Academic Deans

As academic officers of Trinity College of Arts and Sciences, Academic Deans report to the Dean of Academic Affairs and serve under the leadership of the Senior Associate Dean and Chief of Staff. They are an integral member of the College Deans Staff and serve on Trinity College and University Committtees as designated by the Dean of Academic Affairs. 

Trinity College Academic Deans oversee and ensure the progress of undergraduate students toward graduation and ensure all graduation requirements are met before clearing students to receive their degree. They provide counsel to students regarding their academic plans in conjunction with the Academic Advising Center and departmental advisors. Academic Deans coordinate communication between students, faculty, parents, and other campus partners about Trinity College undergraduate academics.

The Trinity College Academic Deans publish, administer, and interpret policies set by Trinity College faculty. They are responsible for ensuring that policies are applied conscientiously and consistently. Trinity College Academic Deans commit to equity for all students in their interpretation of policies.

Overview of a Four-Year Dean Model

Beginning in fall 2015, Trinity College instituted a four-year dean model for undergraduates, in which each student is assigned to one academic dean, and this dean will remain theirs for all four years. This is to ensure that each student has one consistent academic contact over the course of their time at Duke, as well as to provide for holistic support and long-term mentoring relationships that provide continuity over time. First-year students are assigned to a dean in late July or early August.

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 More Info »


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. More Info »


Nahal Kaivan, Ph.D.

Nahal Kaivan, Ph.D.

Academic dean for the Wellness Initiative. Schedule an Appointment More Info »


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 More Info »


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 More Info »


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 More Info »


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 More Info »


David Rabiner

David Rabiner

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


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 More Info »


Sarah Russell, Ph.D.

Sarah Russell, Ph.D.

Director of the Undergraduate Research Support office. Schedule an Appointment More Info »


Jesse S Summers

Jesse S Summers

Director of Courses and Curriculum committees, including House courses, academic liaison for Robertson Scholars, for Duke Student Government, for foreign languages, and for the Humanities to the DUS Board. Support strategic planning within the Office of Academic Affairs. Adjunct Assistant Professor... More Info »


Sabrina L Thomas

Sabrina L Thomas

Risk Management Officer. Schedule an Appointment More Info »


Gerald Wilson, Ph.D.

Gerald Wilson, Ph.D.

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


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 More Info »


Liguo Zhang

Liguo Zhang

Academic dean for DKU students at Duke in Durham. Schedule an Appointment More Info »