Professor, Department Chair, Associate Dean for Undergraduate Affairs
Office: 263 Blazer Dining
B.S., University of Mary; MBA, University of Mary; Ph.D., North Dakota State University
Specialties: Risk and crisis communication: Organizational learning in high-risk environments; community preparedness; communication strategies for crisis management
Shari R. Veil, MBA, Ph.D., is a Professor and Chair in the Department of Communication and Associate Dean for Undergraduate Affairs in the College of Communication and Information at the University of Kentucky where she oversees the recruitment, advisement, and retention of over 2000 undergraduate students in five majors, four minors, and two undergraduate certificates and teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in risk and crisis, organizational, and mass communication. Dr. Veil formerly served as the Director of the Risk Sciences Division (now the Risk and Disaster Communication Center) 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 over $1.9 million in grants and contracts and resulted in over 80 scholarly publications. Dr. Veil is research chair of the National Communication Association Public Relations Division and serves locally on the Lexington-Fayette Emergency Planning Committee and Community Emergency Response Team.