August 29, 2022
Jane Monaco, DrPH, associate professor of biostatistics at UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, has accepted the position of assistant dean of undergraduate programs effective September 1. In this administrative role, she will provide important leadership for school-wide undergraduate programs while maintaining her teaching, service, and research responsibilities as a faculty member and director of studies at undergraduate in the Department of Biostatistics.
She succeeds Melanie Studer, PhD, of the Department of Health Policy and Management, who served as the first associate dean of undergraduate programs.
Monaco received its Bachelor of Science in Mathematics from NC State University (summa cum laude) and two Master of Science degrees (mathematics and biostatistics) from UNC-Chapel Hill. She joined the UNC-Chapel Hill faculty shortly after earning her doctorate in public health in biostatistics (2003) from the Gillings School, where her doctoral dissertation involved the analysis of correlated survival data. She previously worked in epidemiological research at the American Cancer Society and Bowman Gray Medical School.
At Gillings, Monaco is a longtime member of the Academic Program Committee and has been a key contributor to the integrated Master of Public Health (MPH) planning, implementation and instructor teams across the country. school. As Program Director in Biostatistics for the Bachelor of Science in Public Health (BSPH) program since 2006, she has mentored over 300 graduates, including three finalists for the Rhodes Scholarship. Under his leadership, the number of graduates more than quadrupled while attracting some of the University’s most talented students.
With over two decades of teaching experience, she has been recognized for teaching excellence with the 2013 Edward G. McGavran Award for Excellence in Teaching (which is given to a Gillings faculty member for professional contributions to teaching) and two teaching innovation awards in 2015 and 2017. Monaco was also nominated by the Gillings School for the Undergraduate Public Health Education Award from the Association of Schools and Programs of public health (ASPPH).
She has taught a wide range of audiences, including honors undergraduates, biostatistics majors, and non-major adult graduate students. She often mentors new professors and teaching assistants in the biostatistics department regarding their teaching responsibilities. Monaco’s teaching reviews are exemplary, with one recent student noting that “her positive attitude, genuine interest in her students and enthusiasm for teaching is what makes this class so great”.
“Here at the Gillings School of Global Public Health, I have had the chance to meet some of the most incredible public health students in the world. Being selected for this position is an opportunity to continue to ensure that our BSPH programs remain exceptional,” Monaco said. “I plan to bring the experience, energy, excellence and commitment to lead these already strong programs.”
“Dr. Monaco has had a long and incredible career as an excellent teacher, mentor, and advocate for undergraduate students here at Gillings, UNC, and more broadly,” said Laura Linnan, ScD, Senior Associate Dean for academic and student affairs.” Her enthusiasm for working with undergraduate students is unparalleled. When combined with her knowledge of important academic policies and practices, she is the perfect choice to fill the position of Assistant Dean of Programs.” at Gillings. We are delighted that she has agreed to play this vital role at a time when the growth of undergraduate public health education is at its peak.”
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