Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of the Faculty
Dr. Chioma Ugochukwu has a passion for empowering young women to realize their leadership potential and become global citizens. She believes that each Cottey student and staff member contributes to its vibrant, uplifting and positive atmosphere. These are the reasons she is proud to be on the Cottey executive team.
Dr. Chioma Ugochukwu received her Ph.D. in Journalism and a doctoral portfolio in Women’s Studies from the University of Texas at Austin. Prior to assuming the Vice President for Academic Affairs’ position at Cottey College, she served as the dean of the School of Social Sciences, Business and Education at Mount Mary University, and the assistant dean in the J. William and Mary Diederich College of Communication at Marquette University.
Dr. Ugochukwu has taught several media courses, including Newswriting and Reporting, Mass Communication Theory, International Communication, Media Law, Communication Research Methods, and Women in the Media. While serving as a tenured associate professor of Journalism at the University of South Carolina Upstate, she assumed the role of adviser to the student newspaper and coordinator of the Journalism unit.
Dr. Ugochukwu has received several advising and teaching awards, including the “Bank of America’s Excellence in Teaching and Advising Award.” She was selected as the USC Upstate’s nominee for the 2006 “South Carolina Governor’s Professor of the Year Award.” Other honors Ugochukwu received include the University of Texas’ “University Continuing Fellowship,” the “Ada Frances Miller Fellowship for Excellence in Journalism,” and the Broadcast Education Association’s “Research in Progress Award.” Ugochukwu was a winner of the Royal Commonwealth Essay Competition and a member of Kappa Tau Alpha Journalism Honor Society.
Dr. Ugochukwu’s research interests focus on Race, Ethnicity and Gender, New Media, and International Communication. She has written papers on women’s issues and published a contribution in the book, Women, Men and News: Divided and Disconnected in the Media Landscape, edited by Paula Poindexter, Sharon Meraz and Amy Schmitz Weiss. Ugochukwu has maintained an active grants portfolio, including Diversity Incentive grants, Teaching and Productive Service grants, and other grants from the Community Outreach and Partnership Center in South Carolina, Mayor of Spartanburg’s Cultural Foundation, and a DAMM grant from the Greater Milwaukee Journal Foundation.
Prior to her academic work, Dr. Chioma Ugochukwu was a professional journalist and worked as a political reporter, columnist, and features editor. She is deeply committed to social justice, and initiated an annual diversity conference/speaker series at USC Upstate. The series attracted senators, policy makers, human rights activists, authors, and industry experts, who addressed critical issues in human rights, women’s issues, and international affairs. She has been featured in media interviews, including the Herald Journal, Bill Drake’s morning show, SC 107.3’s “Pause for the Cause,” and a Belle Magazine ad as one of USC Upstate’s “Women of Accomplishment.”
Dr. Ugochukwu was an active member of the College Media Association, formerly College Media Advisers, where she served on the Diversity Committee and gave presentations on diversity-related issues at the annual spring and fall conventions. Ugochukwu received a “Diversity Advocate” award at USC Upstate and was honored with the “Golden Roses” award, which honors women who support diversity and inclusivity at Marquette University.
In her free time, Dr. Chioma Ugochukwu volunteers for charitable organizations, including Mobile Meals. She is a member of the board of directors of the Arts Council of Johnson County, and sits on the board of Courage to Dare, a non-profit organization dedicated to creating breast cancer awareness among women in Africa and the Diaspora. She is a member of Professional Dimensions, the largest women’s membership organization in Wisconsin dedicated to the leadership and professional advancement of women. She is also a member of Delta Kappa Gamma, a professional honorary Society of women educators.