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Joseph Sule Rishante


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A former Deputy Vice-Chancellor Administration in Taraba State University, Dr. J. S. Rishante is also one-time Director of Academic Planning and Quality Assurance, Academic Dean, and Program Chair. He first joined AUN in 2012 with vast experience in faculty hiring and retention, Curriculum design, implementation, and evaluation (B.Sc., M.Sc., and Ph.D.) in a number of Nigerian universities with proven competence in applying the National University Commission guidelines for program accreditation in Nigerian universities. In addition to serving in senior management positions including council membership.
His research interest focuses on the area of Visual Communication and Diffusion of Innovations where he has authored many journal articles and books. He has played key roles in major international research including An Evaluation of the Sustainability of the Community Directed Treatment with Ivermectin (CDTI) in Adamawa State, funded by WHO and Helen Keller International (2006); A Survey to Determine the Knowledge, Attitude and Practices of Indigenous People in Relation to the Control of Eye Diseases in Borno State of Nigeria,  funded by World Health Organization (WHO) through Helen Keller International (2005); In Search of the Divining Rod: Hydrological Research in Northern Nigeria,  a Linkage International Research program between University of Jos and McMaster University Canada, funded by the Canadian International Development Agency (2000); Adolescent Sexuality Programs in Plateau State-funded by John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation (1997).
A former Commissioner of Education in Taraba State with vast experience in community development programs, he has designed and developed four student-centered multimedia design studios in the University of Jos, Ahmadu Bello University, Kwararafa University, and Taraba State University. Rishante is a pioneer film animator and puppetry designer in Nigeria while he was Controller of Television Production services with the Nigerian Television Authority in the 70s. Rishante has a proven scholarly ability to successfully carry out applied research projects for NGOs at the national and international levels. He is a Licentiate Member of the International Congress of Graphic Design Associations, as well as affiliated with a number of professional bodies in Nigeria.
Visual Communication
Diffusion of Innovations

International Conferences organized/ attended.

Attended the International Conference on Peace and Development, organized by the American University of Nigeria Yola, 2014.
Attended the National Conference on Transparency Accountability and Ethical Values in Tertiary Institutions for Sustainable Development, organized by TETFUND, Abuja 2014.
Attended the National Conference of Vice-Chancellors and Registrars of Private Universities in Ibadan, 2013.
Co-ordinated the International Conference of the Historical Society of Nigeria, organized by Taraba State University, 2012.
Directed the second National Film Animation and TV Graphics Workshop, organized by NTA TV College, 1980.
Directed the first International Film Animation Workshop organized by the Nigeria Television Authority, 1978.

Publications in Peer-Reviewed Journals

Rishante J. S., Akpan I. & Presly O. (2015) Diffusion modeling: A study of the Diffusion of “Jatropha Curcas” Based Diesel Oil (Jacodiesel) in Adamawa State, Nigeria: African Journal of Sustainable Development. Vol. 5, No. 1 pp 209 -224. Accessed:
Rishante J. S., Akpan I. & Presly O. (2014) AUN Community Services and Attitude Change among Stakeholders: The Unwritten Mantra: African Journal of Management, Social Sciences and Humanities 2, No. 1. pp
Rishante J. S., Akpan I. & Presly O. (2013) Audience Perception of Multi-media Approaches Towards HIV/AIDS Campaign in South-South Nigeria. International Journal of Asian Social Science. Vol. 3, No. 3 pp 727-740


Rishante J. S., Akpan I., Presly O. O., & Suntai D. (2013) Hedging and Blending of Advertising Design Elements: An Aesthetic Analysis. Research on Humanities and Social Sciences.  Vol. 3, No. 3, pp 1-13


Rishante, J. S. & Sarah G. (2012). Digital Violence; An Assessment of the Responses of Cell phone users to violent text messages. African Council for Communication Education (ACCE). Vol 1, No. 1, pp 357-368.
Rishante J. S., Ali Y. & Ahima E. (2011). A Corporate Community Relation Model of State owned Universities in Nigeria. TSU Journal of Arts and Social Sciences. 1, No. 1, pp 40-54
Member, Nigerian Institute of Public Relations (NIPR).
Member, African Council for Communication Education (ACCE).
Member, Nigerian Union of Journalists (NUJ).
Member, Radio and Television Workers Union (RATAWU).
Member, International Congress of Graphic Design Associations (ICOGRADA).
Fellow, Institute of Industrialists and Corporate Administrators (IICA).