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Message from the Dean

Kamel Haddad, Dean NHS

I am privileged to serve as Dean of Natural and Health Sciences (NHS) at UNC, where students come first. NHS boasts a vibrant student body, dedicated staff, and nationally renowned faculty. In NHS, we value personalized relationship-based education where we know our students as individuals, high-quality programs that prepare tomorrow’s workforce, and a focus on equity that transcends all areas of our work. Our college takes pride in the teacher-scholar model, where student learning takes precedence and faculty-student research collaborations are of prime importance.

In the teacher-scholar model research and teaching inform each other. Our continued academic successes reflect this symbiotic relationship. For instance, our faculty are recognized as experts in subject matter pedagogy, and along with our students, are also regularly honored as subject matter scholars in their fields. Our programs are equally nationally recognized, as epitomized by the recent #13 rank of NHS’s rehabilitation counseling graduate program by US News and World Report.

I am passionate about student success, student access to higher education, mentoring students in research, and the role of the university as a partner in its region’s cultural growth.  As dean, I will continue to support UNC’s academic mission and values, as well as our commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusive excellence. I encourage you to visit our beautiful grounds or to explore our engaging website.


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Kamel Haddad

What does a Dean do? 

As the administrative and academic leader of the college, the dean is responsible for coordinating academic programs, managing and allocating fiscal resources, and making personnel decisions within the College. The dean is the spokesperson for the students, faculty, and staff of the College; provides leadership to the College in support of undergraduate and graduate education and faculty and staff development; and is actively involved in fundraising efforts and in promoting the vitality and well-being of the college. The dean works collaboratively with the university community and external constituencies to align the college’s programs with regional needs and with the national workforce trajectory.