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Associate Dean Robert Hawkins to Take New Role

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Robert Hawkins, the college’s associate dean for academic and faculty affairs, is stepping down. Hawkins is taking a new position at UNC-Chapel Hill, effective July 1.  

Hawkins was named to his current role at the college in 2022 and simultaneously joined NC State as a professor in the School of Social Work. 

“Robert has supported our college’s commitment to enhancing faculty, staff, and student opportunities and fostering collaboration,” said Deanna Dannels, dean of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences. “His ability to manage complex academic systems, forge partnerships, and advocate for inclusion has led to opportunities that empower everyone in our community.” 

During his time as associate dean, Hawkins has, among other things, organized and facilitated several faculty writing retreats, and in collaboration with Dean Dannels, worked to expand the college’s academic partnerships on campus and internationally.

Before coming to NC State, Hawkins served as associate dean for academic and faculty affairs at New York University’s Silver School of Social Work, where he was also the McSilver Associate Professor in Poverty Studies, an endowed professorship. Earlier, he served as assistant dean and director of undergraduate programs.

Hawkins’ research explores complex poverty in the United States and globally, social capital use and development, race and social policy, community participatory research, and social policy analysis. He also has extensive programming, research, and teaching expertise in the psychological impact of racism and poverty, human behavior, diversity, oppression, and privilege.

A North Carolina native, Hawkins holds a Ph.D. and master’s degree in social policy from Brandeis University, a Master of Public Administration from UNC Chapel Hill, and a Bachelor of Arts in speech communications from Appalachian State University. 

Heidi Hobbs, associate professor in the School of Public and International Affairs, will serve as interim associate dean of academic and faculty affairs, beginning July 1.