Assoc. Prof. Patrick Mangeni has been appointed the new Dean, School of Liberal and Performing Arts in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences. He takes on from Dr Paddy Musana who has been acting in the position since August 2014 when the substantive (former Dean), Assoc. Prof. Byaruhanga Rukooko, went on sabbatical. Dr Mangeni will hold the office for the next four years. He has been the Head of the Department of Performing Arts and Film.
Dr. Mangeni is an Associate Professor of Applied Theater . He holds a Master of Arts in theatre Studies from the University of Leeds, UK and a PhD in Applied Theatre from Griffith University, Australia. His research and publications have been in a number of areas including; gender and theatre, community theatre or theatre for development addressing issues ranging from health, to human rights and development; education and drama as well as children’s theatre play. He has written more than 5 community theatre plays and has hosted a series of programs as well as written plays for both radio and television. He has directed more than seven theatrical productions in Uganda, Kenya, and Norway.
Dr. Mangeni has served on many boards and committees including: the International Editorial Board, Research in Drama Education (RIDE Journal) Routledge; The Projects Working Committee- International Drama and Educational Association (IDEA); Member, Review Committee for the American History Month essay writing competition Organized by the American centre; Secretary to the Executive Committee of The International Drama/Theatre and Education Association (IDEA); Member National Committee for the Schools’ Music, Dance & drama Festival and the National committee for the 13th World festival of Youth and students held in Pyongyang North Korea,Member Organising Committee for the 1st Edition of the East African Community Arts and Culture Festival and Coordinator Youth Theatre Projects Uganda . He has received a number of fellowships and awards including: the Certificate of recognition for his contribution to the Development of Literature and Writing in Uganda by FEMRITE, Kampala.
During the handover ceremony held in the Humanities Resource Centre on Friday, 13th 2015, Dr Mangeni expressed gratitude for the support and cordial working relationship between the outgoing Dean and the Department of Performing Arts and Film. He described Dr Musana as a team player with positive criticism. He pledged to further build the profile of the School through rigorous research conducted by members of staff.
The Principal, Prof. Edward K. Kirumira, thanked the outgoing Dean, Dr Paddy Musana, for accepting to act when Dr Rukooko went on Sabbatical. Dr Musana is the substantive Head of the Department of Religion and Peace Studies.
Prof. Kirumira pledged support to the new Dean and urged him to exercise neutrality in the course of his duties. He also appealed to him to work with the Heads of Department and staff to develop the research agenda of the School.
The outgoing Dean, Dr Musana, congratulated the new Dean upon his appointment and thanked the Principal, Deputy Principal and the staff in the office of the Dean for the support rendered to him during his term of office. He outlined the challenges faced by the School and promised to support to the new Dean to improve the status.
The handover ceremony was witnessed by among others, Mr Benson Barigye from Internal Audit, the College Human Resource Officer, Ms Josephine Apolot Opolot and the College Registrar, Mr Vincent Ekwang.