Academic Affairs

Undergraduate Academic Administration

1. Dean of Academic Affairs, Trinity College

The Dean of Academic Affairs, Lee D. Baker, is responsible for programmatic development, maintaining the quality of the academic programs, and fostering teaching excellence in Arts and Sciences. In conjunction with the Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences and of Trinity College, he recommends to the Provost policies and budget needs concerning the undergraduate college in its goal to provide a distinguished liberal arts college experience within the context of a nationally competitive research university. He implements the policies and acts as chief budget officer in relation to them. In executing these responsibilities he is assisted by the associate dean of curriculum and course development, the senior associate dean for administration,  and the academic deans. He also assists the Offices of Development and Alumni Affairs in their fund raising efforts for the University as a whole.

2. Senior Associate Dean for Administration

The Senior Associate Dean, Gerald L. Wilson, coordinates the work of the Trinity College staff and serves as its review officer in cases involving appeals on decisions of the academic deans of the college. He also serves on an appellate panel charged with hearing appeals of the decisions rendered by the Undergraduate Judicial Board in academic dishonesty cases.

3. Associate and Assistant Deans

The associate and assistant deans of Trinity College are often referred to as the students' "academic deans." A complete list of the academic deans and the departments and programs they work with is to be found at: http://trinity.duke.edu/directory/dean. In the college they are responsible for a wide range of activities. In general, they advise students about academic matters, careers, scholarships, pre-professional planning, Program II, foreign study, and any other issues of academic concern to students; supervise individual students' progress toward graduation and certify completion of degree requirements; administer and coordinate programs; provide information about programs, advising, policies, procedures, and regulations to faculty members requesting it; enforce academic regulations; serve on various Arts and Sciences Council, University, and College committees; act as editors of Trinity College publications such as the Bulletin of Undergraduate Instruction; and perform other duties delegated by the Dean or Senior Associate Dean.

One of the associate deans serves as Director of the Pre-Major Advising Center for freshmen and for sophomores who have not yet declared a major. Other associate deans direct the Office of Summer Session and Continuing Education, the Office of Curriculum and Course Development, the Office of Undergraduate Research, and the Office of Student Returns, respectively. Associate and assistant deans also serve as divisional and departmental advisers—in the humanities, the natural sciences and mathematics, and the social sciences divisions and their respective departments.  The relationship between these academic deans and the faculty advisers is a complementary one. Faculty advisers have primary responsibility for advising about major courses and requirements. The academic deans monitor graduation requirements, handle requests for exceptions, and deal with unusual academic problems and any change of status questions.