Dr. Folu Ogundimu is a professor in the School of Journalism and the College of Communication Arts & Sciences at Michigan State University, East Lansing. At MSU, Dr. Ogundimu teaches courses on international journalism and media globalization, broadcasting, health communication and documentary research in journalism and mass communication. He was the director and principal investigator of the WHO Nigeria polio communications project (2010-11). He is co-editor of Media and Democracy in Africa (2002; 2003); and issue editor of the journal of African Rural and Urban Studies, (1997). He served as Faculty Excellence Advisor for the College of Communication Arts & Sciences (2009-12) and is Chair of the African Studies Center Advisory Committee. He is a Member of the Center for Health and Risk Communication, the African Studies Core Faculty, and the Center for Advanced Study of International Development. Prof. Ogundimu is an advisor to Freedom House (NY) and the African Capacity Building Foundation (Tanzania). He was a Senior Research Associate for Afrobarometer and the Center for Democracy and Development, Ghana; Research Associate for the Globalization Research Center on Africa, UCLA; and Visiting Professor at the University of Lagos, Nigeria (2008). He previously served as a consultant to the USAID, (Zambia, 1995), and the UN Economic Commission for Africa (Ethiopia (2002, 2003).
Roles & Responsibilities
Chair, African Studies Advisory Committee Member, Center for Health and Risk Communication; Member, African Studies Core Faculty Member, Center for Advanced Study of International Development Member, African-African-American Studies Core Faculty Advisor, Freedom House (NY) Advisor, African Capacity Building Foundation (Arusha, Tanzania)
International Journalism (JRN 375) Radio and TV News 1 (JRN 306)
Key Research Interest
African media, democracy, and governance; health communications and media; press and politics; media globalization; political communication; international journalism and broadcasting.
1. Managing the spread of polio disease in Nigeria 2. Press and politics in Nigeria 3. The newspaper press and British colonialism in World War 2.
What are three things you want your students to know about you?
1. My classes are demanding but I am fair, even generous. 2. I expect my students to read widely, engage in critical thinking, be skeptical of facts but respectful of opinion. 3. Good journalism depends on holding true to being accountable personally and being responsible for the public interest.
Scholarship depends on the scientific pursuit of truth but certainty is limited by the boundary of infinite knowledge.
Describe in one sentence what you hope your students learn from you, your scholarly work or teaching
An uneventful life is a life of boredom, change is the only constant in life, how best to manage change with a deep sense of internal fortitude and self dignity is the essence of an accomplished and fulfilled life.
Describe yourself in five words or less.
Live fearlessly not recklessly.