Dr. Bella Ezumah
Dr. Bellarmine (Bella) Ezumah
210 Wilson Hall
Ph.D. Howard University, Washington, DC
M.S. Brooklyn College of The City University of New York
B.S. St. John's University, New York
Dr. Ezumah joined Murray State University in the fall 2011 and teaches graduate and undergraduate courses including Mass Media Theories, New Technologies, International Communications, Mass Media Effects, and Contemporary Mass Communication. She received her PhD from Howard University, Washington, DC,; M.S. from Brooklyn College of the City University of New York; and B.S. from St. John’s University, New York. Her research adopts critical and qualitative methodologies and touches upon race, gender, socio-economic class, and ethnicity interests while transcending national boundaries. She has published over 15 peer-reviewed journal articles, book chapters, and conference proceedings. She has equally presented her work at over 15 academic conferences in the US, Greece, Nigeria, and Jamaica. She was named the 2014 Emerging Scholar at Murray State University.
Prior to joining Murray State, Ezumah served as the Director of Instructional Technology for the Catholic elementary and High Schools in the Boroughs of Brooklyn and Queens, NY. She is currently working in collaboration with professors at Osun State University, Nigeria, on a funded research that investigates the impact of Opon-Imo (Tablet of Knowledge). The tablet computer initiative puts learning devices in the hands of Nigerian senior secondary school students to prepare for standardized testing. The three year study investigates Opon-Imo impact on student learning and results from standardized testing, social or cultural impact on not only students but their families and the community as a whole. Other areas in which Ezumah has conducted empirical study are audience research with young adults and their social media usage and gratifications; communication policy with reference to Internet security threat and legislation in Africa; media globalization through African newspaper websites; business school accreditation, as well as religion and media.
In addition, she serves on the Editorial Board of the Academy of Business Research Journal, as the Newsletter Editor for the Minorities and Communication (MAC) Division of the AEJMC, as an Academic Member for the Athens Institute for Education and Research (ATINER) and reviews Manuscripts and conference papers for several academic organizations including Sage Publications.
In her spare time Ezumah volunteers at her church, St. Leo Catholic Church as a member of the Parish Council, Eucharistic minister, Instructor for the RCIA program, and delivers retreat workshop to Murray State Catholic students.
Here is a link to WKMS Murray State NPR Station interview with Ezumah on her work on Opon-Imo at Osun State http://wkms.org/post/msu-professor-helps-nigerian-university-put-tablets-hands-students.