Kevin M. Guskiewicz has served as dean of the College of Arts & Sciences at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill since January 2016, overseeing the largest academic institution. The College has more than 16,000 undergraduate students and 2,500 graduate students.
Guskiewicz has made interdisciplinary teaching and research a cornerstone of his tenure. He has championed the use of high-structure active learning techniques, and the university has become a national leader in implementing these highly effective strategies. He has significantly increased study abroad, academic internships and other experiential learning opportunities for Carolina students.
In May 2017, Guskiewicz secured the largest gift in the College’s history, which doubled the size of UNC’s highly innovative undergraduate entrepreneurship program. He is also overseeing a major revamping of UNC’s General Education curriculum.
Guskiewicz is a neuroscientist and nationally recognized expert on sports-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 and has influenced concussion guidelines in 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.”
He has been a member of Carolina’s faculty since 1995. He is co-director of the Matthew Gfeller Sport-Related Traumatic Brain Injury Research Center and a Kenan Distinguished Professor of Exercise and Sport 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.