Bauchi State University, Gadau
Fatimah Ja’afar Tahir, the second female Professor from Bauchi state and the first female Professor of Microbiology produced by Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University (ATBU) Bauchi. Prof Fatima was appointed the Deputy Vice Chancellor Academic Nigerian Army University Biu (NAUB) in 2018. She was born on 8th February 1966 and undergone all her educational pursuit in Bauchi.
Her outstanding academic achievements and tertiary education beginning from Bachelor, Master and PhD degrees were obtained at ATBU Bauchi. Equally, her professional career from Graduate Assistant in 1991 to the enviable rank of Professor of Microbiology 2009, were all accomplished in ATBU Bauchi.
Professor Fatimah Tahir has over 40 publications in reputable journals and has supervised many postgraduate students at Master’s and PhD levels.
She is a fellow of the Nigerian Society for Microbiolog (NSM) and a member of other relevant learned societies, including Nigerian Institute of Food Science and Technology (NIFST), American Society for Microbiology (ASM) and Society for Applied Microbiology (SFAM).
She has held so many administrative responsibilities in the university which include among others; Head of Department (Gombe State University), Director Academic Planning (Bauchi State University Gadau), Dean School of Postgraduate studies (ATBU), DVC Academics (NAUB), one time Acting Vice Chancellor NAUB and is currently the Vice Chancellor, Bauchi State University Gadau.
Prof Tahir has served and is serving in Governing Councils, and Boards of College of Education, Universities and many NGOs in Nigeria. A reputable researcher, Prof Tahir is lead researcher and member of many research groups in ATBU, including the Tetfund ATBU research groups and a beneficiary of the Third World Organisation of Women in Science (TWOWS) research grant award.
She is an external examiner to many other Nigerian Universities and have assessed at least 10 associate Professors/Readers up to 8 Professors for Universities across the country.
Prof Fatimah is very active in community services, contributing her quota to the development of the country.
Professor Tahir is a member of tetfund’s National Research Fund (NRF) and has for the past 10 years been a resource person on the PTDF’s panel for selection of scholars for award of fellowship.