By Oyedunmola Olakunle | Ilorin
A former Head of Department of Mass Communication, Faculty of Communication and Information Science, University of Ilorn, Dr. Lukman Adesina Azeez ,has been promoted to the position of a Professor, making him the first professor of the department since its creation in 2005.
As a pioneer staff of the Department Dr. Azeez, received the notice of his appointment on Wednesday, February 25, 2021, which many considered as a long awaiting honour.
The 48-year-old with 12 years lecturing experience at the University of Ilorin, is a graduate of Mass Communication from the University of Lagos, where he later obtained his Master’s degrees in Mass Communication, and International Law and Diplomacy.
He furthered his education to obtain a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) Degree in Communication Studies from the University of Leeds, United Kingdom.
Dr. Azeez, who assumed the position of Lecturer II in the Department of Mass Communication in 2009 has held relevant positions in the department as well as the Faculty of Communication and Information Science.
He was the former Acting Head of Department Mass Communication from 2018 -2019 and Sub Dean of the Faculty of Communication and Information Sciences from 2015 – 2017.
Among other positions he holds in the institution include: Director, Advancement Office of the University of Ilorin, Chairman, Unilorin Bulletin Editorial Board, Member, Unilorin FM Radio, Member, Unilorin Publishing House, Faculty Representative, Unilorin Postgraduate School and Member, Technical Committee of Center for Ilorin Studies.
Asides working in the academic environment, Dr. Azeez is the current Coordinator/Facilitator of the International Institute of Journalism, Ilorin Study Center, a training wing of the Nigeria Union of Journalism, where is also a member of the Unilorin Chapel of the Union in the State.
He was also at the Ibadan polytechnic, where he use to be part-time lecturer and also a press officer for the Ministries of Finance, Women Affairs and Information in the Oyo State Government.
The communication scholar is also a Member of the Association of International Law, Member of African Council for Communication Education, Member of Association of Communication Scholars and Professionals of Nigeria and Fellow of the Institute of Human and Natural Resources.
He was also an Associate Member of the Nigeria Institute of Public Relations.
Dr. Azeez , at his undergraduate and postgraduate levels worn several first positions/awards,and published many research works and have also authored over 40 publications.