Congratulations to Nayla Al-Akl, Assistant Professor of Landscape Architecture at FAFS, for being appointed Dean of Student Affairs at AUB, effective September 1, 2022. Al-Akl was chosen following an international search with many highly qualified candidates and will become the first woman Dean of Student Affairs.
Throughout her time at AUB, Al-Akl has been highly active in service to her department, faculty, and university. She has been passionate about working with students as an academic advisor and mentor to over 200 undergraduate and graduate students, as well as the faculty advisor for the Landscape Architecture Student Society. She also helped design teaching and learning facilities at FAFS and AREC to improve the learning environment for students.
When she joined the Office of Student Affairs (OSA) in 2019 as Associate Dean, Al-Akl's goal was to enhance the student experience at AUB, with a particular focus on inclusion and wellbeing. Joining as she did during a time of upheaval both locally and globally, Dr. Al-Akl was at the forefront of helping students during the pandemic and strengthening the sense of community, both among students and OSA staff, as well as working with all faculties and support units to better serve the student body. During that time, Al-Akl co-chaired the Diversity and Inclusion Working Group. She also worked on creating a new identity for OSA and on increasing the visibility of student affairs.