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Duke University Graduate School
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Box 90065
Durham, NC 27708 USA

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About Us

Staff Directory

Graduate School Organization Chart (pdf)

Office of the Dean

Dr. Paula D. McClainPaula D. McClain
Dean of the Graduate School and Vice Provost

Senior administrator in the Graduate School. Responsible for all policies and procedures in the Graduate Programs.

Tel: (919) 681-1560
Carlus Walters
Assistant to the Dean and Vice Provost

Assists with Graduate School management and schedules appointments for the Dean.

Tel: (919) 681-1560
John Zhu
Senior Public Affairs Officer

Responsible for developing and leading The Graduate School’s communication strategy.

Tel: (919) 684-1665
Pakis Bessias
Network Administrator

Responsible for the Graduate School's internal computer data systems.

Tel: (919) 681-3227

Finance and Administration

Cynthia Robertson
Associate Dean for Finance and Administration

Develops, implements and communicates all Graduate School financial operations; responsible for student record maintenance and enrollment reporting; serves as liaison between University departments and external entities regarding financial and administrative policies and procedures.

Tel: (919) 681-3249
Marsha Adams-Parker
Human Resources Manager

Coordinates human resource needs of employees, student workers and fellows; interprets personnel policies and employee relations functions in order to meet federal, state, University and Graduate School objectives; assists hiring managers in employee recruitment and termination, position classification, and salary administration.

Tel: (919) 681-1562
Joel Salgado
Data Analyst

Responsible for the development and implementation of all data management processes; performs data reporting and statistical analysis to be used by internal Graduate School units (academic affairs, admissions, finance and enrollment services, financial aid and student affairs) as well as external Duke offices.

Tel: (919) 668-3045

Budgets and Finance

Shanna Fitzpatrick
Director, Budgets and Finance

Directs financial operations; oversees development and implementation of financial policies, processes and technologies; manages daily operation and staff supervision; prepares and monitors administrative and financial aid budgets and expenditures.

Tel: (919) 684-6710
Iryna Merenbloom
Financial Analyst

Compiles, analyzes and prepares reports on the financial compliance and performance of graduate student funding and the operating units of the Graduate School.

Tel: (919) 681-1555
Tammy Dickens
Accounting Specialist

Responsible for the administration of the Graduate School’s conference travel program; maintains accounting of procurement card payments and office invoices; provides additional assistance in managing department operations.

Tel: (919) 681-1552


Elizabeth Hutton
Director, Graduate Admissions

Manages daily operations of the Admissions Office, including workflow, staff supervision and implementation of new technology to the admissions process; responsible for set-up, monitoring and data integrity of automated systems; assists with upgrades, hires and trains additional seasonal staff, and provides ongoing admissions analysis and reports.

Tel: (919) 684-3913
Nancy Wines
Admissions Specialist

Processes admissions applications; performs thesis and dissertation format checks; serves as admissions liaison with graduate departments in computer science, engineering, liberal studies and various others; assists incoming international students with Visa processing.

Tel: (919) 684-3913
Stacy Torian

Communications Specialist

Develops and edits admissions communications related to the application process; communicates final admissions decisions to applicants; matriculates admitted students; performs thesis and dissertation format checks.

Tel: (919) 684-5737

Graduate Student Affairs

Dr. Jacqueline Looney
Senior Associate Dean for Graduate Programs and Associate Vice Provost for Academic DiversityJacqueline Looney

Senior administrator for the Office of Graduate Student Affairs. Responsible for collaborating with graduate departments, student organizations, and other administrative units to provide services that enhance the academic, social, personal, and cultural needs of graduate students.

Tel: (919) 684-2056
Dr. Melissa BostromMelissa Bostrom
Assistant Dean for Graduate Student Professional Development

Provides strategic direction and leadership for graduate student professional development and is responsible for the organization, development, implementation, and evaluation of professional development services.

Tel: (919) 684-1407
Sondra Ponzi
Senior Program Coordinator

Responsible for management and implementation of student programs. Also responsible for budgeting, preparing programmatic reports, providing counseling and advising of students. Acts as the disability services liaison and the harassment prevention advisor.

Tel: (919) 681-1551
Latishia Futrell
Program Coordinator

Responsible for managing communication networks and databases, preparing programmatic reports, assisting in the implementation of programming efforts, and serving as a liaison with University departments.

Tel: (919) 684-2056

Academic Affairs

Dr. John Klingensmith
Associate Dean for Academic Affairs

Responsible for developing and administering the academic regulations of the Graduate School, including those involving disciplinary matters, time limitations, leaves, examination/advisory committees and milestone examinations. He is responsible for the external review of University academic departments and programs, and the internal review of proposed curriculum changes in graduate programs. He also serves as admissions reviewer and as general academic advisor for students who wish to talk to someone outside their own graduate degree programs.

Tel: (919) 681-1559
Judith G. Wittenberg
Program Coordinator

Responsible for tracking and reporting graduate student placement, managing the graduate faculty nominations and graduate student committees processes; providing administrative support to the Executive Council of the Graduate Faculty; editing the Graduate School Bulletin and the Director of Graduate Studies Manual; overseeing Graduate Certificate Process, updating Academic Affairs portion of Graduate School web site including descriptions of departments, and programs, managing DGS appointment process; and assisting the Senior Associate Dean of Academic Affairs as needed.

Tel: (919) 681-3252

Dr. Douglas L. James
Doug James
Assistant Dean for Academic Affairs

Teaches courses on college teaching, course design, and higher education and conducts research on effective graduate education. Directs the Preparing Future Faculty (PFF) annual program.  Coordinates training in Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) and other professional development events for graduate students. Serves as Director of Graduate Studies for MA in Humanities. Available to lead workshops for Duke departments or other graduate schools.

Tel: (919) 681-3251
Nicki Rivers
Staff Assistant

Provides administrative support to Academic Affairs; handles coordination of workshops and events,records preliminary exam information, and manages the Thesis/Dissertation process.

Tel: (919) 681-4441