Dean's Welcome

Welcome and thank you for your interest in the College of Communication and Information. It is an exciting time to be a part of the College as we continue to build on our tradition of excellence while preparing our students for the information age.

The College has a mission of improving people's lives through excellence in research, service, and education and training. Our faculty members are distinguished along several dimensions, including international recognition for their research and expertise, service as editors of our discipline’s journals, and leadership as office holders in our national and regional organizations. Many faculty have received University Great Teaching Awards, the Provost Distinguished Professor Award as well as Excellence in Research, Community Service and Teaching awards from the College.

Our undergraduate student body has nearly doubled in the past decade. Our students are recognized for their leadership roles on campus, in the classroom, their research achievements and their creative pursuits. Journalism students continue to attain top national rankings from the William Randolph Hearst Journalism Awards Program. Integrated Strategic Communication students have won numerous state and regional American Advertising Federation National Student Advertising competitions. Communication students continue their record of achievement through undergraduate research.

A recent National Communication Association survey revealed that our Department of Communication is the most highly funded Communication program in the nation. New figures reveal they have secured more than $35 million in extramural funding over the past 15 years. Almost all of this research is focused in the health communication area and investigates ways to increase the effectiveness of media or classroom-based prevention programming. Within the College’s six teaching and research centers, additional funded projects focus on the development and evaluation of theory-based interventions aimed at preventing the onset or reducing the frequency of risk-related behavior, community-based participatory research, risk and crisis communication research, and include partnerships with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the Department of Homeland Security-sponsored National Center for Food Protection and Defense.

The College's School of Information Science was ranked one of "America's Best Graduate Schools" in the 2009 U.S. News & World Report and offers the only accredited program in library and information science in Kentucky. Graduates of the program comprise more than 80 percent of all masters’ level librarians in the state.

I encourage you to continue exploring all the College of Communication and Information has to offer.

Sincerely,
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H. Dan O'Hair, Ph.D.
Dean, College of Communication and Information
University of Kentucky