Academic Affairs

Academic Deans

As academic officers of Trinity College of Arts and Sciences, the academic deans report to the Dean of Academic Affairs and serve under the leadership of the Senior Associate Dean of Trinity College. They oversee and ensure the progress of undergraduate students toward graduation, provide counsel and advice to students regarding their academic plans, both present and future, and are responsible for ensuring that policies are applied conscientiously and equitably and exceptions are granted in consistent ways. The academic deans contribute to the development and promulgation of academic policies and programs, and publish, administer, and interpret them for undergraduate students, faculty, and parents.

Collectively, the academic deans have the authority and responsibility to modify, interpret, adapt, and change academic policies, and they decide when a policy change needs to be brought to the Arts and Science Council for approval or ratifications. Each Trinity dean also serves as the administrative liaison for one or more undergraduate majors, certificates or programs, and assists with decisions about policy and requirements, course registration and senior graduation, among other activities. In additional, several deans direct programs such as the Undergraduate Research Support Office or the Prehealth Advising Office. 

Overview of a Four-Year Dean Model

Beginning in fall 2015, Trinity College instituted a four-year dean model for undergraduates, in which each student is assigned to one academic dean, and this dean will remain theirs for all four years. This is to ensure that each student has one consistent academic contact over the course of their time at Duke, as well as to provide for holistic support and long-term mentoring relationships that provide continuity over time.

First-year students are assigned to a dean in late July or early August, based on their first year residence hall assignment. One academic dean is assigned to each first-year residence hall, joining the faculty-in-residence, residential coordinator, the Focus faculty, and residential assistants in order to establish an intellectual community that supports a student's successful transition to Duke in their first year.

Trinity Deans

Portfolio: As an academic dean, I support students who live or lived in Epworth and Randolph Houses. I am the graduate business school advisor.  I am the academic dean and college advisor for visiting international students. I co-coordinate the Scholarship Pipeline Initiative. I assist in developing ways to improve Duke’s national ranking. I oversee the biennial Graduate and Professional School Day Fair. I am a member of the ROTC Officer Education Committee; a member of the Student Veteran Networking Program; and a member of the Religious Life Committee serving as the faculty advisor to the Adventist Christian Fellowship student group. Contact me »


Portfolio: As an Academic Dean I provide support for first-year students residing in the Jarvis and Bell Tower dorms. In addition, I am the Diversity and STEM Pathways Officer for Trinity College of Arts and Sciences as well as the Director of the Duke STEM Pathways for Inclusion, Research and Excellence Fellows Program. I serve as the Faculty-in-Residence for Giles dorm and I am instructor in the Department of Psychology and Neuroscience. I also serve on the Trinity Diversity Advisory Committee. Contact me »


Portfolio: I serve as the academic dean for non-degree students (also known as Continuing Studies students) and all summer visiting students. Administratively, I am the director/dean of the Duke Office of Continuing Studies and Summer Session and a volunteer advisor for the Academic Advising Center. Contact me »


Portfolio: As an academic dean, I support students who live or did live in Alspaugh House. I am also the Director of the Health Professions Advising Office, where we work with freshmen, sophomores, juniors, seniors and alumni who are applying to medical, dental, veterinary and other health professions schools. Contact me »


Portfolio: As Academic Dean, I support students who live or did live in Blackwell House and am the administrative liaison for academic departments in the social sciences. Additionally, I direct Program II, co-direct the Peer Advising Program, coordinate the Graduation with Distinction Program and serve as the Director for Trinity Transfer Students. Contact me »


Portfolio: As an Academic Dean, I support first year students in Gilbert-Addoms and Blackwell, sophomores who lived in Brown their first year, and juniors and seniors who lived in Gilbert-Addoms and Epworth their first year. I am the curriculum dean for Trinity College and the liaison for natural and quantitative sciences majors. I also teach courses and advise students in Psychology and Neuroscience and will serve as a mentor for SPIRE fellows. Contact me »


Portfolio: As Academic Dean, I support students who live or did live in Gilbert-Addoms and Blackwell residence hall. I am the faculty director for the David M. Rubenstein Scholars Program, and teach in the Undergraduate Neuroscience Program. Contact me at 919.684.2310. Contact me »


Portfolio: As an academic dean, I support students who live or did live in Southgate House. I serve as a prehealth advisor, and as dean and academic advisor for the women’s basketball team and football players. I am also the director of the Cardea Fellows Program and a lecturer in the Department of Biology. Contact me »


Portfolio: As an Academic Dean, I support students who live in the East House and seniors in Brown residence hall. I serve as the director of the Academic Advising Center (advising.duke.edu). The AAC is a student's primary academic home in Trinity College until they declare a major and join a department. I am the academic liaison for dance, psychology, philosophy, the Child Policy Research certificate, and the Marxism and Society certificate. I am also a Senior Lecturing Fellow in the Program in Education here at Duke. My other main responsibilities include serving as a clinical supervisor for graduate students in the PhD program in clinical psychology. Contact me »


Portfolio: As an Academic Dean, I support students who live in Brown and Pegram residence halls.  I also serve as Director of the Undergraduate Research Support office, and I am an adjunct instructor in the International Comparative Studies major. Contact me »


Portfolio: As an Academic Dean, I support students who live or lived in Pegram or Randolph. I serve on the Courses committee, oversee House courses, and am the academic liaison for Robertson Scholars, for Duke Student Government, and for the Humanities to the DUS Program. Contact me »


Portfolio: As an academic dean, I support students who live or did live in Wilson House, current juniors and seniors who lived in Jarvis House residence halls and students attending Duke as participants on the domestic exchange program with Howard University and Spelman College. I also serve as director of the Office of Student Returns. Contact me »


Portfolio: As an academic dean I support first-year students who live in Basset House and some designated upperclassmen. I am the Appeals Officer in the College and I advise students in the University who are considering careers in law. I teach one lecture course each semester, “American Dreams/ American Realities” and one Capstone seminar, “Leadership in American History.” My office is 04 Allen Building. Contact me »


Portfolio: As an Academic Dean, I support students who live or did live in Giles House and Randolf House. I direct the SPIRE fellows program and co-coordinate the Pipeline Initiative. I also teach in Duke’s History Department and the FOCUS program. Contact me »