Office of the Dean

Valerie S. AshbyOne 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.

The academic opportunities in the Trinity College of Arts and Sciences, as well as in 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. 

  • Provide a world-class liberal arts 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.
  • Advance the frontiers of knowledge and contribute boldly to the international community of scholarship.
  • Promote an intellectual environment built on a commitment to free and open inquiry.
  • 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 Global Study Abroad, or immersive research through Bass Connections, there is something for all Duke students who wish to challenge themselves and transform the world.


Valerie Ashby
Dean of Trinity College of Arts & Sciences
(919) 684-4510

Office of the Dean of Arts & Sciences
Mary Jacobs
Administrative Manager and
Assistant to the Dean
Tel: (919) 684-4863 
Fax: (919) 684-8503
Kacey Hammel
Special Assistant for Strategic Initiatives

Joan Shipman
Staff Assistant 
Tel: (919) 684-4510
Fax: (919) 684-8503


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