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 Continuing Studies and Visiting Summer Session 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 »


Nahal Kaivan, Ph.D.

Nahal Kaivan, Ph.D.

Co-Director of the SPIRE fellows program and academic dean for the Wellness Initiative. Schedule an Appointment Contact me »


Rachael Murphey, Ph.D.

Rachael Murphey, Ph.D.

Director of Program II, 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. Director of Interdepartmental Majors. Liaison for the natural and quantitative sciences to the DUS board and SPIRE fellows mentor. Lecturer in Psychology and Neuroscience. Schedule an... 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. Schedule an Appointment Contact me »


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Claire Siburt, Ph.D.

Prehealth advisor and liason to the Cooperative College (3-2) program for the Nicholas School.  Schedule an Appointment Contact me »


Jesse S Summers

Jesse S Summers

Ex-Officio member of the Courses and Curriculum committees, including House courses, academic liaison for Robertson Scholars, for Duke Student Government, to the Trinity Languages Council, and to the DUS Board. Support strategic planning within the Office of Academic Affairs. Adjunct Assistant... Contact me »


Sabrina Thomas

Sabrina Thomas

Ex-Officio member of the Undergraduate Teaching, Academic Standards and Honors (CUT) committee. 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 Professor of Education.  Contact me »


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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.

Co-Director of the SPIRE fellows program and faculty director of the Baldwin Scholars. Adjunct Professor of History.  Schedule an Appointment Contact me »


Liguo Zhang

Liguo Zhang

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