Entwisle, a social demographer who studies population, health and environment, joined Carolina’s Department of Sociology in 1985. She directed the Carolina Population Center from 2002 to 2010, and within the last decade has assumed additional faculty appointments in the Department of Geography, Curriculum for the Environment and Ecology, Curriculum in International and Area Studies, and Department of Asian Studies.
She is a past president (2007) of the Population Association of America (PAA), a former (1999-2001) editor of Demography (the PAA’s flagship journal) and a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). In 2003, she received UNC’s Distinguished Teaching Award for Post-Baccalaureate Instruction. Entwisle’s research is currently funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the National Science Foundation (NSF). She has served on numerous advisory and review groups for the National Academy of Sciences, NIH, NSF, Environmental Protection Agency and NASA.
“With her experience leading such multidisciplinary efforts, Barbara is in a strong position to help guide the continued growth of the University’s research enterprise, which topped $800 million during the last fiscal year,” Chancellor Holden Thorp said in announcing Entwisle’s appointment as interim vice chancellor in August.