Kevin M. Guskiewicz
Kevin M. Guskiewicz

Kevin M. Guskiewicz has served as dean of the College of Arts & Sciences since January 2016, overseeing the largest academic institution at UNC-Chapel Hill. The College has more than 16,000 undergraduate students and 2,500 graduate students and encompasses more than 70 academic departments, curricula, programs, centers and institutes.

Guskiewicz has made interdisciplinary teaching and research a cornerstone of his tenure, promoting the development of courses that span disciplines across the arts and sciences. He has championed the use of high-structure active learning techniques, and the university has become a national leader in implementing these evidence-based, highly effective strategies. He has increased experiential learning opportunities for Carolina students, whether in the form of study abroad, academic internships, hands-on research or service learning experiences. In May 2017, he secured the largest gift in the College’s history, which doubled the size of UNC’s entrepreneurship program housed in the College.

Under his leadership, the College played a major role in developing and implementing the University’s five-year Quality Enhancement Plan, “Learning by Connecting, Doing and Making.” This initiative connects the arts and humanities with science courses to provide critical thinking skills and deepen students’ understanding of how science and culture are intertwined. It also increases collaborative research opportunities and broadens the university’s thriving “maker” movement. Under his leadership, the College launched the BeAM (“Be A Maker”) makerspace network, the hallmark of which is a state-of-the-art facility in Murray Hall.

The dean is also overseeing a major revamping of UNC’s General Education curriculum — the required coursework that every Tar Heel is required to take regardless of major. It is the first significant overhaul of the curriculum in 12 years.

Guskiewicz is a neuroscientist and nationally recognized expert on sport-related concussions. He maintains an active research portfolio and is P.I. or co-P.I. on three active research grants totaling over $6 million.

His groundbreaking work has garnered numerous awards, including fellowships in the American College of Sports Medicine, the National Academy of Kinesiology and the National Athletic Trainers’ Association. His research has also influenced concussion guidelines and recommendations made by these organizations as well as the NCAA and the NFL.

In 2011, Guskiewicz was awarded a prestigious MacArthur Fellowship (often called a “genius grant”) for his innovative work on the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of sport-related concussions. In 2013, Time magazine named him a Game Changer, one of 18 “innovators and problem-solvers that are inspiring change in America.”

A member of Carolina’s faculty since 1995, Guskiewicz is the Kenan Distinguished Professor of Exercise and Sport Science and co-director of the Matthew Gfeller Sport-Related Traumatic Brain Injury Research Center and director of the Center for the Study of Retired Athletes. He holds appointments in the department of orthopaedics, department of physical medicine and rehabilitation, the UNC Injury Prevention Research Center and doctoral program in human movement science.

Guskiewicz earned a B.S. in athletic training from West Chester University, M.S. in exercise physiology/athletic training from the University of Pittsburgh and Ph.D. in sports medicine from the University of Virginia.

Before becoming dean, Guskiewicz was senior associate dean for the natural sciences and chair of the Department of Exercise and Sport Science in the College.