Dr. Ajani received his Ph.D. degree in Linguistics and a graduate Certificate in TESL from the University of Florida (UF). He obtained his M.A. and DEA degrees in Applied Linguistics from the Université de la Sorbonne Nouvelle, Paris. His educational and teaching experiences span three continents. He has taught at Community Colleges and the University levels. While in France, he taught Yoruba language & cultures at the INALCO, Paris. At UF he taught Yoruba, Intro to African Literatures; African Humanities and English as a Second Language (ESL) courses. He also taught African Cultures and Literatures, and African Religions & Cultures at surrounding Community Colleges. He is a regular reviewer for the US Department of Education's Office of Postsecondary Education (OPE) Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad (FDDRA) and Faculty Research Abroad (FRA) Programs, as well as the Title VI International Research and Studies (IRS) Program. He also works on the review panel for the American Councils administered Critical Languages Scholarships (CLS) program, and serves on the Fulbright U.S. Student National Screening Committee. He is on the Advisory Boards of the following peer-reviewed journals: Journal of Nigeria Studies (JNS) and African Studies Quarterly (ASQ), and the Review Board of Scientific Journals International (SJI).
Dr. Timothy T. Ajani
Professor of Linguistics
UNC Board of Governors Excellence in Teaching Award Recipient (2010)
Office: 112 Joseph Knuckles Science Annex
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French and Yoruba
Dr. Ajani's research interests are in the New Englishes, with emphasis on Nigerian English; the language of African literature, with specific emphasis on the English of Amos Tutuola, and Wole Soyinka; Yoruba language and linguistics; English and French as Second or Foreign languages; and Action Research. Some of Ajani's works have appeared in the following publications: Journal of Nigeria Studies, West Africa Review, Journal of Humanities and Social Sciences, The Modern Language Journal, African Studies Quarterly and Calliope, among others. He has also published two volumes of poetry: Rivers of Refreshing (2009) and Streams of Refreshing (2008). His paper "Is there indeed a 'Nigerian English?' (2007) has been cited more than a couple dozen times, and continues to be cited by many authors writing on issues related to the nature, variation and change; as well as the role of the English language worldwide.