By Samuel Kamugisha
Following the election of Dr. Aaron Mushengyezi, the acting head of the Department of Journalism and Communication (DJC), as the new dean for the School of Languages, Literature and Communication (SLLC), there is an inevitable need to fill the position of head at DJC. Dr. Mushengyezi polled 46 against 23 from his main challenger, Dr. Edith Natukunda Togboa. The position of the school Dean fell vacant in October, when the then dean, Dr. Ernest Okello Ogwang, was voted the Deputy Vice Chancellor in charge of Academic Affairs (DVC AA), a position that had fallen vacant following the appointment of Prof. Lillian Tibatemwa Ekirikubinza, the then DVC AA as a Judge in the Court of Appeal. Dr. Mushengyezi has been head of DJC since 2012.
There are currently three PhD holders at DJC. These are Assoc.Prof. Goretti Nassanga, Dr. William Tayeebwa, and Dr. Patricia Litho. A head of Department should hold a PhD as a minimum requirement.
Who are the likely successors?
Nassanga Goretti Linda is an Associate Professor and Coordinator for Research & Publications at the Journalism & Communication Department, Makerere University. She was the first Head of Department of the-then Mass Communication Department. She holds a Ph.D. in development communication from Makerere University, Kampala and a Masters in Journalism from University of Wales Cardiff, UK. She has had a long experience as a media practitioner, starting off as a journalist in 1980 and currently as a lecturer and researcher since 1994 http://www.jocom.mak.ac.ug/staff/dr-nassanga-goretti-linda
Dr. Tayeebwa holds a Doctorate of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Communication [Peace Journalism and Communication] from Concordia University, Montreal, Canada (2012). He obtained a Master of Philosophy (M.Phil.) in Media Studies [Environmental Journalism and Communication] from University of Oslo, Norway (2003); and a Bachelor of Mass Communication from Makerere University, Uganda (1999). In addition, he holds advanced Diplomas in Philosophy, Spirituality and French from Tanzania, Switzerland and France respectively.Dr. Tayeebwa has taught at Makerere University since September 2000. Prior to full-time academia, Dr. Tayeebwa practiced journalism at The Crusader (folded in 1998), The New Vision (1999), and The Monitor (2000-2004) http://www.jocom.mak.ac.ug/staff/dr-william-tayeebwa
Patricia K Litho holds a PhD in Innovation and cultural studies from the School of Social Sciences and Cultural Studies, University of East London (UK). Her PhD thesis was “ICTs and the ‘empowerment’ of women in rural Uganda”. Dr. Litho has a master of Arts in Communications with a bias in Business Communication from Schiller International University (London, UK), A Postgraduate Diploma in journalism and Media Management from Uganda Management Institute (UMI) and a Bachelor of Arts from Makerere University. Patricia has taught at the Department since September 2011 to date in various programmes at both a graduate and undergraduate level. Prior to Makerere, Dr. Litho was Had of Professional Grouping for Social Sciences at Cavendish University Uganda. She also taught at both the graduate and under graduate level. She was the module leader for Research Methodology and also taught Public Relations, Promotional Writing, broadcasting, ICTS for Development, managing information and Audience Research. http://www.jocom.mak.ac.ug/staff/dr-patricia-k-litho