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Executive Committee of the Graduate Faculty (ECGF)

The graduate faculty, which meets on call, depends upon the Executive Committee of the Graduate Faculty for the creation of policy with respect to graduate study at Duke University, as well as for other delegated responsibilities. The ECGF normally meets regularly on matters affecting The Graduate School.

The ECGF consists of an elected faculty chair and four representatives from each of the academic divisions—humanities, biological sciences, physical sciences, and social sciences. The chair may be one of those representatives. Faculty representatives are elected by their respective divisions for staggered two-year terms. The dean and the associate dean for academic affairs sit as ex officio members of the committee.

2017-2018 Committee Members


  • Sharron Docherty, Nursing, Chair
  • Daniel Schmitt, Evolutionary Anthropology, Vice Chair
  • Paula McClain, Dean, The Graduate School, Ex Officio
  • John Klingensmith, The Graduate School, Ex Officio
  • Jackie Looney, The Graduate School, Ex Officio
  • Shanna Fitzpatrick, The Graduate School, Ex Officio
  • To be determined, GPSC Representative
  • Ryan Denniston, Library Observer

Biological and Biomedical Sciences:

  • Terry Lechler, Cell Biology & Dermatology
  • Michael Hauser, Molecular Genetics & Microbiology
  • David Tobin, Molecular Genetics and Microbiology
  • Jenny Tung, Evolutionary Anthropology


  • Gopal Sreenivasan, Philosophy
  • Leela Prasad, Religious Studies
  • Negar Mottahedeh, Literature
  • Joshua Sosin, Classical Studies

Natural Sciences and Engineering

  • Steve Cummer, Electrical  & Computer Engineering
  • Mark Kruse, Physics
  • Benjamin Wiley, Chemistry
  • Thomas Witelski, Mathematics

Social Sciences

  • Sharron Docherty, Nursing
  • Sarah Deutsch, History
  • Lisa Keister, Sociology
  • Orin Starn, Cultural Anthropology


  • Natavan Mammadli, The Graduate School
  • Francisco Ramos, The Graduate School

2017-2018 Meeting Schedule

Perkins Library, Room 349
Tuesdays, 3:00pm – 5:00 pm

  • August 29
  • September 12
  • September 26
  • October 3
  • October 17
  • October 31
  • November 14
  • November 28
  • December 12 (at Graduate School)
  • January 9
  • January 23
  • February 6
  • February 20
  • March 6
  • March 20
  • April 3
  • April 17
  • May 1