Hilary Godwin is dean of the UW School of Public Health and professor in the Department of Environmental & Occupational Health Sciences. She has 15 years of experience as an academic leader with expertise in interdisciplinary collaborative research on nanotoxicology and the chemistry of lead poisoning and its impact on public health. She is trained in chemistry and biophysics, and has supervised research programs in mechanistic toxicology and environmental health for more than 20 years. Dean Godwin previously served as associate dean for academic programs as well as chair of environmental health sciences for the Fielding School of Public Health at the University of California, Los Angeles. She also served as chair of the chemistry department at Northwestern University, where she was the first woman hired into a tenure-track position.
Dean Godwin has received numerous awards, including the Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar award, the Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellowship, the National Science Foundation CAREER award, the Burroughs Wellcome Fund Toxicology New Investigator award and the Camille and Henry Dreyfus New Faculty award. She also received a $1 million award from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute Professors Program to develop a program to help students interested in the sciences, particularly those at risk, to transition from high school to college.