Eli Tetteh
Humanities and Social Sciences

  • M.A., Communications & Leadership, Gonzaga University, USA
  • B.A., English (Creative Writing), Vanderbilt University, USA

Professional Bio

Eli Tetteh is a Lecturer in Ashesi University’s Department for Arts & Sciences. He holds a Bachelor of Arts from Vanderbilt University, USA and a Master in Arts from Gonzaga University, USA. Eli worked as an editor in the book publishing industry before joining Ashesi in 2008 and helping to establish and oversee the university’s Writing Centre. 

He left in 2010 to pursue graduate studies at Gonzaga University where he was part of a team that developed a distance learning initiative providing tertiary education to displaced communities in Kenya and Malawi. Eli returned to Ashesi in 2014 to manage the Writing Centre alongside teaching Written and Oral Communication, Text and Meaning, and other courses within the liberal arts core.

Teaching Statement

Plato once gave the following caution: “Do not train a child to learn by force or harshness; but direct them to it by what amuses their minds, so that you may be better able to discover with accuracy the peculiar bent of the genius of each.”  

My teaching philosophy springs in large part from this notion: that the goal of learning should be to incite, and not simply to impart. I believe that an educated mind neither approaches the world with glassy-eyed indifference nor shrinks from it in fear. Instead, an educated mind eagerly engages the world, driven by a sense of discovery and a readiness to set aside bias and presumption.

As a teacher, I present my students with material that challenges their views of themselves and of the world. I employ technology and contemporary examples, using the familiar to explain and illustrate the unfamiliar. My goal is to encourage them to probe and analyze materials, comprehend various points of view and take a well articulated, rationally supported stand.

Courses taught at Ashesi: Written and Oral Communication, Text and Meaning 

Areas of Interest

Organisational Behaviour and Development, Emotional Intelligence, Creative Economies, Public Relations and Marketing.