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Salma Ghanem


Dr. Salma Ghanem is professor and dean of the College of Communication. Her background blends the theoretical and applied aspects of the field of communication.
Prior to joining DePaul in August 2014, 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.

Dr. Ghanem earned a Ph.D. in Journalism from the University of Texas at Austin in 1996.  She 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 is the founding editor of the Agenda Setting Journal.

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.

Why DePaul

While every university has a mission, DePaul lives and breathes its mission.  Everyone at DePaul believes in the mission which creates an amazing sense of community.  Everyone at DePaul works hard but they don’t mind because they realize that they are working for the greater good.  Being part of a university with a heart is truly rewarding.  Being a part of a university that doesn’t shun innovation, is extremely fulfilling.  It is an honor and a privilege to be part of the DePaul community.


The mission of DePaul is strong because of the many who believe in it. Learning and understanding the Vincentian Mission is important to sustain it and promote it.  The more I can be a part of the mission, the more I can help others buy into it.  That is the least I can do for DePaul.