Dr. Sabina Deitrick has been named associate dean of the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public and International Affairs. Beginning her role earlier this month, she is the first woman to serve in this position.
Deitrick joined GSPIA nearly three decades ago. Teaching community development and regional planning, she is known for helping students to hone their passions into purposeful direction and action. For the past four years, she has served as the director of its Master of Public Administration program.
“I’m looking forward to serving as associate dean and following in the footsteps of Dr. Paul Nelson,” Deitrick said. “It’s a time of great opportunity for the School, and I’m ready to engage with the faculty, staff, and students of GSPIA to move its mission forward.”
Deitrick’s leadership will follow that of Nelson, who served as associate dean for four years.
She is known for her research and service nationally and locally as she served on the governing board and as an officer of the Urban Affairs Association and is currently on the UAA’s 50th anniversary committee. She is a member of the City of Pittsburgh Planning Commission and on the board of the Steel Valley Authority.
At the University of Pittsburgh, Deitrick has served as co-director of its Community Outreach Partnership Center and former director of the Urban and Regional Affairs Program at the University Center of Social and Urban Research, where she was PI or co-PI on $1.6 million in research grants in the past 10 years. She is a past recipient of the Chancellor’s Distinguished Public Service Award, which annually recognizes outstanding public service contributions by members of Pitt’s faculty.
She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in economics and Master of Arts in regional science at the University of Pennsylvania, and her PhD in city and regional planning from the University of California, Berkeley.
"GSPIA’s great strengths are in its students, faculty and alumni – all providing a wonderful environment for me to help the school continue to make important impacts in our research, teaching and service across our region and across the world," Deitrick said.