Moniza Waheed is from Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia. She joined Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM) in 2005 as a Tutor at the Department of Communication, Faculty of Modern Languages and Communication. She currently serves as a Senior Lecturer at the same department where she holds 2 administrative positions: 1) Coordinator of the Bachelor of Communication program and 2) Coordinator of the Ph.D. Club (she established the club in 2014). Moniza obtained her Ph.D. in Political Communication from the University of Amsterdam in 2013. She graduated from Western Illinois University with a M. A. in Communication in 2008 and from Universiti Putra Malaysia with a Bachelor in Communication in 2004.

Within her 4 years of service as a Senior Lecturer at UPM, she secured 2 grants which she served as a Principal Researcher: 1) “Klik dengan Bijak” (Click Wisely): Safeguarding Youth in the Digital Age – awarded by the Malaysia Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) amounting in RM209,645.65 and 2) Exploring Journalists’ Role Conception and Professional Practice: A Malaysian Case Study – awarded by UPM’s University Grant for Young Scholars amounting in RM 24, 150. She was also a co-researcher for the “Formal-Informal Diversity Engagement and Civic Values of Final Year Undergraduates: Individual and Institutional Level Analysis” awarded by the Fundamental Research Grant Scheme amounting in RM89, 260.

Moniza is active in academic publications. She is currently the Editor for Human Communication, a flagship journal of the Pacific and Asian Communication Association. She has also served as a reviewer in Cited Indexed Journals such as the Journal of Intercultural Communication Research, Political Communication, and the International Journal of Public Opinion Research.

Till date, Moniza has authored and co-authored a total of 18 publications. This includes articles in Cited Indexed Journals (CIJ), non Cited Indexed Journals, book chapters, chapter in a module, and a newspaper article. Her academic articles can be found in the Journal of Intercultural Communication, Journalism Studies, Global Media Journal – Malaysia Edition, International Communication Gazette, Journal of Language and Communication, Journal of European Communication Research, Cogent Business Management, International Journal of Communication, Journal of Intercultural Communication Research, The Qualitative Report, Journal of Humanities and Social Science, and Communication Research Trends. Additionally, she has authored 5 commissioned reports.

Over the years, Moniza has presented 30 academic papers based on her research ideas and findings at international conferences such as the International Communication Association conference, the World Communication Association conference, the International Association for Media and Communication conference, etc. This has brought exposure to her work in many interesting countries such as Peru, South Africa, Kyrgyzstan, Japan, etc.

The full time undergraduate courses that Moniza regularly teaches at UPM are Persuasive Campaigns (KOH3366), Political Communication (KOH3365), and Public Oration (KOM3403). At the post-graduate level, she teaches Communication and Decision Making (KOM5319). She also teaches courses in the long distance program at the undergraduate and postgraduate level. Out of a full score of 5, her teaching evaluations lie between 4.37 and 4.81.

Since she began her role as a Senior Lecturer at UPM, Moniza has been the main supervisor for 23 undergraduate Bachelor of Communication final year projects, 6 Masters of Corporate Communication projects, 2 Masters of Science in Communication dissertations, and 4 Ph.D. dissertations. She is also a co-supervisor for 2 Masters of Science in Communication dissertations, and 13 Ph.D. dissertations.

Moniza also participates in consultancy projects with agencies such as UNICEF, the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC), USAID, the Malaysia One Health University Network (MyOHUN), Netflix, and Malaysia’s Ministry of Higher Education. Additionally, she contributes to community development through her position as the Advisor of the Serdang Royals Debate Club which organizes nation wide debate tournaments for university students and school children. Besides that, she organizes public lectures delivered by international scholars for the benefit of the academic society.

Her involvement in academia at UPM has won her several awards at the international and university level. Her latest achievements include the 2017/18 Fulbright Award to be a visiting scholar to the University of Houston, 1stplace for the Top Paper Award at the World Communication Association Conference 2017, UPM’s Excellent Service Award 2016, and UPM’s Vice Chancellor’s Fellowship Award for Young Researchers in the Social Science Category 2015.

In the future, Moniza intends to delve further into the fields that she is currently researching in – understanding the communication of public opinion and public behavior. Besides publishing her findings in journals and books, she believes that the information she obtains through her research should be further disseminated by having them incorporated into her teachings in classrooms, consultancy projects and in community development activities. She strongly champions efforts of building a society that is able to make educated decisions.

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