New Advertising chair focused on helping outstanding program compete at highest level

Advertising Chair Dr. Osei Appiah

By Dan Meyers

The new chair of the Department of Advertising, Osei Appiah, PhD, says he is eager to continue the department’s thriving education program and expand research.

Appiah also wants to expand connections to the Philadelphia community — especially young people who remind him of himself a few decades ago, growing up in poverty, unaware of the possibilities.

“The positioning of Temple in the city, and its reach into the city, are particularly important to me,” Appiah says. In addition to research, “I also am committed to outreach and engagement.”

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New Advertising curriculum includes focus on digital skills for job market

To prepare students for the evolving job market, the Department of Advertising is rolling out a new curriculum that increases the emphasis on the digital side of advertising. The Department will now also offer a new concentration in media planning.

The department will continue to teach the core communication skills and advertising knowledge that students need, while adding several new courses. The changes take effect in the Fall 2015 semester.

The biggest new area of the curriculum embraces the technological advancement in how media firms, corporations and ad agencies present, acquire and track information. Many courses already included these developments but the new curriculum officially builds them into the structure of the department in required and elective courses. Current juniors and seniors can choose to remain with the prior curriculum.

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