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Debra Hale

Associate Director of Digital Communications

Public Affairs

Pronouns: She/Her


Building & Room:

1313 UH


601 S. Morgan St., Chicago IL 60607

Office Phone:

(312) 413-3648



My position is primarily responsible for digital communications strategies and support for the Offices of the Provost and Vice Provosts and reporting units. Prior to joining Strategic Marketing and Communications, I was coordinator for web communications in several areas of the Office of the Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, including the Academic Computing and Communications Center and the Vice Provost for Academic and Enrollment Services.

Before coming to UIC, I was senior communications officer at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, public and media relations manager at the Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce, and account supervisor at a small Chicago advertising agency.

I have a master's degree in English from Southern Illinois University, and a second M.A. in Arts, Entertainment and Media Management from Columbia College Chicago, where as an adjunct professor I have taught a variety of courses in marketing, management, and writing.