Arriola of Arts and Letters is holder of Teodoro F. Valencia Professorial Chair in Journalism

Professor Joyce L. Arriola, PhD is the Teodoro F. Valencia Professorial Chair in Journalism and will be conferred the honor on November 13, 2021 (Saturday), during which she will likewise deliver her professorial lecture, entitled “The Prospects of Memory Studies in the Philippines.”

One of the most influential journalists in the Philippines

The Teodoro F. Valencia Professorial Chair in Journalism memorializes a man who was dubbed by the Associated Press as “one of the most influential journalists in the Philippines.” One of the first graduates of the University’s Journalism program, Teodoro “Ka Doroy” F. Valencia was a columnist and commentator best known for his column “Over a Cup of Coffee” and for his radio commentaries. The professorial chair in his honor was established by the Teodoro F. Valencia Foundation, Inc. and UST in 1988 to “improve journalism in the Philippines” and to “affirm UST’s commitment to inculcate in her students a Catholic moral principle and responsible press based on truth and justice.”

A decorated scholar of the Humanities

The Professorial Chair Holder, Professor Joyce Arriola, PhD, is a multi-awarded scholar, having received the Outstanding Book Award from the National Academy of Science and Technology and the 2018 Outstanding Achievement in Research in the Humanities Awardee by the National Research Council of the Philippines. A prolific researcher and an experienced administrator, she was the inaugural Director of the Research Center for Culture, Arts, and the Humanities and as the last Director of the old Center for Intercultural Studies. With academic credentials in literature, journalism, and communication, Arriola conducts multidisciplinary studies, specifically in cultural and memory studies.

Arriola teaches at the Faculty of Arts and Letters’s Department of Literature, where she was former Chair, and the Department of Communication and Media Studies, which she likewise headed years back.

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