Jamila Simpson Named Associate Dean for College Success and Well-Being
Jamila Simpson has been named the College of Sciences’ first associate dean for college success and well-being, effective Dec. 1. Simpson is a longtime member of the college’s administration, serving most recently as the assistant dean for inclusive excellence.
In her new role, Simpson will provide strategic leadership for initiatives that support the overall well-being of the college community, including academic support, career development, mental wellness and personal growth opportunities. She will provide that support for all members of the community — faculty, staff, postdoctoral scholars and students — in ways that align with the college’s strategic plan and culture charter.
Through Simpson’s new role, the college aims to nurture the college community in ways that boost retention and embody an inclusive culture.
“I want to emphasize the ‘well-being’ part of Jamila’s new title,” said Dean Lewis Owen. “We know that supporting well-being improves students’ and employees’ performance, social integration and satisfaction with their institution … We will all benefit from Jamila’s community-building expertise.”
Simpson joined the college administration in 2008 and through the years has led efforts to create inclusive spaces for diverse populations through initiatives like the Diversity in STEM Symposium. She is also a three-time graduate of NC State and was the first African American woman to receive a bachelor’s degree in meteorology from our university. Simpson then continued on to receive her master’s and doctorate in science education from NC State.