Fourteen new faculty members were welcomed to the teaching ministry of Edwardes College at an all-faculty tea held on the Bungalow Lawn on Tuesday afternoon, 27 September 2011.
For a faculty which averages 75-80 members – including regular, re-employed, contract and visiting – this was an unusually large intake, and the new total count is 93. The reception marked the first of its kind, giving new members a chance to introduce themselves to the group and the continuing faculty an opportunity to experience the range and depth of the new members.
“This was very good,” said Vice Principal Naseem Haider following the event. “People could see the results of the hard work put it by the selection committees and, really, they are very happy with what they have seen.” Many echoed these reflections, adding that the reception was an encouragement both to the new faculty and to the continuing members.
The new faculty are teaching in ten fields, and they include six women. The newcomers include some who are just beginning their teaching careers, some who have been teaching for some time, and a few who are coming to Edwards after teaching for many years at other institutions. Qualifications range from M.A. and M.Sc. through M.Phil. to Ph.D., and some of the newcomers have numerous publications to their credit.
In opening the event, Principal Titus Presler noted that all positions were publicly advertised and expressed gratification that cumulatively applications numbered about 615. Heads of Department compiled shortlists for interviews, taking care to include for interviews those with Ph.D. or M.Phil., women, religious minorities, and Edwardians. Winnowing tests were administered in two fields, in one case the interview field was reopened, and the search continues in an eleventh field of study.
The Principal emphasized that the drive for higher qualifications, with commitment to research as well as teaching, is crucial to Edwardes’ plan to become a degree-granting institution on its own (currently degrees are awarded through the University of Peshawar). Discussing the scholarly pursuits of faculty, encouraging advanced study, and compensating higher degrees are equally important, he said. After briefly sketching the background of each new member, the Principal invited him/her to offer a short reflection to the assembled faculty.
The new faculty members are:
Lecturer Ms. Saiqa Nader: M.Sc. (Peshawar), B.Sc. (Gomal).
Asst. Prof. Mr. M. Shahid Iqbal: M.Phil. & M.Sc. (Peshawar); Ph.D. underway at Peshawar Agricultural University.
Lecturer Mr. Muhammad Sharjeel Javed Khan: M.Sc. & F.Sc. (Islamia), B.Sc. (Edwardes).
Assoc. Prof. Dr. Zafar Kaifi: Ph.D. (Peshawar), M.S. (New South Wales), M.Sc. (Peshawar), B.Sc. (Govt. Degree, Peshawar), F.Sc. (Edwardes).
Lecturer Ms. Myra Edwin: M.A. (Peshawar), B.A. (Edwardes); M.Phil. underway (Qurturba).
Lecturer Mr. Yasir Hussain: M.A. (Peshawar), B.A. (Edwardes).
Visiting Lecturer Mr. Mehboob Alam: M.A. (Peshawar); B.A. (Islamia); M.Phil. underway (Alama Iqbal Open).
Lecturer Ms. Nadia Bashir: M.A. (Peshawar), B.A. & F.A. (Govt. Frontier), B.Ed. (Peshawar).
Visiting Lecturer Mr. M. Samin Khan: M.A. (Peshawar), B.A. (Edwardes).
Lecturer Mr. Silas Akhtar: M.Sc. (Peshawar), M.Ed. (Qurtuba), B.Sc. & F.Sc. (Edwardes).
Asst. Prof. Mr. Noor Jamal: M.Phil. & M.Sc. (Qaid-i-Azam), B.A. (Peshawar), F.Sc. (Islamia).
Visiting Lecturer Ms. Julia Pervaiz: Post-Magistral Diploma in Clinical Psychology (Karachi), M.Sc. (Peshawar), B.A. (Frontier).
Lecturer Ms. Shumaila Ehtisham: M.Sc. & B.A. (Peshawar).
Assoc. Prof. Dr. Bismina Siraj: Ph.D. & M.Phil. (Qurtuba), M.A. & B.A. (Peshawar).
Lecturer Mr. Zubair Shah: M.A. (Oriental), B.A. (Peshawar); MPhil underway (Qurtuba).
Before the all-faculty tea, the Management Team met with the new faculty members for an orientation to their responsibilities and duties.
An early 2011 list of Edwardes faculty shows 58 regular faculty, 7 re-employed, 14 contract, and 5 visiting, for a total of 84. Retirements, study leaves, non-remployment, attrition and the addition of new posts account for the need for a large intake at this time. Fields added for the new session include Media Studies, Philosophy, Physical Education (unfilled as yet), and Psychology.