Commonwealth
of Virginia, enrolling more than 34,000 students annually. The 37th
largest in the nation’s 1,600 community-college network, TCC ranks
among the 50 fastest-growing large community colleges. Founded in
1968 as a part of the Virginia Community College System, the college
serves the South Hampton Roads region with campuses in Chesapeake,
Norfolk, Portsmouth and Virginia Beach as well as the TCC Jeanne
and George Roper Performing Arts Center in the theater district
in downtown Norfolk, the Visual Arts Center in Olde Towne Portsmouth
and a regional Advanced Technology Center in Virginia Beach. Forty-three
percent of the region’s residents attending a college or university
in Virginia last fall were enrolled at TCC.