Sub-Dean: Dr. Eton Simon
The Faculty of Communication Technology was created in 2006, when the Department of Mass Communication was relocated from the Faculty of Environmental Science on the advice of the National Universities Commission (NUC) Accreditation team that visited the University in 2005.
The Faculty has been a one-department Faculty for the past six years of its existence. We are happy to announce that the Department of Language and Linguistic Science took off in 2013/20114, with its first intake of students expected in the 2014/2015 academic session.
Within the ambit of the CRUTECH Vision, the Faculty aims to be a Faculty of academic excellence with a national as well as global perspective, and with the mission of promoting the acquisition of skills and the application of knowledge with a view to solving practical problems; to develop the intellect to question things that are with a view to charting new paths in a changing world.
She holds a B.A (Hons) Theatre Arts Degree from the University of Jos, an MCA degree in Communication Arts from the University of Ibadan and a Ph.D in Theatre and Media Studies (Development Communication) from the University of Calabar. She also holds a Certificate of Competency in Monitoring and Evaluation for Social and Behaviour Change Communication from the University of Witwatersrand, South Africa. A former Head of the Department of Mass Communication andhas also held other administrative positions in the University.
She is a member of Senate of the University and a member of Cross River University of Technology Governing Council.
¨ Department of Mass Communication
Acting Head of Department: Dr. Ndoma Brown
The Department of Mass Communication has assumed a strong position among the many departments offering communication
courses in Nigerian universities. The Programme was accorded full accreditation in 2010 by the National Universities Commission (NUC) from which it received a resounding rating of 92.8%. So far, this is the record to beat in the University. Indeed, the NUC representative on that accreditation team was so impressed by the Department’s showing that he declared during the Exit Interview that if the NUC allowed him to hold two jobs, his second job would be that of a lecturer in the Department. The Department is due for another NUC accreditation visit in 2014.
Acting Head of Department: Dr. (Mrs.) Mercy Ugot (Reader)
In 2013, the Senate of the University approved the establishment of a new department to be based in the Faculty. The new department, to be known as the Department of Language and Linguistic Science, has already put things in motion to admit its first set of students in the 2014/2015 academic year. The programme will be run as Language and Linguistic Science (English Option, LLE) and Language and Linguistic Science (French Option, LLF). Students have a choice of offering any of the options.
The new programme has a nucleus of good academics to start off: three Readers, three Senior Lecturers, one Lecturer I and four Lecturers II, and they are well spread out in specialisations. Dr. (Mrs.) Mercy Ugot, hitherto a Senior Lecturer in the Centre for General Studies, was named the Acting Head of Department. Her successful assessment and promotion to the rank of Reader came as the new HOD was putting her new house in order.
The Postgraduate Diploma in Mass Communication is a 12-month programme in which students are exposed to a blend of communication theory and media/communication practice capabilities. Candidates are, however, allowed a maximum of 24 months to complete the programme after which their candidacy will lapse.
He was invited by the Dean, Dr. Etim Anim, to spend his 2010 Sabbatical Leave in the Department of Mass Communication. The Vice Chancellor approved that recommendation and after Prof. Ogbondah’s Sabbatical Leave, Professor Ene-Obong asked him to
stay on as a Visiting Professor.
Studios: The Department is equipped with Radio, TV, Graphics, PR/Advertising, Print, and Photographic Studios.
Our university recognises that Communication is a very dynamic discipline and has accordingly kept a close eye on the Department’s curriculum (as with others in the University). In consonance with the NUC’s policy that universities should regularly evaluate and update the curriculums, the Department’s curriculum has undergone two major reviews between 2005 and 2010. The major concern in these reviews had been to reflect dynamic changes in the 21st Century information and communication technologies (ICTs). Thus, our Department offers courses such as Online Journalism, Desktop Publishing, Visual Communication, Book Publishing in the Digital Age, New Media and Society, Internet and its Applications, Website Management and Maintenance, and Computer Graphics Application.
In addition, in the face of rapid globalisation and the pivotal role of Nigeria in West African politics, diplomacy and socioeconomic development, the curriculum has introduced a strong element of French. From the 2010/2011 academic year, the Department began to offer six semesters of French – Year 1 to Year 3. We have also introduced more writing courses to help deal with problems of poor writing skills among university students. Students from Departments outside the Faculty are welcome to take some of these courses. Among the courses are Basic English for Media Writers (100 Level); Advanced Media Writing (300 Level); Magazine Article Writing (300 Level), and Advanced Magazine Article Writing (300 Level).