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Pro Vice Chancellor

The Reverend Professor Peter Nkrumah Amponsah is a Catholic priest ordained in July 1989 after Philosophy and Theology training (1983 – 1989), served a year as an Assistant Priest and was posted to teach and help form minor seminarians at St. Hubert Seminary in Kumasi. From there, he pursued further studies, namely a Postgraduate Diploma in Communication Studies (1993) and an MPhil (Licentiate) in Social Communications (1997). He obtained his PhD in Journalism in 2001. Rev. Prof. Amponsah was appointed to the lectureship position at the Catholic University on July 1, 2003. Thus, he has served the University full-time since July 2003, when he took up the Catholic University's teaching appointment. He is one of the longest-serving academic staff. His service spans two decades as a lecturer, researcher, and administrator.

As a lecturer, he has great assessment reports. He has taught different levels in such courses as School Law and Ethics, Language & Communication Skills/Academic Writing, Introduction to Logic/Critical Thinking and Reasoning, Phenomenology of Religion, Foundations of Religious Experience, Mass Communications and the Media, Mass Communication and Public Health, Introduction to Mass Communication, Philosophy of Journalism, Introduction to Social Psychology, Media Ethics, Media Law and Regulation, Communication Policy, and Religion Reporting & Writing. Moreover, he has supervised several undergraduate students' projects. Also, he has supervised and assessed numerous postgraduate research works. The teaching and assessment roles across Faculties indicate the interdisciplinarity and versatility of his competencies. In addition to accomplishing the demands of teaching, Rev. Prof. Amponsah has proved himself as an academic. He was promoted to Associate Professor of Journalism in August 2018. His primary research interest is in communication law, ethics and policy. He also delves into studying the impact of information consumption and asymmetry in economic communication.

Rev. Prof. Amponsah has rich administrative experience. For his over twenty-year service in the Catholic University, he has served as the Chair or Member on almost all committees and boards. Apart from his extensive service in the Senate, he has held varied leadership positions at different points in the running of this institution, such as the Dean of Student Affairs, Dean of the Faculty of Information and Communication Sciences and Technology (now Faculty of Computing, Engineering and Mathematical Sciences, Director of the Centre for Enrichment Studies (now absorbed by the Faculty of RSS), and Dean of the Faculty of Religions and Social Sciences (RSS), Head of the Department of Journalism and Communication Sciences, and Dean of the School of Graduate Studies. He has also served as the representative of senior members (teaching) on the University Governing Council and is now the Pro Vice-Chancellor.  In all of them, he works to improve the organisation and structures. He has been able to provide leadership, and his leadership contribution shows his dexterity in time management and ability to combine roles and responsibilities.

Publications

  1. Amponsah, P. N. & Atianashie, A. M. (2024). Navigating the new frontier: A comprehensive review of AI in journalism. Advances in Journalism and Communication (AJC), 12, 1-17. https://doi.org/10.4236/ajc.2024.121001   
  2. Amponsah, P. N. & Okyere, M. (2024). Audiences' political orientation, evaluation and verification of news in Ghana. Advances in Journalism and Communication (AJC), 12, 18-47. https://doi.org/10.4236/ajc.2024.121001
  3. Amponsah, P. N. & Okyere, M. (2023). News-ness and Hybridity of News: What Audiences Consider News in Ghana. African Journal of Journalism and Mass Communication, 5(1), 550-564. DOI: https://doi.org/10.53075/Ijmsirq/657355343
  4. Amponsah, P. N. & Okyere, M. (2023). Audiences' choice of sources and verification of news: Do age and educational level matter in Ghana? Scholars Journal of Science and Technology, 4(2), 98–114. https://doi.org/10.53075/Ijmsirq/745634567
  5. Sackey, F. G., & Amponsah, P. N. (2020). Information asymmetry and self-denial in gender participation in commercial banks’ credit markets in emerging economies in Ghana. Journal of Small Business and Entrepreneurship. https://doi.org/10.1080/08276331.2020.1821530
  6. Sackey, F. G, Amponsah P. N., & Yeboah, P. (2019). A decomposition and counterfactual analysis of the effect of parents’ educational status on youth employment outcomes. Journal for Studies in Economics and Econometrics, 43(2), 9-28.
  7. Sackey, F. G., & Amponsah, P. N. (2018). Gender discrimination in commercial banks' credit market: A decomposition and counterfactual analysis. African Journal of Business and Economic Research, 13(2), 121-140.
  8. Sackey, F. G., & Amponsah, P. N. (2017). Willingness to accept capitation payment system under the Ghana National Health Insurance Policy: Do income levels matter? Health Economics Review, 7(38) DOI 10.1186/s1
  9. Sackey, F. G, & Amponsah P. N. Determining gender participation in commercial banks’ credit market. Journal of Economic and Financial Sciences, Accepted July 2019.
  10. Weyori, B. A., Boateng, K. O., Yeboah, P. K., & Amponsah, P. N. (2016). Design and implementation of the block matching hybrid median filter for noise removal in color images. International Journal of Innovative Computing, Information and Control (IJICIC), 12(6), 1865-1879.
  11. Weyori, B. A., Boateng, K. O., Yeboah, P. K., Amponsah, P. N., & Akobre, S. (2016). Simulating the effect of noise and distortions on the RGB component of real world color images. International Journal of Innovative Computing, Information and Control (IJICIC), 12(6), 1929-1941.
  12. Weyori, B. A., Amponsah, P. N., & Yeboah, P. K., (2012). Modeling a secured digital image encryption scheme using three moduli set. Global Journal of Computer Science and Technology, 12(10), 7-13.
  13. Amponsah, P. N. (2012). The Daily Graphic coverage of presidential campaigns in Ghana, 1992-2004. Journal of Political Science, Government and Politics, 1(1), 1-15. http://www.scientificjournals.org/journals2012/articles/15143561-017-0175-1
  14. Weyori, B. A., Amponsah, P. N., & Yeboah, P. K., (2011, November). Design and development of a secured data coding and compression method for 2D digital images. International Journal of Computer Applications, 33(7), 50-57.
  15. Amponsah, P. N. (2024). Investigative reporting: Its practice, boundaries and implications. Accra: Sub-Saharan Publishers. ISBN: 978-9988-9369-0-7 (No. of pages - 172 pp).
  16. Amponsah, P. N. (2024). Journalism and ethical engagement with visual media: Illuminating stories through engaging imagery. Glendale, CA: Scientific Research Publishing. ISBN: 978-1-64997-833-2 (No. of pages - 256 pp).
  17. Amponsah, P. N. (2023). Journalistic professionalism. In S. Fedorov (ed.), Research Trends in Multidisciplinary Research and Development, Vol. 13, pp. 115-146. Zittau, Germany: Weser Books.
  18. Amponsah, P. N. (2023). Fundamentals of media studies. In A. R. Hashemi & M. Govindarajan (eds.), Research Trends in Applied Research, Vol. 12, pp. 29-57. Zittau, Germany: Weser Books.
  19. Amponsah, P. N. (2017). Law, ethics and policy for news media professionals in Ghana. Accra, Ghana: Adwinsa Publications. ISBN: 978-9964-6-3119-7 (No. of pages - 387 pp).
  20. Amponsah, P. N. (2017). Fundamentals of writing: From the paragraph to presentations. Obuasi, Ghana: OS Media. ISBN: 978-9988-2-5177-2 (No. of pages - 225 pp).
  21. Amponsah, P. N. (2017). Fundamentals of writing: Grammar, usage and mechanics. Obuasi, Ghana: OS Media. ISBN: 978-9988-2-5141-3 (No. of pages - 219 pp).
  22. Amponsah, P. N. (2013). Emergent confrontational political subculture: A content analysis of media coverage of violence in the 2012 general elections of Ghana Accra, Ghana: International Institute of ICT Journalism. ISBN: 978-9988-1-8000-3 (No. of pages - 51 pp).
  23. Amponsah, P. N. (2004). Libel law, political criticism, and defamation of public figures: The United States, Europe and Australia. New York: LFB Scholarly Publishing. ISBN: 978-1593-3-2011-6 (No. of pages - 230 pp.)
  24. Amponsah, P. N., & Barimah, K. B. (2008). Effectiveness of public education programmes relating to HIV/AIDS and STDs. Sunyani, Ghana: Centre for Applied Research, Consultancy & Community Outreach, Catholic University College of Ghana.

Books

  1. Amponsah, P. N. (2024). Investigative reporting: Its practice, boundaries and implications. Accra: Sub-Saharan Publishers. ISBN: 978-9988-9369-0-7 (No. of pages - 172 pp).
  2. Amponsah, P. N. (2024). Journalism and ethical engagement with visual media: Illuminating stories through engaging imagery. Glendale, CA: Scientific Research Publishing. ISBN: 978-1-64997-833-2 (No. of pages - 256 pp).
  3. Amponsah, P. N. (2023). Journalistic professionalism. In S. Fedorov (ed.), Research Trends in Multidisciplinary Research and Development, Vol. 13, pp. 115-146. Zittau, Germany: Weser Books.
  4. Amponsah, P. N. (2023). Fundamentals of media studies. In A. R. Hashemi & M. Govindarajan (eds.), Research Trends in Applied Research, Vol. 12, pp. 29-57. Zittau, Germany: Weser Books.
  5. Amponsah, P. N. (2017). Law, ethics and policy for news media professionals in Ghana. Accra, Ghana: Adwinsa Publications. ISBN: 978-9964-6-3119-7 (No. of pages - 387 pp).
  6. Amponsah, P. N. (2017). Fundamentals of writing: From the paragraph to presentations. Obuasi, Ghana: OS Media. ISBN: 978-9988-2-5177-2 (No. of pages - 225 pp).
  7. Amponsah, P. N. (2017). Fundamentals of writing: Grammar, usage and mechanics. Obuasi, Ghana: OS Media. ISBN: 978-9988-2-5141-3 (No. of pages - 219 pp).
  8. Amponsah, P. N. (2013). Emergent confrontational political subculture: A content analysis of media coverage of violence in the 2012 general elections of Ghana Accra, Ghana: International Institute of ICT Journalism. ISBN: 978-9988-1-8000-3 (No. of pages - 51 pp).
  9. Amponsah, P. N. (2004). Libel law, political criticism, and defamation of public figures: The United States, Europe and Australia. New York: LFB Scholarly Publishing. ISBN: 978-1593-3-2011-6 (No. of pages - 230 pp.)
  10. Amponsah, P. N., & Barimah, K. B. (2008). Effectiveness of public education programmes relating to HIV/AIDS and STDs. Sunyani, Ghana: Centre for Applied Research, Consultancy & Community Outreach, Catholic University College of Ghana.

Conferences Attended

  • Amponsah, P. N. Keynote Address and Questions & Answers. "The Word of God, Transforming Marshallans for Leadership," Forum for Grand Knights/ Regional Grand Knights and Noble Ladies/ Regional Noble Ladies (Virtual), February 12, 2021.   
  • Amponsah, P. N. (2016, November). Exposure to hidden prejudices, hate speech, stereotypes and misconceptions: Approaches to the responsible use of content and language. Paper presented at the public lecture of reporters and stringers at the Ghana News Agency Workshop on Upgrading GNA's Human Capital for In-depth Tracking and Reportage/ Coverage of Election 2016, at Abesim-Sunyani.
  • Participant. Doing More than getting by rethinking academic writing/communication skills programmes in Ghanaian higher education, First National Conference and Workshop on Academic Writing/Communication Skills Programme, at the University of Cape Coast, June 12-13, 2015.
  • Amponsah, P. N. (2014, May). Globalization and ICT: Trends, prospects and dangers. Paper presented at the meeting of the Obuasi Diocesan Co-workers (Priests and Religious), Pope John Paul II Formation Centre, Ofoase-Kokoben, Bekwai.
  • Amponsah, P. N. (2012, September). Exposure to hidden prejudices, hate speech, stereotypes and misconceptions: Approaches to the responsible use of content and language. Paper presented at the public lecture of reporters and stringers at the Ghana News Agency Workshop on Upgrading GNA's Human Capital for In-depth Tracking and Reportage/ Coverage of Election 2016, at Abesim-Sunyani. 
  • Amponsah, P. N. (2012, September). Ethical guidelines on election reporting as spelled out by the Ghana Journalism Association, National Media Commission, and Ghana Independent Broadcasters Association. Paper presented at the public lecture of reporters and stringers at the Ghana News Agency Workshop on Upgrading GNA's Human Capital for In-depth Tracking and Reportage/Coverage of Election 2016, at Abesim-Sunyani.
  • Facilitator. Connecting media and civil society organisations for credible 2012 elections. A STAR-Ghana sponsored Workshop at Eusbett Hotel, Sunyani, June 21, 2012.
  • Participant. The Church and State partnership in education: The Catholic Church experience, challenges and the way forward. National Forum on Catholic Education, April 19-23, 2010 at the Christian Village, Kumasi.
  • Amponsah, P. N. (2010, May). Teenage girls, relationships with the opposite sex, and managing relational misunderstandings. Paper presented at the Guidance and Counselling Symposium, Notre Dame Secondary School, Fiapre - Sunyani, May 2010.
  • Participant. Developing a comprehensive framework for cooperation among ACUHIAM members and promoting quality assurance. The Conference of Association of Catholic Universities and Higher Institutes of Africa and the Madagascar (ACUHIAM), November 2006 at Nairobi - Kenya.

Participation in Events

  1. Keynote Address and Questions & Answers: "The Word of God Transforming Marshallans for Leadership" Forum for Grand Knights/ Regional Grand Knights and Noble Ladies/ Regional Noble Ladies (Virtual) on February 12, 2021.
  2. Presentation: "Exposure to hidden prejudices, hate speech, stereotypes, and misconceptions: Approaches to the responsible use of content and language" at the public lecture for reporters and stringers at the Ghana News Agency Workshop on Upgrading GNA's Human Capital for In-depth Tracking and Reportage/Coverage of Election 2016 in Abesim-Sunyani, September 2012.
  3. Facilitator: Workshop titled "Connecting media and civil society organisations for credible 2012 elections", sponsored by STAR-Ghana at Eusbett Hotel Sunyani on June 21, 2012.
  4. Participant: "Doing More than getting by: rethinking academic writing/communication skills programmes in Ghanaian higher education" at the First National Conference and Workshop on Academic Writing/Communication Skills Programme at the University of Cape Coast, June 12-13, 2015.
  5. Presentation: "Globalization and ICT: Trends, prospects, and dangers" at the meeting of the Obuasi Diocesan Co-workers (Priests and Religious) at Pope John Paul II Formation Centre, Ofoase-Kokoben Bekwai, May 2014 .

Workshop Attended

  1. Participant in the "First National Conference and Workshop on Academic Writing/Communication Skills Programme" at the University of Cape Coast, Ghana (June 12-13, 2015).
  2. Facilitator at the "Connecting media and civil society organisations for credible 2012 elections," a STAR-Ghana sponsored Workshop at Eusbett Hotel, Sunyani (June 21, 2012).
  3. Participant in the "National Forum on Catholic Education" discussing the partnership between Church and State in education, challenges, and future directions (April 19-23, 2010).
  4. Participant in the "Conference of Association of Catholic Universities and Higher Institutes of Africa and Madagascar (ACUHIAM)" focused on developing a framework for cooperation among members and promoting quality assurance (November 2006, Nairobi - Kenya).
  5. Participant in multiple sessions at the AEJMC 2023 Conference in Washington D.C. (August 7-10, 2023), covering topics like "Hate speech criminalization: Exploring 'incitement,'" "Why do young people resist algorithm systems: Embedded algorithm ethical factors," "Strong platform vs. weak users: A study on privacy deprivation of digital platform users," and "Scrubbing in the digital age: The ethical issue no one is talking about because it's deleted" .