NSF Appoints Science Policy Scholar to Lead SBE Directorate

The National Science Foundation (NSF) has announced the appointment of Dr. Kaye Husbands Fealing to lead the Social, Behavioral and Economic Sciences (SBE) Directorate. Her first day will be April 22. Dr. Husbands Fealing currently serves as the Dean of Georgia Tech’s College of Liberal Arts and formerly chaired its School of Public Policy and brings expertise in science and innovation policy, the public value of research expenditures and the underrepresentation of women and minorities in STEM fields and the workforce.

Dr. Husbands Fealing has a history of engagement and leadership roles at NSF. She developed and was the inaugural program director for NSF’s Science of Science and Innovation Policy program and as chair of NSF’s Committee on Equal Opportunities in Science and Engineering is a member of NSF’s Directorate of STEM Education Advisory Committee and previously on the Social, Behavioral, and Economic Sciences Advisory Committee.

At the Office of Science and Technology Policy, she co-chaired the Social, Behavioral and Economic Sciences Subcommittee of the National Science and Technology Policy Council on the Science of Science Policy Interagency Task Group.

Dr. Husbands Fealing holds a doctorate in economics from Harvard University and a bachelor’s in mathematics and economics from the University of Pennsylvania.

FABBS looks forward to working with Dr. Husbands Fealing to best support the mission of SBE to advance basic research on human behavior and social organizations.  We would also like to take this opportunity to thank Dr. Sylvia Butterfield for her tremendous leadership of the SBE directorate, having stepped into the position following the tragic passing of Dr. Kellina Craig-Henderson.