Muhammad Shajjad Ahsan PhD
Muhammad Shajjad Ahsan PhD Professor, Department of Drama & Dramatics



My interest in teaching has been fostered by twenty five years of graduate as well as post-graduate tutoring\teaching and mentoring at Jahangirnagar University. I have had considerable amount teaching experience in a number of core Media undergraduate courses, including Screen Writing, Media Production Studies, Video Project 2: Docu-Fiction and Film Studies. I have also tutored courses such as Acting for Radio, Television and Film, and Directing for Radio, TV and Film.
  I usually deliver lectures to students and trained them up as student actors or directors for the screen and drama productions through practical workshops. I have also taught a course on ‘Research Methodology’. This compulsory course was designed for the Doctoral students in enhancing their knowledge in the qualitative and quantitative methods and enabling them in applying the understanding in their own research design.

Apart from those courses I also taught several other courses including Advertising, Aesthetics, Bangla Literature and Art, Emergence of Bangladesh, Greek Drama, Introduction to Bangla Theatre and Introduction to World Theatre, Shakespearean Drama, Set Design and Construction and Theatre Production courses. I therefore consider myself well placed to extend my teaching in these areas as well confident to get involved in developing new modules and courses. My interest and confidence in teaching has been reinforced further over the years through my participation as guest lecturers on numerous occasions in different institutions such as the Asian University of Bangladesh, Perdana College of Malaysia (Dhaka Campus), Bangladesh University, East West University Bangladesh, Independent University Bangladesh, University of Liberal Arts Bangladesh, National Institute of Mass Communication, Bangladesh and Bangladesh Cinema and Television Institute. While lecturing any module I had total responsibility for determining module objectives, planning and assessment criteria. Hence I am use to input into the design and content of lecture programmes.


In 2006, when I was the Head of the department at the Department of Drama and Dramatics, I spent a significant amount of time liaising with my colleagues and administration within the department, faculty and across the university. I also took part in the Senate body, Academic Council and the Board of Advanced Studies to define the academic goals of my department to the internal stakeholders. I have worked with the various ethnic groups and organisations to enhance my organisational skills. at the Moreover my prior experience of working as a Media Consultant in the English in Action programme at the Open University of UK proved my abilities of organisational skill where I was able to complete my assignments successfully.

I have experience of working in the media industries in Bangladesh.  I have worked in a 16mm film production in Bangladesh, where my responsibility was to arrange, rehearse, coordinate and conduct production activities during pre-production, production and post-production phases as a Chief Assistant Director. I have co-produced five episodes of a TV series which were broadcasted on the TV channel, ‘Channel I’ on 2003.  A flexible approach and adaptability to overcome the limitation of working in a different workplace was learned through this engagement.


My ability to communicate rationally and friendlily made me confident to work effectively with a team. Preparing academic calendars and planning strategies for its implementation eventually helped my colleagues for their further career development. Mentoring the junior colleagues by the senior colleagues was proven as an effective way for team responsibility in the academic arena.

I have good communication skills, as my jobs at Jahangirnagar University, AQA, the Open University, UK and the University of Manchester and other academic organisations have allowed me to deal with my students, colleagues and other people verbally. Moreover my written skills have been enhanced gradually over the last twenty years through my academic as well administrative writing practice. My work as a Media Consultant and Transcriber in the English in Action programme at the Open University of UK was another testimony of my communication skills.


I’ve taken the challenge to work individually in many research projects. For example, while working with the minor ethnic groups (Khasia, Tripuri and Monipuri) in Sylhet Division of Bangladesh, I carefully planned and organised my research projects effectively and conducted many small focus groups (FG) discussion to obtain perceptions of a defined interest area. Conducting FGs in the permissive and non-threatening environment helped me to get a wider range of information than other research strategies. I have also long-standing experience in conducting interviews, case studies and other methods such as observation techniques and secondary data-gathering methods. My ability to manage codes and utilise large volumes of data was proven through the successful completion of my various post-doctoral research works at the Manchester Institute of Innovation and Research and at the School of Arts and Digital Industries of the University of East London.

I am enthusiastic about ongoing research in Media Innovations and Media Practices. I am particularly keen to work on exploring the roles of innovation in the film industry of Bangladesh.


(i)  আহসান , মুহাম্মদ সাজ্জাদ ; সাহিত্যের চলচ্চিত্রায়নঃপ্রেক্ষিত বাংলাদেশ, বাংলাদেশ এশিয়াটিক সোসাইটি পত্রিকা, Volume 36, Winter Issue, December 2018, 169-188.

(ii)Ahsan, M S; Impacts of Funding in Digitising the Bangladesh Film Industry: Challenges Ahead; South Asian Popular Culture Volume 14, Issue 3, 2016, 241-248.

(iii) Ahsan, M S & Malik, Khaleel; The Role of an Intermediary Agent in Technology Integration within Developing Countries: A Film Industry Perspective; Procedia Social and Behavioral Sciences, 195, July 2015; 151 – 156.

(iv) Ahsan, M S & Dudrah, Rajinder; Bangladesh Film Industry: Challenges and Opportunities of Workforce Development in the Digital Age; The Jahangirnagar Review Part C, Volume XXVI, April 2015, 147-173. 

Academic Info

Institute: University of Manchester
Period: 2006-2011

PhD in Drama(Screen Studies)

Institute: University of Sunderland
Period: 2001-2002

MA in Media Production(Television/Video)

Institute: Jahangirnagar University
Period: 1986-89 and 1989 to 1990

BA(Honours) and MA in Drama

Institute: Jahangirnagar University

BA(Honours) & MA in Drama (Jahangirnagar University)

MA in Media Production  (University of Sunderland)

PhD in Drama(Screen Studies) (University of Manchester)


Organization: MIoIR , University of Manchester and School of ADI, University of East London
Position: Visiting Scholar and Academic Visitor
Period: August 2014 to August 2015 and July 2016 to July 2017

I have worked as a Visiting Scholar in Media and Communications in the School of Arts and Digital Industries of the University of East London from July 2016 to July 2017. My research project focused on exploring the policy challenges in developing a consumer friendly mobile TV market in Bangladesh.
I have also worked as an Academic Visitor (Aug 2014-Aug 2015) at the Manchester Institute of Innovation and Research (MIoIR). There I‘ve focused to understand the dynamics of selecting suitable broadcast technology for digital television switchover in Bangladesh.


Muhammad Shajjad Ahsan PhD

Department of Drama & Dramatics
Jahangirnagar University, Savar, Dhaka-1342, Bangladesh.
Work Phone: PABX 0088 02 7791045-51 Ext 2046