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.