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Dr. Bella Ezumah

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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



  • Peer-reviewed Journals:
  • 2013 Agenda setting, framing, and news interpretation of mass media coverage of the 2013 papal resignation. Journal of Communication and Media Research.
  • 2013 College students’ use of social media: Site preferences, uses and gratifications theory revisited. International Journal of Business and Social Science, 4(5), 27-34.
  • 2013 The quest for an operative and proficient website for African newspapers: A potential challenge to one-way international news flow?” Journal of Communication and Media Research, 5(1), 57-68.
  • 2013 (with Muuka, N.) AACSB accreditation: Towards assurance of learning best practices for the 5th year maintenance report. Academy of Business Research Journal.
  • 2013 Generation Y and online advertising: Perceptions and preferences of social media network sites. Journalism and Mass Communication, 3(6), 213-225
  • Book Chapters:
  • 2013 College students’ use of social media: Uses and gratifications theory revisited. In G. A. Bonin and Y. Pasadeos (Eds.). Research: Learning from the past, strategies for the future. Athens: ATINER Publications.
  • 2012 Planning and designing educational technology for low-income communities: A participatory and proactive approach. In N. Ekekwe and N. Islam (Eds.). Disruptive Technologies, Innovations and global Redesign: Emerging Implications (pp. 315-330). Hershey, PA: IGI Global.
  • 2012 (with Olunifesi, J. A.) - A review of privacy, internet security threat and legislationin Africa: A case study of Nigeria, South Africa, Egypt, and Kenya” In J. Abawajy, M. Pathan, M. Rahman, A. K. Pathan, and M. M. Deris (Eds.). Internet and distributed computing advancements: Theoretical frameworks and practical applications (pp. 115-136). Hershey, PA: IGI Global.

Grants and Awards:

  • 2013 - Kentucky Colonel Award – Governor’s Scholars Program
  • 2012 - Best Paper Award (with Muuka, N.): Academy of Business Research Conference in Biloxi, MS.
  • 2010 - NSF/AECT Grant: Competitive selection All-expense paid Early Career in the Professoriate Symposium, Anaheim, CA.
    2009 - National Science Foundation (NSF) Dissertation Improvement Grant $13,670.00
  • 2009 - Howard University Annual Graduate Research Day (Top three papers - $75)
  • 2007-2010: Frederick Douglass Scholarship – Academic Merit (Howard University)

Selected Service:

  • Distinguished Mentor Award Selection Committee member (Murray State University)
  • Florida Communication Journal (Manuscript Reviewer)
  • Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication (Manuscript Reviewer)
  • Elected member of the Parish Council (St. Leo Catholic Church, Murray, Ky)


  • JMC 168 Contemporary mass media
  • JMC 330 Mass Media Effects
  • JMC 400 International Communications
  • JMC 630 Theories of Mass Communications
  • JMC 658 New Technologies

Research Interests:

  • Monitoring and evaluation of educational technologies
  • International and cross-cultural communication
  • Social Media Networks uses and impact
  • Mass media effects
  • News Analysis

Professional Membership:

  • Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC)
  • Broadcast Education Association (BEA)
  • National Communication Association (NCA)
  • Southern States Communication Association (SSCA)
  • Athens Institute for Education and Research (ATINER)

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