Dr. Shawn Gibbs has been appointed as the executive associate dean of academic affairs for the School of Public Health–Bloomington. His appointment began July 1. He joins the school from the College of Public Health at the University of Nebraska-Medical Center in Omaha, where he recently served as the College’s associate dean for student affairs. He also serves as the activity director for the National Ebola Training and Education Center.
In his new role at Indiana University, Dr. Gibbs hopes to help the school continue to establish itself as a partner to the Indiana University system, including the Bloomington campus, the community, the state and the nation. He also hopes to continue the school’s focus on undergraduate education which uniquely sets the Indiana University School of Public Health-Bloomington apart from most other schools of public health.
“I believe that undergraduate public health education, which is a new option for the field, is going to be at the forefront of public health workforce development,” he said. “IU’s School of Public Health has been doing it very well for a number of years, and I am looking forward to helping it further develop these capabilities so that we produce a highly sought after and employable student that is capable of immediately contributing to any organization who hires them.”
While at University of Nebraska-Medical Center Dr. Gibbs’ research emphasis had been to study environmental bio-aerosols (bacterial, antibiotic resistant bacteria, fungal, viral) from both the indoor and ambient environments — including source evaluation, source tracking, and methods to reduce exposure. He has also had extensive involvements in ongoing projects in a wide range of environmental health topics from decontamination, pesticide exposure, pregnancy outcomes, and health disparities.
“As dean, one of my goals has been to recruit the best and brightest faculty and administrators to the School of Public Health-Bloomington,” said Dean Mohammad R. Torabi, Chancellor’s Professor of the IU School of Public Health-Bloomington. “With the selection of Shawn Gibbs as our executive associate dean for academic affairs, we have done just that.”