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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 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 »


John Blackshear

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 »


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 »


Donna Kostyu

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 »


Rachael Murphey-Brown

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 »


Karen Murphy

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 »


Minna Ng

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 »


Alyssa K. Perz

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 »


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 »


Sarah Russell

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 »


Jesse Summers

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 »


Sabrina Thomas

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 »


Gerald L. Wilson

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 »


Jenny Wood Crowley

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 »