About Faculty & Staff 2013

Our Staff


picture-340-1333389949Dr. Leslie Steeves

Program Director

I first came to Ghana on Fulbright in 1996 and have been returning ever since. Ghana is a beautiful and accessible country offering rich opportunities for media internships.   2013 marks my 11th year bringing UO SOJC students to Ghana. It is exciting and humbling to see such a growing interest in sub-Saharan Africa at UO.


Dr. Michael “Doc” Williams

On-site adviser; Executive Director of the Aya Center

I have been working with the Media in Ghana program for several years now, and I have enjoyed my experience immensely. The quality of students who have participated in this program have been phenomenal — extremely bright, talented and creative! What I enjoy most about the program is seeing how both the student and the agencies they work for benefit from this service-learning experience. In short, everyone’s a winner, and I enjoy being involved in something this positive.

Dr. Margert AmoakokeneDr. Margaret Amoakohene

Lecturer and Acting Director, School ofCommunication Studies, University of Ghana, Program Partner

“It is a pleasure to partner with the University of Oregon by placing students in internships and providing transportation.  Every year we look forward reports of the students’ experiences and their many contributions to Ghana’s media”

Dr. Audrey GadzekpoDr. Audrey Gadzekpo,

Professor and past director, School of Communication Studies, University of Ghana

“Over the years I’ve thoroughly enjoyed lecturing the Oregon journalism students and consulting with them on their papers, projects, and internships.  I hope to visit the University of Oregon very soon.”

edEd Madison

Assistant Professor in Multimedia Journalism

I’m an assistant professor in journalism at the SOJC, where I also received my Ph.D.(2012). My research looks at the intersection of media, education, and technology. I teach multimedia journalism, digital publishing, and media entrepreneurship.  I’m pleased to support Leslie Steeves who directs our Media in Ghana study abroad program. This my second visit to this great country.


Eric Nyarko

Obroni Bus conductor; Professional laugh-maker and advice-giver

What are your thoughts about driving? “That is my profession, and therefore I don’t find it difficult to drive you guys around.I’ve been doing this work since 1999.”

Do you like our group? “Why not?! (Eric laugh) One thing I have found about this group is that almost everybody is friendly



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