CHINEDU CHRISTIAN ODOEMELAM

ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR DEPARTMENT OF MASS COMMUNICATION

About Candidate

Expertise

My name is Chinedu Christian Odoemelam, an Associate Professor of Communication. I study Health, Counterterrorism and Climate Change from a critical communication perspective.  I hold a tenured position at the department of Mass Communication, and an Associate faculty member position at the Buratai Centre for Contemporary Security Affairs, Igbinedion University, Okada, Nigeria.

I combine qualitative and quantitative methods in my research approaches to provide normative recommendations that can inform better policy, mass media practice and decisions.

Current Research Project

Given that, vaccine hesitancy is a growing research concern and the fact that African countries have suffered the most the consequences, my most recent research assessed perceived corporate reputation and misinformation in COVID-19 vaccine hesitancy in Nigeria, and interrogated how communications from an African perspective may create the needed intervention. Presently, I am writing a proposal to UNESCO’s Excellence in Journalism Education in Africa Project, which is to strengthen responsiveness to the training and education of journalism students.

 

Experience working with Postgraduate Students

Over the years spanning my teaching and research career, I have had very fulfilling research-based interactions with graduate students at the Masters and Doctoral levels. These interactions include academic project supervision, postgraduate students’ seminars and proposals evaluations, and thesis (viva voci) examinations. In many cases, postgraduate students have been part of my small research groups that have resulted in research outputs published in highly rated journals. Recently for instance, I coauthored a research paper with a graduate student, which was presented at the 73rd International Communication Association (ICA23) conference in Toronto, Canada, in May 2023. ICA is the global apex Communication body.

Education

P

PhD

2015
UNIVERSITY OF NIGERIA NSUKKA

MASS COMMUNICATION

M

M.A

2010
UNVERSITY OF NIGERIA NSUKKA

MASS COMMUNICATION

B

B.A

2007
UNIVERSITY OF NIGERIA NSUKKA

Work & Experience

A

ASSCOCIATE PROFESSOR

June 13, 2024
IGBINEDION UNIVERSITY OKADA

TEACHING, RESEARCH AND COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT

Skills

Communication, teaching and research skills
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