Jennifer Greer joined the College of Communication and Information as dean in August 2019. Prior to coming to UK, Greer served as associate provost, interim dean and department chair at the University of Alabama, and acting dean, graduate director and academic chair at the University of Nevada.
Greer has been a tenured faculty member at all three institutions and started her career as a faculty member and advisor, winning college-wide teaching awards at Nevada and Alabama and a university-wide advising award at Alabama. She serves on two national editorial boards, has co-edited a book and has published peer-reviewed articles related to political communication, media effects and sport communication.
Greer served as president of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication in 2017-2018. She is a member of the Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communication and has played leading roles in associations and boards related to journalism, mass communication and higher education.
Greer earned a Ph.D. in mass communication from the University of Florida. She also holds a master's degree in political science from the University of Kansas and two bachelor's degrees (BJ in News-Editorial and BA in political science) from the University of Missouri.
In her professional career, Greer worked as a reporter for The Kansas City Star and an editor for the Gainesville Sun. She worked in the university relations offices at the University of Kansas and the University of Florida and was a contributing writer for the Reno Gazette-Journal.
In her time at UK, Greer has launched a strategic plan that centers on shaping passions into professions and launching critical and innovative thinkers, creators and doers. She’s currently overseeing two major capital projects that will transform the physical space of CI by summer 2025.