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Every Duke student has an academic dean. Academic deans support you by providing expert advice on university policy and helping you understand the requirements that structure undergraduate education in Trinity College.

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Your Academic Dean

When you come to Duke, you are matched with an academic dean based on where you live on East Campus during your first year. This dean will be with you through your entire time at Duke. You can find your academic dean on the Student Center page of DukeHub.

Academic Deans

Milton Blackmon

Portfolio: As an academic dean, I support students who live or lived in Randolph House, and seniors in Brown. I am the administrative liaison for the following majors and certificates: African & African American Studies, Religious Studies, Women's Studies, the Markets & Management Certificate, the Innovation & Entrepreneurship Certificate, the Jewish Studies Certificate, and the ROTC programs. I am also the dean and academic advisor for visiting international students, and serve as the advisor for students interested in graduate business school. Contact me »


John Blackshear

Portfolio: As an Academic Dean, I support students who live or did live in Pegram House, first-year students in Jarvis, and seniors in Brown. I am the administrative liaison for Asian & Middle Eastern Studies, Medieval & Renaissance Studies, Music, and the Documentary Studies certificate program. I also serve as the University Student Ombudsman. Contact me »


Jeff Forbes

Portfolio: As an academic dean, I support students who live or did live in Bassett House, and first-year students in Epworth. I am the administrative liaison for computer science, mathematics, physics, statistical science, the Information Science + Information Studies certificate, and the Decision Science Certificate. I am also a member of the undergraduate Curriculum Committee. Contact me »


Paula Gilbert

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 »


Shane Goodridge

Portfolio: As an Academic Dean, I support students who live or did live in the Bell Tower House, and seniors in Brown. I am the administrative liaison for German; International Comparative Studies; Slavic & Eurasian Studies; Education; and the Health, Wellness & Physical Education program. I am a member of the College Courses Committee, and oversee Trinity's Signature Course program, the University Course, and House Courses. I am a member of the Online Assessment Committee, and I chair the Transfer Course Coding Committee. Contact me »


Donna Kostyu

Portfolio: As an academic dean, I support students who live or did live in Alspaugh House. I am the administrative liaison for Classical Studies, Earth & Ocean Sciences, Environmental Sciences & Policy certificate; the Energy & the Environment Certificate, and the Marine Science and Conservation Leadership certificate. I also oversee the entrance, advising and oversight of transfer students, and advise students interested in health careers. I am the editor of the Trinity Academic Requirements. Contact me »


Rachael Murphey-Brown

Portfolio: As an Academic Dean, I support students who live or did live in Blackwell House. I am the administrative liaison for Art, Art History & Visual Studies; English, Global Cultural Studies, theater studies, and the Arts of the Moving Image certificate program. Contact me »


Karen Murphy

Portfolio: As an Academic Dean, I support first-year students in Brown, juniors and seniors in Epworth, and sophomores and juniors in Gilbert Addoms residence halls. I serve as a pre-health advisor and am a member of the advising assessment committee in the Academic Advising Center. I also teach courses in the Department of Psychology and Neuroscience. Contact me »


Minna Ng

Portfolio: As Academic Dean, I support students who live or did live in Brown residence hall and first-year and seniors in Gilbert Addoms. I am the faculty director of the Washington Duke Scholars program, and am the adminstrative liaison for biology, linguistics, neuroscience and the Study of Ethics certificate. I also teach in Duke's Undergraduate Neuroscience program. Contact me »


Alyssa K. Perz

Portfolio: As an academic dean, I support students who live or did live in Southgate House. I am the administrative liaison for chemistry, cultural anthropology, evolutionary anthropology, Global Health, the Genome Scieinces & Policy certificate and the Latino/a Studies in the Global South certificate. I serve as an advisor to students interested in health careers, and as dean and academic advisor for women's basketball and football players. I am also the director of the Cardea Fellows Program and a lecturer in the Department of Biology. Contact me »


David Rabiner

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 »


Sabrina Thomas

Portfolio: As an academic dean, I support students who live or did live in Wilson House and sophomores, juniors and seniors in Jarvis House residence hall. I am the administrative liaison for economics, romance studies, sociology, the Human Development certificate, the Latin American Studies certificate, and the Philosophy, Politics & Economics certificate. I also direct the Office of Student Returns and Duke's domestic exchange programs with Howard University and Spelman College. I oversee the First Year Seminars program, and serve as a member on the Global Education Committee. Contact me »


Gerald L. Wilson

Portfolio: As an academic dean, I support students who live or did live in Giles House, and seniors in Brown residence hall. I am the administrative liaison for History, political science, public policy, and the Policy Journalism & Media Studies certificate. I advise students who want to pursue careers in law, and also teach two courses in history each semester. Contact me »