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Funding: Graduate School fellowships for 2023-24; apply by Nov. 11 | Professional Development Grant; apply by Oct. 15

A2i Coffee Chat with Dr. John Blackshear, Associate Vice President of Student Affairs and Dean of Students at Duke


John Blackshear, Ph.D., Associate Vice President of Student Affairs and Dean of Students at Duke

Coffee chats are where we bring in guests to talk about their journey within their chosen field.

Head shot of Dr. John Blackshear

John Blackshear has served as Duke’s dean of students and associate vice provost of undergraduate education since June 2020. He was previously dean of academic affairs for Trinity College of Arts & Sciences, as well as senior associate dean of academic planning in Trinity College. Since 2001, he has served a wide range of essential support roles for students at Duke, including academic dean, supervising Duke’s low-income and first-generation scholarship and success programs, serving as clinical director of the Academic Resource Center, and working with Duke’s Office of Student Returns and Student Disabilities Access Office. He was Duke’s student ombudsperson from 2007-2015. Backshear also previously worked in Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) from 2001-2007. 

A clinical psychologist by training, Blackshear holds his doctorate in clinical psychology from Georgia State University, and a masters in community/clinical psychology as well as a B.S. in psychology from Florida A&M University. Blackshear has served as an adjunct instructor in the Department of Psychology and Neuroscience at Duke since 2009, and will continue teaching. 

A2i is a program at Duke focused on helping humanities and social science PhD students find, apply for, and secure employment outside academia. While the content, industry partners, and guest presenters will be tailored for humanities and social science doctoral candidates, other graduate and professional students from Duke are welcome to attend. See the complete lineup of fall 2022 A2i events on the Duke Career Center website.

This event is sponsored by Duke Career Center. Questions? Contact Jiayue Liu, A2i intern.


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