Church Solomon Akpan, PhD; arpa

Professor of Mass Communication at Akwa Ibom State University

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Cinematography, Broadcast Management, Commentary/Documentary Production.

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Dr. Church Solomon Akpan is a Professor of Mass Communication who started out as an Assistant Lecturer with the University of Nigeria, Nsukka in 1999 and later joined the Department of Mass Communication, Akwa Ibom State University in 2013 where he has risen to the rank of a Professor. He is a thorough bred Mass Communication profesional who has obtained Undergraduate and Postgraduate academic qualification in reputable instutitons in Nigeria.

He holds professional qualifications such as Certificate in Television Production, Diploma in Mass Communication and Advanced Diploma in Televison Production. Also his ethical disposition to life and self-less nature has attracted several awards such as Recognition of Selfless Services to the Department of Mass Communciation, University of Nigeria, Nsukka by Jacksonite and many more.

He is highly experienced in broadcasting and teaching which has brought about Lecturing and Administrative positions within and outside the University environs. He Teaches 5 Undergraduate and 16 Postgraduate courses and has Supervised/Examined numerous MA, PGD and BA degreee holders.

He holds professional memberships with Advertising Practioners's Council of Nigeria, Africa Council on Communication Education and Nigeria Union of Journalist.

He has attended several conferences, seminars and workshop and presented papers at a couple of them. His deep research and practical experiences in Mass Communication has culminated into several publications such as 42 Journal articles and 4 books. Majority of of such publications are open access on this knowledgebase.

He is married and blessed with quality children.

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Academic and Professional Background

Below are the educational pathways that Prof Church Akpan has traversed.

Ph.D. (January 2005)

Mass Communication

M.A. (April 1999)

Mass Communication

B.Sc(Hons) (October 1995)

Second Class Upper Division, Mass Communication

WAEC Certificate (December 1971)

West African School Certificate

SSCE Certificate (July 2017)

Senior School Certificate

First School Leaving Certificate (1966)


Professor Church Akpan has published extensively in local and international fora.
A complete display of publications can be accessed here

Experiences and Responsibilities

Prof. Church Akpan is an experienced media professional.
He has served in several capacities within and outside the University environment

Outside the University

Television Director III - NTA Enugu 1979-1981

Operations Officer II - Anambra TV, Enugu - 1981-1985
Operations Officer I - Anambra TV, Enugu - 1985-1990
Senior Operations Qfficer, Anambra TV, Enugu 1990 - 1994
Principal News Editorn Anambra Broadcasting Service, Awka 1994 -1997
OSISATECH: Polytechnic, Enugu State (Senior Lecturer/HOD) 1997-1999

Courses Taught

Undergraduate Courses

MC. 432 Film Productlon.
MC. 222 Radio/TV,
MC. 102 Introduction to Film
MC. 361 Research Methodoktgy,
MC. 452 Development Communication,

Postgraduate Courses

MAC. 232- Radio/TV,
MAC. 351 Research Methodology,
MAC. 231 Foundation of Broadcastlng,
MAC. 242: Broadcast Presentatlon on Performance,
MAC. 312 Broadcast commentary Production,
MAC. 332 Film and cinematography,
MAC. 392. Video News Production,
MAC. 431 Broadcast Management and operation,
MAC. 451 Advertising and Publlc Relations Campaign,
MAC. 402 Documentary end Drama Production
MAC. 452 Modem Magazlne Publishing.
MC 622, Development Communication
MC. 621 Advanced Communication Theories,
MC. 602: Communication & Soclety,
MC. 611 Information Technologies.

Within University System

Ebonyi State University Abakiliki
Professor (Sabbatical Leave) – 2020 - 2021

Akwa Ibom State University, Obio Akpa Campus Professor 2018 – Date
Member, Publicity and Publication Sub-Commlttee of the 4th Convocation Committee - 2018
Associate Professor/Acting Head of Department, 2013 – 2018
Sub-Dean (Faculty of Art) – 2014 -2016
Post-graduate Coordinator (Faculty of Social Sciences) 2018 to date 2018 - Date
Chairman, Faculty of Social and Management Science, Examination Misconduct Committee 2017 – 2018
Member, Akwa Ibom State University Senate 2013 to date
University Of Nigeria, Nsukka
Senior Lecturer 2006-2013
Senior Lecturer/Acting Head 2009-2011
Lecturer I 2003-2006
Lecturer II 2000-2003
Assistant Lecturer 1999 - 2000
Graduate Assistant 1998-1999
Member, University of Nigeria Senate 2009-2011
Member, Faculty of Arts welfare Committee 2005-2008
Member, Unlvetsity Convocation Committee 2009-2011
Students' Association Staff Adviser 2000-2003
Member, Board of Directors Lion FM 2005-2009

Cross River University Of Technology
Visiting Senlor Lecturer 2006-2009
Senior Lecturer (Sabbatical Leave) 2011-2012
Vlsiting Assoclate Professor- 2013-2014

Kogi State University, Aniyigba
Visiting Senior Lecturer 2010-2011

Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka
Vislting Lecturer I - 2004-2006

University Of Port Harcourt, Port Harcourt
Lecturer I

Editorship Of Reputable Journals

AKSU Journal of Communication Research (AJCR) - Chairman, Editorial Board,

Akwa Ibom State University Journal of Arts - Editorial Member
Internationai Journal or Arts and Sciences, University of Nigeria - Sub Editor

External Examiner In The Following Universities

University of Calabar, Calabar (Postgraduate Programme)-2015-2018

Bishop Okoye University, Enugu (Under graduate Programme) 2014-2017
Caritas University, Enugu (Under graduate programme) - 2012-2014
Abia State Unlvergity, Uturu (Postgraduate Programme)- 2012-2014

Contact Details

Department Of Mass Communicatlon,
Akwa Ibom State University,
Obio Akpa Campus.
Phone: 08082490010, 08030884919