Office: Sybil B. Harrington Fine Arts Complex, Room 265
Dr. Osei-Hwere joined the Department of Communication July 2008 as an assistant professor and was promoted to Associate Professor in 2014. She received a Ph.D. in mass communication from the Scripps College of Communication at Ohio University in Athens, Ohio. She also received a master's in international affairs with emphasis in communication and development from Ohio University. Her bachelor’s degree in publishing studies is from the University of Science and Technology in Ghana, West Africa.
Mass communication and journalism courses are the primary areas of specialization for Dr. Osei-Hwere. She currently teaches Mass Communication Ethics, Introduction to Journalism, Media Law and Introduction to Mass Communication for undergraduate students and Communication Instruction at the college level for graduate students. She also served as the instructor of record for the School of Media Arts and Studies and University College at Ohio University teaching Popular Culture, Exploring Globalization in the Developing World and World Broadcasting Systems. She has also taught special topics in education and developed two courses titled Media for Social Change and Children’s Media Globalization. She has more than 15 years of academic and professional experience in teaching, advising, student affairs administration and training. Dr. Osei-Hwere currently serves as one of the faculty advisers for the WTAMU chapter of the National Broadcasting Society.
Dr. Osei-Hwere’s research interests include international communication, media globalization, entertainment education, women and children’s media issues, world broadcasting systems as well as communication development and social change. Her dissertation analyzes the political and economic factors that influence the diversity of television content and programming available to children in Ghana. The dissertation is one of the few that examine children’s media in Africa. Dr. Osei-Hwere is the co-editor for the forthcoming 2009 Year Book for the UNESCO International Clearinghouse on Children, Youth and Media which also features Dr. Osei-Hwere’s co-authored article on the “State of Children’s Media in Africa.” She has also co-authored and written articles about Nollywood and Nigeria Video Films, HIV and Aids Advocacy, Street Children and Emerging Families, African Media and African children and Media for Social Change.
Dr. Osei-Hwere lives with her husband Patrick in Amarillo. She loves music with a passion and sings professionally during her time off from academic and research activity. She has recorded three gospel music albums with Joyfulway Incorporated in Ghana and sang background vocals for various Ghanaian artists. In 2004, she released her first solo album titled “Wait” written and composed by Patrick. She has two wonderful sisters who live with her mom and dad in Ghana, where she frequently travels with her husband during the fall and summer holidays.