Dr. Julie Newell is the Special Assistant to the Provost and Professor of Interdisciplinary Studies at Kennesaw State University. She served as Interim Dean of the School of Arts and Sciences in 2014 and Chair of the Department of Social and International Studies from 2006 to 2014 at Southern Polytechnic State University before the consolidation of that institution with Kennesaw State University in 2015. She joined the faculty of Southern Polytechnic in 1993 as the coordinator of the Science, Technology, and Society Program.
Dr. Newell earned her Ph.D. in History of Science from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1993 and completed her M.S. in Conflict Management at Kennesaw State University in 2016. She was a participant in the University System of Georgia’s Executive Leadership Program in 2010-2011.
Dr. Newell participates in a variety of KSU bodies focused on improving the institution and the educational experience of its students. Among these are the Behavioral Response Team, the Community Emergency Response Team, the President’s Commission on Sustainability, and the President’s Commission on Gender and Work-Life Issues.
A passionate native-plant gardener, Dr. Newell is active in the Georgia Native Plant Society, has completed training as a Certified Master Naturalist, and holds a Certificate in Native Plants from the University of Georgia.