College of Communication > About > College News > 2020 News > Meet Oluseyi Adegbola, the PRAD Program's New Assistant Professor
By Jen Himes /
September 9, 2020 /
Posted in: Faculty /
We're excited to welcome
Oluseyi Adegbola to the College of Communication, the new assistant professor in the
Public Relations and Advertising program. Before Professor Adegbola earned an MA from the University of Nebraska at Omaha and a PhD in media and communication from Texas Tech University, he worked in the public relations office at the National Center for Energy Research & Development in Nigeria.
Learn more about Assistant Professor Adegbola through this Q&A, including why he decided to come to DePaul and what he's excited to explore in Chicago.
Assistant Professor Oluseyi AdegbolaWhat drew you to studying and teaching communication? What are your areas of research and expertise?
I decided to study communication after realizing it was applicable to just about every aspect of life, from sports to politics. Teaching communication allows me to pass on my love for the subject to others. My parents were teachers and I grew up watching them work closely with students, and that’s when I decided I wanted to do the same. My research looks at how media can influence opinion and political behavior.
What attracted you to DePaul, and what types of courses will you be teaching here?
First, I heard a lot of impressive things about DePaul and the PRAD program from people I respect very much. Meeting the faculty during my visit helped me recognize what a supportive environment the college provides and reinforced my interest. I will be teaching public relations courses, beginning with public relations principles (PRAD 255) and crisis communication management (PRAD 376) this fall.
What do you like to do in your spare time—do you have any hobbies or special interests?
I write in my spare time, everything from poetry to short fiction and other creative nonfictional work. I’m also an avid reader. I like to go hiking and enjoy nature as often as possible.
What do you like best about Chicago so far? Are there any places you’re excited to explore?
Despite being one of the biggest cities I’ve ever lived in, there’s a small-town feel to it. People are quite friendly and it’s a melting pot of so many cultures. I look forward to exploring the museums in Chicago.