Rita Yaa Nmai, M.A.

Rita Yaa Nmai, M.A.

Title: Senior Lecturer
Office: Kolbe Hall 66
Phone: 330-972-7600
Email: ryn1@uakron.edu


Rita is originally from Ghana in West Africa. She worked as a T.V. news reporter before moving to the U.S. As a reporter, Rita reported on local and national news stories and also got the opportunity to work on feature stories for CNN World Report. She has been teaching part time at the School of Communication since Fall of 2006. Some of her courses taught include Survey of Communication Theory and Effective Oral Communication. She currently teaches Introduction to Public Speaking, a course that introduce students to the principles and theories of effective communication in public speaking and is a general education requirement for all students at the University of Akron.


  • MA, Business Organizational Communication; May 2005, University of Akron; Akron, Ohio
  • BA (Cum Laude) Business Organizational Communication and Public Relations; May 2002, University of Akron; Akron, Ohio
  • Certificate in Human Development Reporting, July 1995, British Council and Ghana Institute of Journalism; Accra, Ghana
  • Certificate in Population Communication, November 1992, UNFPA and Ghana Institute of Journalism; Accra, Ghana
  • Diploma in Journalism, June 1989, Ghana Institute of Journalism; Accra, Ghana


  • Survey of Communication Theory
  • Effective Oral Communication
  • Introduction to Public Speaking