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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.

2016-2017 Committee Members


  • Tim Turkington, Medical Physics, Chair
  • David MacAlpine, Pharmacology, 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
  • Elizabeth Hutton, The Graduate School, Ex Officio
  • Greg Brennan, English, GPSC Representative
  • Miree Ku, Library Observer

Biological and Biomedical Sciences:

  • Terry Lechler, Cell Biology & Dermatology
  • David MacAlpine, Pharmacology
  • Daniel Schmitt, Evolutionary Anthropology
  • Michael Hauser, Molecular Genetics & Microbiology


  • Laura Lieber, German Studies
  • Roberto Dainotto, Romance Studies
  • Leela Prasad, Religious Studies
  • Negar Mottahedeh, Literature

Natural Sciences and Engineering

  • Steve Cummer, Electrical  & Computer Engineering
  • John Dolbow, Civil & Environmental Engineering
  • Mark Kruse, Physics
  • Sayan Mukherjee, Statistical Science

Social Sciences

  • Sharron Docherty, Nursing
  • Lisa Keister, Sociology
  • Ralph Litzinger, Cultural Anthropology
  • Sarah Deutsch, History


  • Nicki Rivers, The Graduate School

2016-2017 Meeting Schedule

Graduate School, Room 102
Tuesdays, 3:30pm – 5:00 pm

  • September 6
  • September20
  • October 4
  • October 18
  • November 1
  • November 15
  • November 29
  • December 13
  • January 10
  • January 24
  • February 7
  • February 21
  • March 7
  • March 21
  • April 4
  • April 18
  • May 2