UC Faculty Awards 2020: Ibrahim Amidou
College of Arts and Sciences awardee honored as Outstanding Adjunct Professor
Ibrahim Amidou is widely known in UC’s Department of Romance and Arabic Languages and Literatures (RALL) as an accomplished and versatile adjunct associate professor. Amidou is hailed as an erudite French language scholar and is well-versed in French literature, culture and civilization of the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries.
His classroom repertoire extends from the ability to not only teach the fundamentals of the French language, but adeptly expound on the writings of French novelist Gustave Flaubert, or he can dish up a tasty presentation on “Togo-style Rice and Veggies,” a common cuisine in his native Togo in West Africa.
Moreover, his colleagues say he is an enthusiastic and passionate teacher with a broad concern for the total welfare of his students. Amidou says he feels this approach causes a “ripple effect” and fosters academic achievement.
“Over the years Professor Amidou has proven to be one of our most committed and reliable adjunct professors who has provided a valuable support to the French curriculum,” says department head Thérèse Migraine-George.
And the years add up. Amidou came to Cincinnati in 1991, the summer after he completed his bachelor’s degree in applied linguistics, English, American and African literature and civilization at Université du Bénin, Lomé, Togo. He joined UC in 1992 and started teaching as a graduate assistant while working on his doctorate in French/Francophone literature, culture and civilization from RALL. He received his doctorate from UC in 2002 and began teaching as an adjunct.
Amidou stayed in the city and at UC, he says, because, “I feel I have a calling,” and he’s represented that calling through a combination of service to academia and community: Amidou has taught at UC for over two decades all levels of French language as well as French literature, culture and civilization and teaches at several other regional institutions of higher learning.
He is a member of the American Translators Association, serves as an interpreter for the state of Ohio and has helped relaunch a translation certificate course at UC. He belongs to the UC International Sub-Saharan Africa Strategy Group and is scheduled to lead UC’s first Study Abroad trip to Togo in May 2020. He assists youth in the African immigrant community of Greater Cincinnati, whether it be as a soccer coach or as an academic advisor.
He says his professional and personal sense of duty is a way to give back to UC and the community that fostered his own success, and he is constantly improving himself in order to bring skills he has accumulated into the classroom.
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UC Faculty Awards
UC is saluting the 16 winners of our 2020 All-University Faculty Awards in a three-part series in UC News weekly through April 22. Beginning April 23, all winners will also be showcased on the Faculty Awards website.