Deputy Rector’s Profile
Prof. Eric Opoku Mensah, a scholar in rhetoric and media studies, is now the Deputy Rector of the Ghana Institute of Journalism, having been appointed to that position in April, 2020, he, however, assumed official duties on 1st August, 2020.
Prof. Opoku Mensah holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English Language major degree and also a Master of Philosophy in English Language from the University of Cape Coast. He completed his doctoral degree at the University of Cape Town, South Africa and his doctoral research focused on an examination of the political communication of Kwame Nkrumah.
Prof. Opoku Mensah has supervised many undergraduate and postgraduate students. He has also taught both undergraduate and postgraduate courses. His research traces the rhetorical dynamics within Ghana’s democratic culture. Particularly, presidential communication and the different spaces and situations within which they are created and performed. Concerning rhetorical performances, he has also been greatly interested with Nkrumah’s pan African rhetorical enterprise, his pre and post-independence rhetorical artefacts, their formations and how they have contributed in the creation of nationhood and citizenship in a burgeoning democratic society. He is currently working on the rhetoric and/of the media and the political communication machinery under Ghana’s fourth Republic. Prof. Opoku Mensah has attended many international conferences and workshop in Africa, Europe, the United States and Asia. He serves as a reviewer for several local and international journals in language and communication studies. He serves as an External Assessor for the National Accreditation Board (NAB) and as an External Examiner for some public and private universities in Ghana. He is a frequent visiting scholar to Uppsala University, Sweden. He has numerous peer-reviewed articles in both local and international Journals.
Apart from his academic work, Prof. Opoku Mensah has considerable experience in Ghana’s higher education landscape in terms of policy framework and university union leadership. He has participated in numerous workshops and foras on higher education policy developments both local and international. Some of these programmes have recently taken him to the International Labor Organisation (ILO) conference, Geneva; Education International Conference (EI) in Taipei and Bangkok.
Prof. Opoku Mensah has deep experience in higher education management and he is the immediate past National President of the University Teachers Association of Ghana (UTAG National); has served as Local President and Local Vice President of the University of Cape Coast.
He has served in various administrative positions and on several boards both within and outside the University of Cape Coast. Among these are serving on University of Cape Coast Council, Academic Board, College Board, Faculty Boards, Heads of the Communication Studies Department and several others. He has a clear understanding of Ghana’s Higher Education Policy framework and has participated in several workshops on the new Tertiary Education Policy in Ghana and participated in critical discussions on the University Bill.
He has worked closely with the Fair Wages and Salary Commission and recently led UTAG to negotiate for improved salaries and an increase to the Book and Research Allowance for all Senior Members of public Universities in Ghana. He led UTAG to develop the first-ever conditions of service document for academic senior members in public universities in Ghana.
Prof. Opoku Mensah has won a number of grants from the Swedish Council for Higher Education, Education International, Swedish National Bank, The Swedish Foundation for International Cooperation in Research and Higher Education (STINT) and Uppsala Forum for Democracy, Peace and Justice, among others. He has contributed meaningfully to University of Cape Coast’s internationalization agenda by securing funding for faculty and students to participate in exchange programmes abroad.
GIJ therefore warmly welcomes Prof. Eric Opoku Mensah and hopes that he brings his wide-ranging experiences to bear as the Institution continues in its transformation agenda to fulfill its mission as the “the preferred communications training institute in Africa, upholding high academic standards and producing world-class professionals for the transformation of society.”