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Campus Walk: Meet Dean Jennifer Greer

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (June 24, 2020) — “We turn passions into professions” is the new, fitting motto for the University of Kentucky College of Communication and Information. The college — which houses the Department of Communication, the School of Journalism and Media, the Department of Integrated Strategic Communication, the School of Information Science, and the Graduate Program in Communication — provides the building blocks for its students, faculty and staff to be lifelong learners.

On this campus walk, watch why it's so important to UK College of Communication and Information Dean Jennifer Greer to help her students turn their passions into careers they love.

“Regardless of which path you take in the college, we translate to the students how interconnected and how vital communication and information are in everything that we do,” Greer said. “Our students are innovative thinkers, creators and doers, and they find a home here.”

Greer became dean of the UK College of Communication and Information in the summer of 2019. Before coming to UK she served as associate provost at the University of Alabama, a position she held since August 2014.

Greer has been recognized for her excellence in teaching, having won college-wide teaching awards at Nevada and Alabama. She was also honored with a university award for excellence in academic advising at Alabama.

Dean Jennifer Greer of the UK College of Communication and Information.
UK College of Communication and Information students

The University of Kentucky is increasingly the first choice for students, faculty and staff to pursue their passions and their professional goals. In the last two years, Forbes has named UK among the best employers for diversity, and INSIGHT into Diversity recognized us as a Diversity Champion four years running. UK is ranked among the top 30 campuses in the nation for LGBTQ* inclusion and safety. UK has been judged a “Great College to Work for" three years in a row, and UK is among only 22 universities in the country on Forbes' list of "America's Best Employers."  We are ranked among the top 10 percent of public institutions for research expenditures — a tangible symbol of our breadth and depth as a university focused on discovery that changes lives and communities. And our patients know and appreciate the fact that UK HealthCare has been named the state’s top hospital for five straight years. Accolades and honors are great. But they are more important for what they represent: the idea that creating a community of belonging and commitment to excellence is how we honor our mission to be not simply the University of Kentucky, but the University for Kentucky.