Office of the Dean

Dean Laurie L. PattonOne of the “Duke differences” is our ability to provide undergraduates with a wealth of opportunities to engage with faculty in mentored research.In addition to a vibrant and well-rounded curriculum, Duke students can work with a collaborative and committed faculty to advance knowledge in a wide variety of fields. I believe these academic opportunities in the Arts and Sciences, as well as engineering, the environment, and public policy, are unparalleled in institutions of higher education today. I hope that students will take full advantage of the rich educational possibilities that await them.

The mission of Trinity College of Arts and Sciences at Duke University has several dimensions. 

  1. Provide a superior liberal education to undergraduate students, attending not only to their intellectual growth but also to their development as adults committed to high ethical standards and full participation as leaders in their communities.
  2. Advance the frontiers of knowledge and contribute boldly to the international community of scholarship.
  3. Promote an intellectual environment built on a commitment to free and open inquiry.
  4. Promote a deep appreciation for the range of human difference and potential, a sense of the obligations and rewards of citizenship, and a commitment to learning, freedom and truth.

Toward these ends, Duke is committed to providing an extraordinary undergraduate and graduate education; to excellence in disciplinary and interdisciplinary research; to tackling the challenges of building diversity; and to innovation in global education. Whether it is through an extraordinary classroom experience on Duke’s Durham campus, a summer volunteering through DukeEngage, international study through Duke Intense or Global Study Abroad, there is something for all Duke students who wish to challenge themselves and transform the world.

Sincerely,

Laurie L. Patton
Dean of Arts & Sciences
Robert F. Durden Professor of Religion
Professor of Cultural Anthropology
asdean@duke.edu
(919) 684-4510

Office of the Dean of Arts & Sciences

Administrative Support:

Mary Jacobs
Administrative Manager and
Assistant to the Dean
mary.jacobs@duke.edu
Tel: (919) 684-4863 
Fax: (919) 684-8503

Address:

Trinity College of Arts & Sciences
Office of the Dean
104 Allen Building 
421 Chapel Drive
Box 90046
Durham, North Carolina 27708-0046

Joan Shipman
Staff Assistant
joan.shipman@duke.edu 
Tel: (919) 684-4510
Fax: (919) 684-8503