About Faculty & Staff 2014


Dr. 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. 2014 marks my 12th 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.


edEd Madison

Assistant Professor in Multimedia Journalism

I’m an assistant professor at the School of Journalism and Communication, University of Oregon, where I teach multimedia, media entrepreneurship, and digital publishing. I began my media career at age 16 as an intern at the CBS affiliate television station in Washington, D.C. during the Watergate scandal. Shortly after completing my undergraduate degree at Emerson College, I was recruited to join the team that launched CNN as executive producer. I was later in Los Angeles for 23 years producing programs for CBS, ABC, A&E, Paramount, Disney, and Discovery.

Christopher Chávez 

Assistant Professor in Media Studies and Advertising.

In both my research and teaching, I’m very interested in the relationship between globalization,media and culture. Prior to becoming a professor, I worked for ten years as an advertising executive working at TBWA Chiat/Day, Goodby, Silverstein & Partners, Mullen and Publicis & Hal Riney. This is my first year with the Ghana program and am looking forward to working with such talented and capable students.




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