Prof. Richard Nlemanya Amadi, a Professor of Public Relations and Media Strategy is the pioneer Dean of the Faculty of Communication and Media Studies, Rivers State University, Port Harcourt. Prior to his appointment as the dean of the faculty, he was the Acting Dean, Faculty of Social Sciences and Head of Department of the defunct Mass Communication Programme between 2018 – 2020 and 2021 – 2022. Also, he served as the Sub-Dean between 2019 until his appointment as current Dean of the Faculty of Communication and Media Studies 2022.
Prof. R. N. Amadi obtained his Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Mass Communication from the Enugu State University of Science and Technology, Enugu, Nigeria in 2013. Master of Arts (MA), Mass Communication, from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, Nigeria in 2000. Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.) in Mass Communication, Rivers State University of Science and Technology, Nkpolu- Oroworukwo, Port Harcourt, Nigeria in 1996.
The erudite professor has several productive works to his name, which includes; over 30 national journals, over 20 foreign journals, edited and written several chapters in research books. He had attended over 18 academic conferences. He had been Chairman, Secretary, and Member of over 15 committees of the Rivers State University. Prof. R.N. Amadi is a member of several professional Bodies such as the Advertising Practitioners Council of Nigeria (APCON), Association of Communication Scholars and Professionals of Nigeria (ACSPN), Nigerian Institute of Public Relations (NIPR), African Council for Communication Education (ACCE), Institute of Corporate Administration of Nigeria (ICAN), Institute of Mass Communication and Information Management (IMIM), Rivers State Chapter and the Rivers State Chapter, Nigeria Union of Journalist (NUJ) respectively.
The communication scholar was promoted to the academic rank of professorship in June 2021. Prof. Richard Nlemanya Amadi is happily married with three children.