The Deputy Vice-Chancellor (DVC), Federal University Otuoke, Christopher C. Onyema, PhD,  a Professor of English and Communication Studies, holds the Bachelors of Art (English and Political Science) Education and the Master of Art (English and Literary Studies) Degrees of the University of Calabar, and the Doctor of Philosophy Degree of the University of Uyo, Nigeria. He also holds a certificate in Open and Distance Learning of the University of London and the Teachers Registration Council of Nigeria (TRCN), and has served as Teaching Fellow at the Soochow University, Jiangsu, China.
Professor Christopher Onyema has taught at the undergraduate and postgraduate levels and successfully supervised many Master’s Theses and Ph.D. Dissertations. He has served as external examiner in many Universities for undergraduate and postgraduate programmes, and also assessed many candidates for promotion to the professorial cadre. He is a resource person for National Universities Commission Resource Verification and Accreditation of programmes.

Prof. Onyema, who is also interested in Legal Studies, has published locally and internationally in the areas of technical (legal) and literary communication, Postcolonial discourse, Niger Delta environmental writing and the new media. He is on the editorial board of some journals, and belongs to such learned societies as African Council for Communication Education, Reading Association of Nigeria, Literary Society of Nigeria, the Linguistic Association of Nigeria, Nigerian Association for the Study of Language, Arts and Culture, Igbo Studies Association, African Studies Association, USA, Association for the Study of Literature and the Environment, Association of Nigerian Authors, and the Nigerian Institute of Public Relations, among others. Professor Chris Onyema is Fellow, Educational Administrators of Nigeria (FEAN) and Fellow, Association of Nigerian Authors (FANA).   

Before his emergence as DVC, Professor Christopher Onyema had served in the following capacities: Coordinator, General English Programme; Head, Department of General Studies; Pioneer Head, English and Communication Studies; University Orator; Director of Institutional Advancement; Director of University Internationalisation and Linkages;  as well as Dean, Faculty of Education.