Awo Mana Asiedu

A brief history of your career since leaving the University of Birmingham

I was already employed as a lecturer before doing my PhD at Birmingham. When I returned home, I went back to my teaching job. I have since been promoted to Senior Lecturer and currently being considered for promotion to Associate Professor. I have served my institution in a number of capacities; as Head of the Theatre Arts Department (2004-2005), Director of The School of Performing Arts (2009-2013). Currently, since 2015 I have been the Coordinator of the Office of Students with Special Needs. I am actively engaged in teaching both graduate and undergraduate courses in Theatre and Performance, and also with supervising Masters and PhD students. I have also served as an external examiner for Universities in Ghana and South Africa. I am actively in engaged with International Associations in the field of Theatre and Performance and have published widely on a variety of related subjects.

Skills and knowledge from your postgraduate degree have you used in your career so far

I utilise research and writing skills, and a great depth of theoretical knowledge in the field of Theatre Studies.

Main work activities in your current role

Teaching, research, writing and publishing, and mentoring.

A typical day in your job

My role involves preparing for and delivering teaching, interacting with students, and working on research papers/manuscripts,

Main challenges in your role

I face time constraints, inadequate funding for research projects, and the low learning aspirations of some students.

Why did this type of work appeal to you?

I enjoy engaging with people and I am passionate about theatre and performance in Africa.

Advice for students looking to enter this area of work?

Be prepared to work hard. It takes time and effort.