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

Patrice Barley, J.D.

Patrice Barley, J.D.

Pre-law advisor. Co-Coordinator of Graduate and Professional School Day Fair. Schedule an Appointment Contact me »


Milton Blackmon, Ed.D.

Milton Blackmon, Ed.D.

Lead Academic Dean and Senior Associate Dean. Academic Dean for the Office of Continuing Studies. Graduate and Professional School Day Fair coordinator. Member of the Registrar Around Table, Trinity Policy Review, and the Tutoring & Academic Support for Student Athletes  Committees. Schedule an... Contact me »


Dean Bruno, Ph.D.

Dean Bruno, Ph.D.

Graduate Business School Advisor.  Academic Dean for Robertson Scholars. Member of the ROTC Officer Education Committee, Trinity Policy Review Committee, and Student Conduct Hearing Panel. Contact me »


Mark Dalhouse, Ph.D.

Mark Dalhouse, Ph.D.

Pre-health advisor and Youth Program Reviewer for the Minors in Duke University Programs Policy. Contact me »


Andrea Marritt-Pabalate, Ph.D.

Andrea Marritt-Pabalate, Ph.D.

Director of the Cardea Fellows Program and pre-health advisor. Academic Dean for Trinity transfer students. Schedule an Appointment Contact me »


Rachael Murphey, Ph.D.

Rachael Murphey, Ph.D.

Director of Program II. Manages the Trinity A&S Graduation with Distinction Program, and Dean for Trinity Transfer Students. Liaison for the social sciences to the DUS board.   Schedule an Appointment Contact me »


Alyssa Perz

Alyssa Perz

Director of the Health Professions Advising Office. Member of the Committee on Undergraduate Teaching, Academic Standards, and Honors (CUT). Member of the Behavior Assessment Team (BAT) and the Appellate Board. Lecturer in Biology. Schedule an appointment Contact me »


Virginia Ramirez-Deltoro, Ph.D.

Virginia Ramirez-Deltoro, Ph.D.

Academic Dean for Tier 1 Athletes. Member of the Tutoring & Academic Support for Student Athletes Committee and the Bascom Headen Palmer Literary Prize Committee. Schedule an Appointment Contact me »


Sarah Russell, Ph.D.

Sarah Russell, Ph.D.

Director of the Undergraduate Research Support office. Member of the Trinity Languages Council, Global Education Committee and Student Conduct Hearing Panel.  Schedule an Appointment Contact me »


Heather Settle

Heather Settle

Academic Dean for Courses and Curriculum.  Primary dean for first-generation and low-income (FGLI) students.  Responsible for coordination of the annual Undergraduate Bulletin. Schedule an Appointment Contact me »


Claire Siburt, Ph.D.

Claire Siburt, Ph.D.

Pre-health advisor and pre-graduate school advisor.  Academic Dean for Trinity transfer students. Liaison to the Cooperative College (3-2) program for the Nicholas School of the Environment.  Schedule an Appointment Contact me »


Amanda Curtin Soydan, Ph.D.

Amanda Curtin Soydan, Ph.D.

Director of the SPIRE Fellow Program. Academic Dean for Trinity transfer students. Editor for Trinity Requirements & Academic Deans Website.   Schedule an Appointment Contact me »


Sabrina Thomas, Ph.D.

Sabrina Thomas, Ph.D.

Ex-Officio member of the Undergraduate Teaching, Academic Standards and Honors (CUT) committee of the Arts & Sciences Council. Title IX liaison to the Office of Academic Affairs and member of the Sexual Assault Task Force. University liaison for Davis Projects for Peace. Adjunct Associate... Contact me »


Liguo Zhang

Liguo Zhang

Academic Dean for Duke Kunshan University (DKU) Undergraduate Students at Duke, visiting International Students and Interdepartmental Majors. Schedule an Appointment Contact me »