News and Information
January 19, 2011
SOE Warmly Welcomes Dr. Unaisi Nabobo-Baba
Unaisi Nabobo-Baba has a BA (English & Geography), GC.Ed., and MA.Ed. from the University of the South Pacific. Her Masters was in the area of Education and Development, and her Ph.D. is from the University of Auckland in Indigenous Knowledge and Epistemology, with a thesis and that was recognized as a significant contribution to indigenous knowledge, research, and scholarship in the AERA conference in Chicago, 2007. Unaisi has taught in secondary schools, college of advanced education, and university for a total of 26 years, with university work comprising a little more than half that work time. She has published widely in Fiji, Pacific, and international journals, has authored a number of book chapters, and has a total of eight books: one authored, one coauthored, and six edited.
Dr. Unaisi taught at the University of the South Pacific, Suva, Fiji (part-time 1994-1996, full-time 1996-2008) as Lecturer and Senior Lecturer in Education, The University of Auckland, Auckland (part-time 2002-2005), and Fiji College of Advanced Education (full-time 1992-1996) Since 1992, she has taught various courses at tertiary, pre-degree/foundation, undergraduate, and postgraduate levels. In her teaching, she has used various modes, including face to face and distance/flexi in both Intensive Schools and Summer School. She has also supervised Masters and Ph.D. students, as well as examined the same both for University of the South Pacific and the University of Auckland in Education, Development Studies, and Pacific Studies Masters.
Her areas of research interest include: teaching and learning in specific contexts, indigenous knowledge, education and development related discourse, Pacific Islands and small island states education, education and global change agendas, school and community relations and education, women and development, remoteness and islandness and implications of these on schooling, indigenous knowledge and epistemology and implications of these on modern day education and development, international aid and education.
In the Spring semester of 2011, Dr. Unaisi will be teaching undergraduate introductory teaching courses, as well as graduate-level courses.