Getting Published: A Personal Accounting | Seminar by SACOST

The Centre for School and Community Science and Technology Studies (SACOST) is inviting the University community to participate in an academic seminar scheduled as follows:

Event Date: 
Thursday, March 30, 2023

09:00 AM - 11:00 AM


North Assembly Hall, North Campus

Topic: Getting Published: A Personal Accounting


This session will focus on learning strategies, academic ropes and loops to ensure a successful publishing career for a young and upcoming scholar in academia. It is argued that publishing must be approached as an academic mentorship, a key to scholarly success and academic credibility in the eyes of our communities.  The session dwells on ways of cultivating skills for a successful publishing career, a hallmark of any academic scholar.

The effective teaching of mentorship in academic publications rests on shared experiences of senior/accomplished scholars who impact knowledge and experience on ways to climb the difficult ropes of developing an academic publishing career.

The session will cover such topics as ‘beginning a publishing career’, ‘developing an openness to knowledge’, ‘working with oppositional scholarship’, ‘searching for support networks’, ‘understanding the hierarchy of prestige in scholarly publishing’, ‘accessing credible publishing outlets’, ‘ways to deal with rejections’, ‘joys and challenges of collaborative writing’, as well as offering additional significant tips of publishing that coordinates requirements of teaching, research and field dissemination.

The session will cover distinctions between refereed journal publications, book publications (including sole/joint authored monograph or sole/joint edited collection), the academic writing and what makes for an excellent, cutting edge publication.  We conclude our discussion with ways of how a young scholar can sustaining a publishing career in academia.


About the Speaker
Professor George J. Sefa Dei

Ghanaian-born George Sefa Dei is a renowned educator, researcher and writer who is considered by many as one of Canada’s foremost scholars on race, anti-racism studies, Black and minority education, African Indigeneity and anti-colonial thought.

He is a widely sought after academic, researcher and community worker whose professional and academic work has led to many Canadian and international speaking invitations in US, Europe and Africa. Currently, he is a Professor of Social Justice Education & Director of the Centre for Integrative Anti-Racism Studies at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education of the University of Toronto (OISE/UT).  Professor Dei is the 2015, 2016, 2018-19 Carnegie African Diasporan Fellow.

In August of 2012, Professor Dei also received the honorary title of ‘Professor Extraordinarius’ from the Department of Inclusive Education, University of South Africa, [UNISA]. In 2017, he was elected as Fellow of Royal Society of Canada, the most prestigious award for an academic scholar. He also received the ‘2016 Whitworth Award for Educational Research’ from the Canadian Education Association (CEA) awarded to the Canadian scholar whose research and scholarship have helped shaped Canadian national educational policy and practice. He is the 2019 Paulo Freire Democratic Project, Chapman University, US - ‘Social Justice Award’ winner.

In April 2021, Professor Dei received the 2021 Lifetime Achievement Award from the Ontario Alliance of Black School Educators [ONABSE] for long-standing work promoting Black and minority youth education.  Also, Professor Dei in October 2022, was named by Silvertrust Media as one of the 100 most influential Black Canadians nationwide. Professor Dei has forty-four (44) books and over eighty (80) internationally refereed journal articles to his credit.  He has supervised over fifty (50) PhD candidates to successful completions most of whom are Professors in Canadian, US and international universities. 

He has been appointed as an External Examiner for over 63 PhD dissertations in universities globally.  In the last few decades, Professor Dei has collaborated with a host of African university faculty and student colleagues assisting in mentorship, collaborative writing and publishing, teaching and research. Since 2008, Professor Dei has been an Honorary Fellow of the Centre for School and Community Science and Technology Studies (SACOST), University of Education, Winneba, Ghana. Currently, Professor Dei is a Visiting Professor at the Institute for Educational Research and Innovation Studies (IERIS) of the University of Education, Ghana [UEW]. 

Finally, in June of 2007, Professor Dei was installed as a traditional chief in Ghana, specifically, as the Gyaasehene of the town of Asokore, Koforidua in the New Juaben Traditional Area of Ghana. His stool name is Nana Adusei Sefa Tweneboah.