Shari Veil has served as dean of the College of Journalism and Mass Communications with a faculty appointment in the college as a tenured full professor since July 1, 2020.
Veil previously served the University of Kentucky as associate dean for undergraduate affairs in the College of Communication and Information and chair and professor in the Department of Communication. Veil oversaw the recruitment, advisement and retention of more than 1,900 undergraduate students in five majors, four minors and two undergraduate certificates, and taught undergraduate and graduate courses in risk and crisis communication, organizational communication and mass communication.
Prior to Kentucky, she taught strategic communication and served as the director of the Center for Risk and Crisis Management at the University of Oklahoma, coordinating research, funding, graduate education and training programs specific to risk and crisis communication. Her academic program development and research on organizational learning in high-risk environments, community preparedness and communication strategies for crisis management has been supported by more than $1.9 million in grants and contracts and resulted in more than 80 scholarly publications.
Before entering academia, Veil spent eight years in the profession. She earned a Bachelor of Science in communication, with a concentration in public relations and a minor in business administration, and a Master of Business Administration, with an emphasis in marketing, from the University of Mary in North Dakota. Her doctorate in communication, with a research focus on risk and crisis communication, is from North Dakota State University.