Michael Deibel, interim dean of the faculty and associate vice president of academic affairs, is pictured advising students prior to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Michael Deibel begins term as president of the National Association of Advisors for the Health Profession
August 18, 2020
Michael Deibel, Earlham College’s interim dean of the faculty and associate vice president of academic affairs, has begun his two-year term as president of the National Association of Advisors for the Health Profession, Inc.
A 10-year member of the NAAHP’s board of directors, Deibel has previously served as the organization’s treasurer and president-elect. Following his two-year term as president, he also will serve as past-president from 2023-24.
“I’m honored to continue my service on the NAAHP’s board of directors,” Deibel said. “Working closely in this capacity with the NAAHP’s extensive network of advisers ensures that I can support Earlham students, and recent graduates, with the knowledge and expertise they need to get the most out of what Earlham has to offer while preparing to be future health professionals.”
Deibel, a professor of chemistry, also serves as the College’s senior adviser for students who are planning to attend medical school and other health sciences graduate programs. Deibel’s leadership contributes to Earlham’s reputation as a national leader for the percentage of students earning advanced degrees, including the Ph.D., according to a recent report from the Higher Education Data Sharing consortium.
Prior to becoming interim dean of the faculty, he often collaborated with students on research projects and led off-campus programs in France, New Zealand and at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee. He also led field research experiences in China and Chile.
In 2017, Deibel became the College’s inaugural co-director of Earlham’s Center for Global Health. In that role, he successfully co-authored a $100,000 national grant proposal to help develop the College’s new Medical Humanities Integrated Pathway. Through a major initiative called the Earlham Advantage, this Center fully funds internships, research experiences and international health service-learning experiences for all interested students. The Center also has a robust externship and shadowing program with dozens of community partners such as Reid Health, the Wayne County Department of Health, and the Richmond State Hospital.
Deibel earned his doctorate from the University of Kentucky and his bachelor’s degree from Capital University. His research interests span the environmental and archaeological areas, including lead contamination in the environment and the use of hand-held instrumentation for on-site analysis of artifacts such as pottery and ancient Egyptian pigments.
The NAAHP is an organization of more than 1,850 health professions advisers at colleges and universities throughout the United States, and abroad. The organization was established in 1974 to coordinate the activities and efforts of independent regional associations so that health professions advisers across the nation could function together and speak with one voice.
Brian Zimmerman, director of media relations