Acting Provost, Dean
PhD (University of Texas at Austin)
Office of the Dean
14 E. Jackson Blvd., Room 1804
Salma Ghanem is professor and dean of the College of Communication. She is currently acting provost of the university. Her background blends the theoretical and applied aspects of the field of communication.
Prior to joining DePaul, she served as dean of the College of Communication and Fine Arts at Central Michigan University for five years. She also held the position of chair of the Department of Communication at the University of Texas Pan American for eight years.
In addition to her academic background, she served as a press and information officer for the Press Office of the Egyptian Mission to the United Nations in New York and as a communication specialist with Scott and White Memorial Hospital in Texas.
Ghanem embraces diversity both personally and professionally. Her intercultural experiences have helped her transcend cultural and racial boundaries. Born and raised in Egypt, she attended the Sacré Coeur Catholic School in Cairo. She is fluent in Arabic and French and has considerable skill in Spanish. Her passion for cultural awareness and interdisciplinary research stems from the fact she herself is an immigrant and was raised by parents who are Egyptian and Dutch. She taught for 15 years at the University of Texas-Pan American, a Hispanic Serving Institution. She also taught in several study-abroad programs in Spain, Egypt, Turkey, Austria, and Germany.
Ghanem received multiple awards for research and teaching and has published and presented nationally and internationally. Her publication record includes political communication with particular emphasis on the first and second level of agenda setting and framing. She also published and presented research on international media coverage, intercultural communication and advertising in the Middle East.
She earned a PhD in Journalism from the University of Texas at Austin in 1996.