Rasha Abdullah has resigned as Chair of the Department of Journalism and Mass Communication (JRMC) last week, citing a number of new professional endeavors and as well as problems within the department. Abdulla first tried to resign in April, but her request was subsequently rejected.
In an email sent out to journalism faculty, Abdullah took responsibility for many of the issues that were transpiring in the department including some personal and professional problems with the members of faculty, and also made mention of some of the things she has accomplished during her chairmanship, including “raising the GPAs for the three majors, improving the grade inflation problem, and generally raising the academic standards in classes and improving the reputation of the majors among students.”
Abdulla says she will be taking this time to focus on other projects including “teaching, research, and activism at this crucial time in Egypt’s history.”
Mervat Abou Oaf, associate professor of practice and former associate chair of the Department of Journalism and Mass Communication noted that Prof. Hussein Amin will be in interim chair of Journalism and Mass communications until elections are held at a later date this year.
Abdulla’s achievements as chair include raising the academic standard of the department. She states, “We enhanced the admission criteria, so now students would have had to completed rhetoric 201 instead of just being registered and they also undertake a special English exam that the department has created. Academic wise, I think we have done pretty well. There are other issues that are outside of this department really, that the school has introduced and (has) not given us their policies in complete form.”
Abdulla’s resignation comes amidst a number of problems within the JRMC Department. While she maintains that she is not totally responsible, she says, “That is not to say that I am the perfect manager; I’m sure that I have my shortcomings, but the department has a lot of issues and I am not taking responsibility for all the issues, some of the issues are external, and some of the issues were caused by faculty members themselves.”
By: Dalia Abbas