Accra, March 7, 2012: Professor Emeritus Ralph Izard of Ohio University in the U.S. has joined the journalism faculty of the African University College of Communications (AUCC) in Accra, Ghana.
The Professor Emeritus arrived in Accra, Tuesday, February 28, 2012, for a 2-month working visit with AUCC as part of an AUCC-Ohio University affiliation relationship.
During the period of his visit, Prof. Izard will engage the Level 300 and Level 400 students of AUCC in seminars on Feature Writing and related courses to help strengthen AUCC’s journalism faculty.
He will also be the Resource Person at a series of workshops on ‘Feature Writing For Beginners’ in media houses in the country being organized by AUCC in collaboration with the Ghana Journalists Association (GJA).
Prof. Izard holds a Ph.D in Communication from the University of Illinois, and has Master’s and Bachelor’s of Science degrees in Journalism obtained from the University of West Virginia, U. S.A.
He has had over fifty years experience in journalism practice and education and has held several positions at the E.W. Scripps School of Journalism, Ohio University, where he is currently professor emeritus.
Prof. Emeritus Izard has also held various positions in other universities, including the Manship School of Mass Communication, Louisiana State University and the Reilly Center for Media & Public Affairs, and serves on the boards of a number of professional, academic and public service associations in the U.S.
The erudite professor has several awards to his credit from both academia and journalism practice and teaching, and has authored, co-authored and edited several books and articles, particularly in journalism, communication and research.
According to the Dean of International Programmes of AUCC, Prof. Reginald Jackson, Prof. Izard’s visit is the first in a series by faculty from AUCC’s international affiliates planned for the college this year.
AUCC’S Dean of Journalism, Mr. Ato Amoaning-Annan, considers Prof. Izard’s working visit as one “that brings profound inspiration to his faculty.”
The affiliation programme took off in August 2011 following a visit by the presidents of the two institutions - Mr. Kojo Yankah and Dr. Roderick MacDavis - to each other’s university, and the signing of a memorandum of understanding.
The affiliation relationship involves collaboration with AUCC for staff and student exchange programmes, joint projects for global learning experiences as well as joint faculty research and capacity-building projects.
AUCC is a UNESCO-rated potential centre of excellence in media education in Africa. It seeks to become Africa’s best centre for journalism, communication, information management and business management studies.
AUCC COMMUNICATION DEPT.