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Stephen Nowicki – call him Steve – is the Dean and Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education and a professor in the departments of biology and psychology and neuroscience in Trinity College, and in the department of neurobiology in Duke’s medical center. He reports to the provost and serves as Duke’s principal voice on undergraduate education, responsible for leading and coordinating all aspects of undergraduate life. Steve continues to teach undergraduates - a priority and passion of his – and has published a high school biology textbook. He also continues to supervise graduate students and post-docs in his lab, which he runs with his wife Susan Peters. He has been at Duke since 1989. A native of upstate New York, Steve holds a doctorate from Cornell University, and a MS and BS from Tufts University where he majored in biology and music. Outside the office and classroom – and sometimes inside – he enjoys juggling and playing music – at home with his wife or in the student pep band that performs at Duke basketball games. Steve’s office hours are every Tuesday from 2 to 4 PM. Links to his convocation speeches can be found here. Contact Information: 116 Allen Building, Box 90024 Phone: 668-3420 Email:

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Donna Lisker is the Associate Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education. Donna is Steve’s deputy and works closely with him to gather ideas, analyze and coordinate improvements, and collaborates with senior administrators from schools, departments and administrative units that serve undergraduates. A proud Philadelphian, Lisker received her BA from Williams College and her MA and PhD from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She teaches a freshman seminar on gender and sports, is a pre-major adviser and and is the founder and co-director of the Baldwin Scholars, a four-year women’s leadership program. Donna has been a competitive rower since college and currently rows with the Carolina Masters. Contact Information: 116 Allen Building, Box 90024 Phone: 668-3420 Email:


Lee D. Baker serves as the Dean of Academic Affairs of Trinity College of Arts & Sciences and Associate Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education. Dean Baker is responsible for the administrative and financial management of the college; the curricular and instructional programs, including the Academic Advising Center, the Academic Resource Center, the Office of Continuing Studies, the Office of Study Abroad, the Office of Undergraduate Research Support, and the Office of Assessment for Trinity College. A graduate of Portland State University and Temple University, Baker came to Duke in 1995 as an assistant professor of cultural anthropology. From 1997 to 2000, he taught at Columbia University, and returned to Duke in 2000. He was the 2007 recipient of the Richard K. Lublin Distinguished Award for Teaching Excellence. Contact Information: 114 Allen Bldg, Box 90042 Phone: 684-3465 Email:


Deb Johnson is the Assistant Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education and Director of Administrative and Community Support Services. She holds a Ph.D. in Higher Education from the University of Toledo as well as master’s degrees in College Student Personnel and in Education Administration along with a bachelor’s degree in French and Spanish from Bowling Green State University. Deb spent 18 years as a financial aid administrator in Ohio before coming to Duke to serve as the Assistant Dean of Medical Education in the School of Medicine. She moved to the Provost’s Office in 2003 where she launched the Student Service Center and the DukePass student portal in 2004. She directs the Winter Forums, manages the university Events Calendar (Events@Duke), assists with new student communications and manages the MY DUKE application portal for students.  Deb also works with programs and efforts involving interaction between faculty and students, and in this capacity, manages the Faculty in Residence, FLUNCH and FINvite programs.  Additionally, she serves as a pre-major advisor and a member of the Undergraduate Conduct Board.  Contact Information: 103D Allen Building, Box 90024 Phone: 684-5832 Email:

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Michele L. Jones is an Administrative Assistant for the Office of Undergraduate Education. Her primary roles are to assist and support the Dean and Vice Provost, supervise the work study students, provide logistical support for the Board of Trustees Undergraduate Education Committee, and manage the day-to-day operations of the office. Michele, her husband, and three children moved from New Jersey to North Carolina in 2004. Prior to moving to North Carolina, she worked at a public-owned electric utility for 15 years. Michele loves to sing and can often be heard humming a tune. She enjoys spending time with her family, watching movies, going out to eat, or relaxing at home. During basketball season, you’ll find her cheering for her son, or in Cameron Indoor Stadium cheering for the Duke Women’s Team. Contact Information: 116 Allen Building, Box 90024 Phone: 668-3420 Email:


Melissa Malouf is Associate Professor of the Practice of English, Director of the Office of University Scholars and Fellows, and the Arts in Contemporary Society FOCUS program. She is the author of a novel, It Had to Be You (Avisson Press, 1997) and a collection of stories, No Guarantees (William Morrow, 1990). One of the stories in this collection, "The Golden Robe," was awarded a prestigious Pushcart Prize (1989). Several of her stories have been cited for excellence by both Pushcart and Best American Short Stories; two of them appear in North Carolina anthologies of contemporary literature. She has written three one-act plays, which premiered at Duke, as well as two opera libretti, one of them commissioned by The Durham Arts Council. Dr. Malouf is the recipient of The Alumni Distinguished Undergraduate Teaching Award (1997). Contact Information: B209 Smith Warehouse, Box 90756 Phone: 660-3070 Email:

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Julius L. Jones, A.B. ’12, is the Administrative Fellow in the Office of Undergraduate Education. Julius is in charge of special projects for the office and serves as a liaison between the OUE and various entities across campus. In his spare time, Julius enjoys reading, writing, watching new movies and visiting new restaurants and places. A huge sports fan, Julius splits his loyalties between the Blue Devils and the University of Oregon Ducks. After his tenure is up, Julius plans to earn a Ph.D. in History and enter into higher education administration. Contact Information: 116 Allen Building, Box 90024 Phone: 684-9569 Email:


Susan Kauffman is the Director of Undergraduate Communications. She’s focused on helping better communicate the strengths of a Duke undergraduate education and improving how Duke communicates with students – so she’s eager for input! Susan leads a team of campus communicators from admissions, student affairs, student services, Trinity and Pratt. A native Californian with degrees from Stanford and UNC-Chapel Hill, she came to Duke in 1999 to work in the Office of Public Affairs and Government Relations, after prior careers as a News and Observer reporter and a steel mill foreman. She is a pre-major advisor and is thrilled to get to know even more great Duke students. Susan is always up for a game of Scrabble. Contact Information: 120A Allen Building, Box 90024 Phone: 681-2844 Email:

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Amanda Toler Kelso is the Executive Director of the Global Education Office -- Undergraduates. She has worked in the field of international higher education for over two decades. She has a B.A. and M.A. in Spanish (UNC-Chapel Hill), a doctorate in higher education administration (NCSU), and a graduate certificate in Technology and Communication (UNC-Chapel Hill). Kelso has held leadership positions in international education professional organizations at the state, regional, and national levels, and has been with the office she leads since 1997. Her primary interests are study abroad program management, online education, assessment, and marketing. Contact Information : Smith Warehouse, Phone: 919-684-2174 Email:


Debora Robinson is an Administrative Assistant for the Office of Undergraduate Education. Her primary role is Financial Manager. Debora moved from Asheville to Durham where she has eleven years of administrative and financial experience in the Student Affairs Division with Housing, Dining and Residence Life and the Women’s Center. She participated in the inaugural First Time Supervisor program and completed the Certificate in Human Resource Management program. Debora enjoys spending time with her family and friends. Contact Information: 118 Allen Building, Box 90024 Phone: 681-4679 Email:


Lee Willard is Associate Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education and Senior Associate Dean for Academic Planning. She works with Steve on such projects as the Bass Society and the Howard Hughes Undergraduate Science Education programs. She works with the deans in Arts and Sciences on academic planning, programmatic development, and institutional proposal development related to undergraduates. Lee also serves as a pre-major adviser. She holds a BA from Agnes Scott College and a PhD in Classics from UNC-Chapel Hill. Lee likes hiking in the NC mountains, Celtic music and tooling around in her garden. Contact Information: 114 Allen Building, Box 90046 Phone: (919) 684-5599 Email: