Deborah Smith-Howell, Ph.D.
- Associate Vice Chancellor, Academic Affairs
- Dean of Graduate Studies
Deborah Smith-Howell has served as associate vice chancellor for Academic Affairs and dean for Graduate Studies since 2007. Smith-Howell joined UNO in 1989 as a faculty member in the Department of Communication, where she coordinated the university’s basic public speaking course. From 1996 to 2004, she was the departmental chair and the founding director of the UNO School of Communication.
In 2004, she joined Academic and Student Affairs as assistant vice chancellor for Academic Affairs. She is a professor of communication and specializes in communication education, presidential rhetorical, media coverage of the presidency, and civic participation.
Smith-Howell received her Bachelor of Science in speech communication from Northern Michigan University, and received her Master of Arts in speech communication from Louisiana State University. She holds a Ph.D. in communication studies from the University of Texas at Austin.
Interests & Research
She has administrative oversight of UNO’s academic learning communities, academic community engagement initiatives, curriculum and program development, review, and assessment including general education, and the Office of Graduate Studies. The Office of Graduate Studies supports all students, faculty, and staff engaged in graduate education at UNO.
Community Engagement & Service
Smith-Howell holds a position on the executive committee of the Engagement Scholarship Consortium.
Honors & Awards
UNO Chancellor’s Commission on the Status of Women Outstanding Achievement Award in 2004
UNO Chancellor’s Medal in 2009
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