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Dennis Howard

 

dennis howardDr. Dennis Howard is a 30-year veteran of broadcasting and entertainment. He is a brilliant and industrious musicologist who has a long list of stellar achievements and numerous affiliations.He is a board member of RETV, JNN, the Institute of Jamaica and the Jamaica intellectual Property Office. He is an avid member of the Jamaica Association of Composer Author and Publishers (JACAP), Jamaica Music Society (JAMMS) and International Association for the study of Popular Music (IASPM), just to name a few.



He has a Ph.D. in Cultural Studies and Ethnomusicology, Bachelors in Communications with Social Sciences and Diploma in Mass Communications, all from the University of the West Indies. He has worked in media as a radio and television personality, producer, programme manager, editor and entertainment writer. In the music business, he has a solid reputation as a Grammy nominated producer, artist manager, publicist, sound system deejay and production manager.

Currently, he is an adjunct lecturer at the Vocational Technical Development Institute (VTDI/HEART) and the Media Technology Institute. He has lectured and developed content for numerous courses including Music Business Management, Cultural Industries, Artist Management and Event Planning and Management at the University of the West Indies and VTDI HEART. He made a short appearance in 1998 as guest lecturer in the course, Music Marketing & Promotion at the Institute of Management and Production (now UCC). He has delivered keynote lectures and conference papers at various international universities including the prestigious CarnegieMellonUniversity.

Dr. Howard has multitudinous publications and seminar papers, which are contemplative and illuminate key issues in Jamaican culture. He is a voice in media and expresses important themes in his papers such as "Politics and Violence in Popular Jamaican Music" and in his book "Ranting from inside the Dancehall" which is, according to Dr. Howard "much more than just dancehall". Dr. Howard once stated, "I started writing because I wanted to change the face of what was called entertainment journalism by putting some critical analysis into it". It is through his thoughtful sense of artistic expression, diligence, responsibility and imagination that Dr. Howard has won several grants and awards. His forthcoming book is entitled, "The Creative Echo Chamber: Contemporary Music Production in Jamaica". The book is a comprehensive exploration of the recorded music industry of Jamaica.

This year, Dr. Dennis Howard joins the UCC Online adjunct faculty for the Fall 2015 semester to share his wealth of experience to the online course, Managing Cultural Diversity.

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