The Gillings School of Global Public Health, a consistently top-ranked school in the nation, is facing serious funding cuts which are affecting its faculty, research grants and course offerings.
Since 2008, the school has lost more than $4.5 million in state funding, nine faculty positions, 30 administrative staff positions and 78 teaching assistantships, said Charlotte Nunez-Wolff, the school’s associate dean for business and finance.
Barbara Rimer, dean of the school, wrote in an email that fewer teaching assistant positions might mean that faculty members spend less time on research and grant applications, which generate millions in research money.
“Over time it, could result in decreased grant funding,” she said.
“So far we have seen increases in grants but there is a cumulative effect of cuts that could have a greater impact over time.”
Rimer said some of the school’s critical programs have also been affected by the cuts.
“In some cases, students will not get courses in areas in which we have been strong in the past,” she said.
Despite the deep cuts, Rimer said faculty and staff have been working harder and with fewer resources to buffer students from feeling the impact.
“I hope that few of them feel the budget cuts with anywhere near the intensity we feel them,” she said.