HOD's Profile : Department of Communication and Language Arts

Professor Ayobami Ojebode obtained a Bachelor’s degree in English Education from the Obafemi Awolowo University in 1992, and a Master’s degree in Language Education from the University of Ibadan in 1995. He holds a PhD degree in Development Communication obtained in the Department of Communication and Language Arts in 2002. He was appointed Assistant Lecturer in 2000 in the Department and promoted Professor with effect from 2013.

He teaches research methods and applied communication courses.

He has enjoyed visiting and research fellowships in prestigious universities and institutes such as the Centre for Research on Inequality, Human Security and Ethnicity (CRISE), University of Oxford; College of Communications, the Pennsylvania State University, USA; African Studies Centre, University of Leiden, the Netherlands, and the Netherlands’ Institute for Advanced Studies in Humanities and Social Science, the Netherlands. He has run masterclasses on advanced research methods in Nigerian and non-Nigerian universities including Faculty of Humanities, University of Leiden (2015). His research interests include media and democracy, new media, indigenous communication, and development communication and his publications have appeared in reputable outlets in various countries.

He has served the Department of Communication and Language Arts and the University of Ibadan in various capacities: as coordinator of postgraduate programmes from 2007 – 2011; editor of the Ibadan Journal of Humanistic Studies since 2012; editor-in-chief of the Journal of Communication and Language Arts since 2011; chair of the Faculty of Arts publication committee since 2012; member Faculty Internet committee; member UI team on the Development Research Uptake in Sub-Sahara Africa; member UI ITeMS Board; coordinator, UI Social Media Use Team (UISMUT); chair of the editorial board of the Postgraduate School in-house magazine, Research Frontiers; member, Faculty Postgraduate Committee since 2007. He is on the editorial board of many reputable journals in and outside of Nigeria.

His leadership and management competence shone through in his coordination of (and participation in) large- and medium-size collaborative teams. Few among these are the Evidence and Lessons from Latin America II (a project that involved 12 countries on two continents); the Ibadan Urban Flood Management Project Communication Needs Assessment; and the Multi-method Research Institute of the Partnership for African Social Governance Research (Nairobi) – which he led successfully for two years.

He served as Acting Head of Department from 2011 to 2016 and was appointed as substantive Head of Department on August 1, 2016.