Academic Deans

Every student has an assigned academic dean. Your dean will work with you throughout your four years at Duke providing support and advice about university policy and requirements, and helping with other issues such as academic planning, course withdrawals, and leaves of absence as needed. If you are experiencing academic difficulties you should see your academic dean as soon as possible.

Major Deans

Milton Blackmon, Ed.D.

Milton Blackmon, Ed.D.

Academic dean for visiting international students. Graduate business school advisor and Graduate and Professional School Day Fair coordinator. Member of the ROTC Officer Education Committee and of the Global Education Committee. Schedule an Appointment Contact me »


Paula E. Gilbert, Ph.D.

Paula E. Gilbert, Ph.D.

Director of the Duke Office of Continuing Studies and Summer Session. Academic dean for non-degree students (also known as Continuing Studies students) and all summer visiting students. Contact me »


Nahal Kaivan, Ph.D.

Nahal Kaivan, Ph.D.

Academic dean for the Wellness Initiative. Schedule an Appointment Contact me »


Rachael Murphey-Brown, Ph.D.

Rachael Murphey-Brown, Ph.D.

Director of Program II, co-director of the Peer Advising Program, coordinator of the Graduation with Distinction Program, and dean for Trinity Transfer Students. Liaison for the social sciences to the DUS board.   Schedule an Appointment Contact me »


Karen Murphy

Karen Murphy

Primary academic dean for student-athletes, first-generation students, and students from marginalized populations. Liaison for the natural and quantitative sciences to the DUS board and SPIRE fellows mentor. Lecturer in Psychology and Neuroscience. Schedule an Appointment Contact me »


Minna Ng

Minna Ng

Faculty director for the David M. Rubenstein Scholars Program. Assistant Professor of the Practice in Psychology and Neuroscience. Schedule an Appointment Contact me »


Alyssa Perz

Alyssa Perz

Director of the Cardea Fellows Program, prehealth advisor, and dean and academic advisor for the women’s basketball team and football players. Lecturer in Biology. Schedule an appointment Contact me »


David Rabiner

David Rabiner

Director of the Academic Advising Center (advising.duke.edu). Senior Lecturing Fellow in the Program in Education. Schedule an Appointment Contact me »


Christopher P. Roy

Christopher P. Roy

Academic Dean for Trinity Requirements (TReqs) and the University Bulletin. Associate Professor of the Practice in Chemistry. Schedule an Appointment Contact me »


Sarah Russell, Ph.D.

Sarah Russell, Ph.D.

Director of the Undergraduate Research Support office. Adjunct instructor in the International Comparative Studies program. Schedule an Appointment Contact me »


Jesse S Summers

Jesse S Summers

Director of Courses and Curriculum committees, including House courses, academic liaison for Robertson Scholars, for Duke Student Government, and for the Humanities to the DUS Board, and support strategic planning within the Office of Academic Affairs. Adjunct Assistant Professor of Philosophy.... Contact me »


Sabrina L Thomas

Sabrina L Thomas

Risk Management Officer. Schedule an Appointment Contact me »


Gerald Wilson, Ph.D.

Gerald Wilson, Ph.D.

Appeals Officer in the College and pre-law advisor. Adjunct Professor of History. Schedule an Appointment Contact me »


Jenny Wood Crowley, Ph.D.

Jenny Wood Crowley, Ph.D.

Director of the SPIRE fellows program and faculty director of the Baldwin Scholars. Schedule an Appointment Contact me »


Liguo Zhang

Liguo Zhang

Academic dean for DKU students at Duke in Durham. Schedule an Appointment Contact me »