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Ed Kelley, Dean

(405) 325-4094

Ed Kelley was named dean of the Gaylord College of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Oklahoma in March 2016 after serving nearly eight months as interim dean. He is a veteran news executive, coming to OU from Salt Lake City, where he was senior contributing editor at the Deseret News. He also has served as editor of The Washington Times, in Washington, D.C., and The Oklahoman, in Oklahoma City. He has held a variety of other news positions in his career, including that of Washington bureau chief, managing editor and editorial page editor. He was named Editor of the Year in 1996 by the Washington-based National Press Foundation for overseeing The Oklahoman's coverage of the Oklahoma City bombing. He served as a juror to the Pulitzer Prizes in 1998 and was named to the Oklahoma Journalism Hall of Fame in 2003.

Kelley has served on the board of directors of the National Press Club Journalism Institute, is a member of the board of directors of Oklahoma Watch and is a consultant to the Ethics and Excellence in Journalism Foundation. Until his appointment as interim dean he was a member of the Board of Visitors of the Gaylord College. He holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from OU, where he graduated Phi Beta Kappa. He was a recipient of OU’s Regents Alumni Award in 2011 and the journalism program’s Distinguished Alumni Award in 1994. He was presented an honorary doctorate in humane letters in 2013 from Oklahoma City University, where he served as commencement speaker. He has traveled twice to Bangladesh as part of a State Department program through the Gaylord College, as well as to Myanmar where he represented a media working group at American University, in Washington. He is a member of the National Press Club and the American Society of News Editors.

Dr. David Craig, Associate Dean of Academic Affairs

(405) 325-5440

David A. Craig is associate dean for academic affairs and a professor of journalism. The primary focus of his teaching and research is media ethics. He is the author of Excellence in Online Journalism: Exploring Current Practices in an Evolving Environment (Sage, 2011) and The Ethics of the Story: Using Narrative Techniques Responsibly in Journalism (Rowman & Littlefield, 2006). He is also co-editor with Lawrie Zion of Ethics for Digital Journalists: Emerging Best Practices (Routledge, 2015), which includes contributors from seven countries. Craig is a call-taker for the Chicago-based Ethics AdviceLine for Journalists and writes for the advice line's blog, He also contributed to the Online News Association's Build Your Own Ethics Code project. He tweets about ethics and journalism practice issues at @dcraigok. Craig is a member of the editorial board of the Journal of Media Ethics.

Craig worked for nine years as a news copy editor at the Lexington (Ky.) Herald-Leader. He earned a B.S. in journalism from Northwestern University, an M.A. in communication from Wheaton College and a Ph.D. in journalism from the University of Missouri-Columbia. He taught editing courses at Northwestern and Missouri during his years of graduate study. Craig has been on the faculty at Oklahoma since 1996 and has taught editing and graduate qualitative research methods courses in addition to ethics. In 2010 the university awarded him a President's Associates Presidential Professorship in recognition of his teaching and scholarship.

Craig’s administrative responsibilities as associate dean include curriculum, promotion and tenure and other faculty matters, strategic planning and cross-campus partnerships. He has also served as director of graduate studies, overseeing creation of a Ph.D. program and a master's degree in professional writing.

Yvette Walker, Assistant Dean of Student Affairs

(405) 325-5684

Yvette Walker is Assistant Dean for Student Affairs and Administration at Gaylord College at the University of Oklahoma. She joined the university in December 2015. Walker supervises the Student Services office, which houses three Academic Advisers and the Community Inclusion Officer, as well as several student workers. She oversees Gaylord Hall’s technology and works closely with the IT specialists at the College, the Director of Communication and the Director of Development. She teaches the Introduction to Mass Communication class at Gaylord College and is a member of the Diversity Council at OU.

Previously, she was the Night News Director at The Oklahoman, and was the Edith Kinney Gaylord Media Ethics Chair at the University of Central Oklahoma. As chair, she planned a major conference that was held in the fall. At UCO, she won the Vanderford Initiative Award, given by the President for Exceptional Initiative in Support of Character, Civility, Community and Leadership.

She has managed online content and presentation for web sites. Walker has a Master’s degree in media management from the University of Missouri and a Bachelor of Science from Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism. She is a native of Chicago and has also lived in Austin, Dallas, Detroit, Gary, Ind., Kansas City and Oklahoma City.