Gail F. Baker, the dean of CCFAM, began her leadership of the college in July. Dean Baker is an award-winning teacher and scholar.
"Dr. Baker brings a unique combination of administrative and academic accomplishments to the position," said UNO Chancellor Nancy Belck. "She has the skills and experience to develop this exciting new college."
"Dr. Baker is a dynamic leader with extensive mass media experience," said UNO School of Communication Director Jeremy Lipschultz. "She truly understands the vision of the new college."
The UNO College of Communication, Fine Arts and Media (CCFAM) was formed July 1, 2005. CCFAM consists of the UNO School of Communication; four academic departments: art and art history, music, theatre and Writer's Workshop; KVNO Classical 90.7 FM; and UNO Television.
Dr. Baker received her Ph.D. in journalism from the University of Missouri-Columbia in 1991, her M.S. in marketing communications from Roosevelt University in 1980 and her BSJ in journalism from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University in 1976. She joins UNO from the University of Florida where she has held numerous positions since 1995. Prior to her arrival, she held academic and administrative positions at the University of Missouri-Columbia.
Dr. Baker is accredited in the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) where she is also a member of the College of Fellows. She has published on cross-cultural communications, ethnic public relations, reputation management, and advertising and marketing. Dr. Baker has also won awards for excellence in teaching and scholarship.
"I am extremely excited and honored to be joining UNO and the Omaha community. This college is uniquely positioned to advance the university's metropolitan mission. I look forward to working with the outstanding individuals who comprise and support CCFAM," Dr. Baker said.