HEAD OF DEPARTMENTS FACULTY OF AGRICULTURE
Dr. (Mrs) Beulah Imoh Ekerete is an Associate Professor of Agricultural Extension and Rural Development at the University of Uyo, Nigeria.
She is the acting Head, Department of Agricultural Economics and Extension of the University of Uyo (March, 2021) and had served as a representative of the Faculty of Agriculture to the Faculty of Business Administration and faculty of Medical Science. As a multi breed extension expert, she obtained her B. Agric. (Hons) in Agricultural Economics and Extension from University of Calabar; M.Sc in Agricultural Extension Service and Ph.D in Agricultural Extension and Rural Development from the University of Ibadan. In her resolve to pioneer people oriented agricultural policies and programmes, she has consulted for several Agencies of the government and private establishments.
She was a principal EIA consultant for the proposed Akwa Ibom Rice Enterprise Development Project 2005; consultant EIA (Socio- Economic Studies) on the proposed cottage Hospital in Akwa Ibom State; assistant Consultant, EIA (Socio – Economic Studies) for Exxon Mobil East Area Project- additional Oil Recovery (EAP- AOR) in Akwa Ibom State. Handled by Prodec Fugro Ltd PH.2003; Assistant Consultant, EIA (Socio-Economic Studies) on Proposed Urban Renewal Road Construction in Uyo, 2010; Assistant Consultant: EIA (Socio- Economic Studies) on proposed Ring Road 3 project in Uyo, 2011.
Her professional background and advocacy in gender mainstreaming is well rooted having worked as a Subject Matter Specialist (SMS) for Women in Agriculture (WIA) at Akwa Ibom ADP, Eket Zone before joining academics where she specialized in rural community development, rural sociology, extension education, gender.
She has taught and mentored under graduate and postgraduate students in Extension Teaching, Learning Process & Method, Technological Change in Agriculture, Rural Community Development, Diffusion of Innovation and Agricultural Cooperatives, Agricultural Journalism, Philosophy and Psychology of Extension Work, Rural Development Policies and Programmes, Leadership and Agricultural Youth Programmes, Gender Issues In Extension Work.
She has successfully supervised 2 Ph.D dissertations, 10 M.Sc Thesis and over 15 degree projects. She has to her credit 70 publications (42 Journal articles, 9 conference proceedings, 19 technical papers). Until her appointment as acting head of department, she has served in different capacities within the University as undergraduate Seminar Coordinator, Faculty Examination Malpractices Committee, member Teaching and Research Farm Committee, Member Direct Teaching and Laboratory Cost (DTLC) Fund Utilization Committee, Member Committee of bifurcation of Department of Agricultural Economics and Extension, Member The Academic and Research Board of the Clement Isong Centre for Development Studies, 2012/ 2013 Session.
She is a member of Agricultural Extension Society of Nigeria (AESON), Nigerian Rural Sociological Association (NRSA), Agricultural Society of Nigeria (ASN) and Organization for Women in Science for the Developing World (OWSD). She is happily married with three children.
Dr. Mildred O. Ekot is a Senior Lecturer and the Acting Head of the Department of Home Economics. She holds B. Sc (ED) and M. Sc in Home Economics and a Ph. D in Human and Family Development. She has published over thirty (30) articles in reputable peer reviewed journals and has contributed several book chapters to refereed books including; Poverty Reduction Strategies in Africa and Family Socioeconomic and Cultural Issue: A Continuing Home Economics Concern.
Her research interest focuses on home and family life, particularly survival, well being, and development of vulnerable members of the family- the elderly and Children.
She is a member of many professional Associations, some of which are the International Federation for Home Economics (IFHE), Society for Home Economics in Nigeria (SHEN), Home Economics Practitioners of Nigeria (HEPAN).