Ruth Oji is a faculty member at the School of Media and Communication, Pan-Atlantic University, where she manages the English Unit and teaches Communication in English to undergraduate students. She also facilitates training programmes on Speed Reading, Writing for Specific Audiences, Listening and Questioning Skills, Knowing the Art of Persuasion, Critical Thinking, and related communication and language skills issues at the School’s Professional Education Department.
Ruth also currently manages the Pan-Atlantic University Press as the Managing Editor. Working with an Editorial Board, she assesses and confirms that manuscripts are publishable or not, and those that scale through are considered for publication. She also has reviewed articles for the Journal of West African Languages and the Contemporary Journal of African Studies.
Ruth obtained her first degree in Education and English Language from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, in 2006. She followed afterwards with a Masters of Arts in English (Language) from the University of Lagos, Akoka, in 2010. And she went further for a doctoral programme in English (Language) with focus on language, ideology and power relations in Nigerian television talk shows at the University of Ibadan, Ibadan, in 2015. Her solid background in Education and the English Language is a resourceful tool for her taking on the numerous issues faced by students in English communication, be it in writing or speaking. Her research areas include conversation analysis, media discourse analysis, critical discourse analysis, and pragmatics. She also is interested in using language tools in exploring literary phenomenon.
Ruth is also a training consultant and offers customised training solutions to organisations who wish to use that medium to attend to their identified challenges. She consults for secondary schools and other corporate organisations in Nigeria. She also enjoys mentoring younger ones and has a solid commitment to the social and academic growth and development of every student. It also gives her pleasure to see others achieve their desired professional and learning goals. She is very proactive and loves to get things done well and promptly. She is a very good team player who can be counted on by her colleagues.
Oji, R. K. (2018). Aspects of power relations in Chinua Achebe’s A Man of the People. In Okike – An African Journal of New Writing. (Okike 57)
Oji, R. K. (2016). Disengaging disorder and attaining order in the mass media, International Journal of Socio-Economic Development and Strategic Studies. Vol. 3, 1: 211 – 222.
Sunday, A. B. and Oji, R. K. (2015). Paralinguistic Analysis of Selected Nigerian Television Talk Shows. Ibadan Journal of English Studies. Vol. 11: 1-31.
Oji, R. K. (2014). Talk show as a model for the teaching of speaking skills in the ESL classroom. Journal of English Language Teachers Association of Nigeria. Vol. (4): 217-224.
Books and Book Chapters
Oji, R. K. (2018). Mental and context models of ideological expressions of participants in Nigerian television talk shows. In A. Osisanwo, I. Olaosun, & I. Odebode (Eds.), Discourse-stylistics, sociolinguistics and society – A festschrift for Ayo Ogunsiji (pp. 365-382). Ibadan: Stirling-Horden Publishers Ltd.
Oji, R. K. (2018). Accounting for expressions of ideology in media discourses using the critical discourse analysis framework. In F. O. Egbokhare, & A. B. Sunday (Eds.), Contemporary issues in language studies (pp. 187-211). Ibadan: Scholarship Publishing and Educational Consult Services Ltd.
Conferences Attended Within the Last Two Years
Communication, Migration and Inclusiveness. 20th National Conference and Annual General Meeting of the African Council for Communication Education (ACCE). 23rd – 26th October, 2018, at the Lagos Business School, Pan-Atlantic University.
Emerging Trends in Cultures and Identities in English Studies in Nigeria. 34th Annual National Conference of the English Scholars’ Association of Nigeria (ESAN). 18th – 21st September, 2018, at the University of Nigeria Nsukka.
Attaining the SDGs 4 and 15: The Role of the Humanities. 3rd University of Cape Coast Faculty of Arts Colloquium, Cape Coast, Ghana. 4th – 6th September, 2018.
African Women in the Media 2018 Conference. 21st – 22nd June, 2018, at the University of Ibadan Conference Centre, Ibadan, Nigeria.
The Role of Language in the Integration and Development of West Africa. July 31- Aug 5, 2017. Joint Congress of the West African Linguistics Society and The Linguistic Association of Ghana. University of Education, Winneba, Ghana.