Agodzo, Divine
Sessional Instructor of Media + Communication
Office
Vernon Strombeck Centre #109
Phone
+1 (604) 513-2121 ext. 3356

Department(s) or Program(s)

Biography

Divine Agodzo holds an MA in communication with a specialization in communication education from Spring Arbor University (Michigan) and a BA in journalism from Concordia University (Montreal). He has 20 years combined experience in journalism, strategic corporate/organizational communication, public relations, and business communication. Divine’s journalism experience includes working as a magazine staff writer in Ghana and as a freelancer for Canadian publications including The Montreal Gazette, Enterprise magazine and various community newspapers. Divine served in both agency and in-house roles in public relations, with a  focus on writing communication collateral such as news/media products, speeches for company executives, employee engagement messages from business leaders, and  corporate reports (annual reports, accountability reports, etc.), to name a few. Divine’s public relations portfolio includes projects for clients including Okanagan wineries, Canadian financial institutions, B.C. government ministries/agencies, professional associations, and non-profits.

After leaving a media relations management role with a leading credit union, Divine now serves business clients as a communication consultant, in addition to teaching. He lives in Surrey, B.C. with his wife Roseline and their two children, Edem and Esem.

Research & Scholarship

PUBLICATIONS AND PAPERS

  • Strom, B., & Agodzo, D. (2018). More than talk: A covenantal approach to everyday communication (5th ed.). Dubuque, IA: Kendall Hunt.
  • Agodzo, D. (2016). “Burying their heads in the sand”: Critical race media literacy and Surrey School District teachers. Multicultural Education, 24(1), 25-30.
  • Woods, R. H., Skarritt-Williams, K., Chan, C., Waters, K., & Agodzo, D. (2016). Motivations for reading the Left Behind book series: A uses and gratifications analysis. Journal of Media and Religion, 15(2), 63-77.
  • Agodzo, D. (2015, June). Digital faith: An autoethnographic examination of the YouVersion Bible app. Paper presented at the 13th International Conference on New Directions in the Humanities, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada.

Education

  • Master of Arts, Communication, Spring Arbor University, Michigan, USA
  • Bachelor of Arts (distinction), Journalism, Concordia University, Montreal, Canada

Awards & Honors

  • Concordia University Gordon Fisher Award for most outstanding BA Journalism graduate
  • Concordia University Frank B. Walker Journalism Award for best writer

Expertise

  • Business/professional communication (organizational, corporate, PR, marketing, technical)
  • Public communication
  • Strategic communication
  • Writing (for public relations, journalism, brand journalism, content marketing)

Courses Taught

MCOM 111: Introduction to Mass Communication

MCOM 191: Research & Writing in Communication

MCOM 252: Introduction to Public Relations

MCOM 351: Business & Technical Writing

MCOM 372: Cross-cultural Communication

MCOM 475: Communication & Diversity