Nisha Botchwey, associate dean for academic programs, collaborates with faculty and the Georgia Tech community to develop world-class academic programs for Georgia Tech Professional Education. She serves as the voice for students enrolled in the division's programs and has oversight of all academic offerings including professional master’s degrees, the Georgia Tech Language Institute, and outreach and student affairs. In addition to supporting the development of new demand-driven programs, she also has curricular oversight and management of all new and existing academic programs in order to foster a learner-centric environment in service to the adult learners across GTPE programs.
Botchwey also serves as the associate professor of city and regional planning in the College of Design where she maintains her research and teaching. Additionally, she serves as an adjunct professor in Emory University’s School of Public Health.
Throughout her career, Botchwey’s research has focused on health and the built environment, with an emphasis on youth engagement, health equity, and data dashboards for evidence-based planning and practice. She has earned many distinctions, including an NSF ADVANCE Woman of Excellence Faculty Award, a Hesburgh Award Teaching Fellowship from Georgia Tech, the Georgia Power Professor of Excellence Award, a Rockefeller-Penn Fellowship from the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Nursing, and a Nominated Changemaker by the Obama White House’s Council on Women and Girls.
Botchwey holds a master’s and Ph.D. in urban planning from the University of Pennsylvania and a master’s in public health from the University of Virginia.