Brief History of the Department
English and Communication Studies was one of the foundation/pioneer programmes established at the founding of the University, and was located under the Departments of Humanities, in the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences. The programme, as it then was, admitted its first set of students in the 2012/2013 academic session with an initial student-population of 23 and graduating its first set in the 2015/2016 academic session. The programmes under the Department of Humanities were unbundled and granted autonomy in February 2015; thus, English and Communication Studies became a full-fledged department in the University following this unbundling exercise. In all, the Department has graduated 4 sets of students, and has continued to attract both sabbatical and adjunct academic staff to add flavor to its academic life and culture. While the department has continued to witness admirable consistent growth in the number of both its students and teaching staff, its graduates have continued to be good ambassadors, representing the Department well as have been continually testified by employers’ ratings over the years.
In a country where English as an added language, a major official language, a lingua franca, and the language of instruction in the educational system, a high level of proficiency in it is usually expected from the graduates of higher institutions, especially the universities. A higher level of competence and communicative skills is expected even more from graduates of English and Communication Studies. This is why there is a need for devoting greater attention to the achievement of improved knowledge of English and the acquisition of adequate oral and written skills in it. English and Communication graduates from our university should be clearly and positively identified with adequate proficiency in pronunciation, articulateness in speech and communication areas.
Vision and Mission
(a) To provide the English and Communication Studies Students with the opportunity to master the art of communicating with the masses that transcends all disciplines.
(b) To be a foremost Department that is grounded in the art and act of language teaching students its rudiments to be able communicate effectively in all aspects of the media and their adjuncts.
|S/N||Names of Academic Staff||Mode of Appointment||Area of Specialization|
|1.||Dr. Diri I.Teilanyo||Tenured||Syntax and Semantics|
|2.||Prof. Chris C. Onyema||Tenured||Stylistics and Discourse Analysis|
|3.||Prof. Christian C. Ngwu||Sabbatical||Development Communication, Broadcast Journalism|
|4.||Dr. Christabel Onyema||Adjunct||Linguistics|
|5.||Dr. Christian T. Diri||Tenured||Applied Communication, Development Communication, Print Journalism|
|6.||Dr. Osakue S. Omoera||Tenured||Journalism and Film Studies|
|7.||Dr. Chinedu Ogoke||Tenured||English and African Literature|
|8.||Dr. Patricia Ngozi. Anyanwu||Tenured||African literature and Post-Colonial Studies|
|9.||Dr. Blessing Uwasomba||Tenured||Linguistics|
|10.||Dr. Oyakemeagbegha Musah||Tenured||Broadcast Journalism and Development Journalism|
|Dr. Franca Okumo||Tenured||Phonetics and Phonology|
|12.||Dr. Chukwuma Okechukwu||Tenured||Broadcast Journalism|
|13.||Dr. Hyginus O. Eze||Tenured||African Literature and Post-Colonial Studies|
|14.||Miss Ekiyokere Ekiye||Tenured||Linguistics|
|15.||AliakSandra Kpuduwei||Tenured||English Language|
|16.||Mr. Onyeka Ike||Tenured||Literature|
|17.||Charles Okorod udu||Tenured||English Language|
|18||Blessing Onyinyechukwu Umunnah||Tenured||Mass Communication|