Task Forces

Tenure Standards

We recognize that increasingly diverse forms of scholarship have not been taken into account in our appointment, promotion and tenure processes. While progress has been made on the consideration of interdisciplinary efforts, criteria for rigor and impact in less traditional, alternative, or emerging forms of scholarly expression, including online education, public scholarship, and policy outreach, have not been well defined. The Provost will charge a committee to re-evaluate the criteria for tenure and promotion to clearly define criteria that reward the many scholarly activities we value as a community.


Anne Allison, Ph.D.
Professor, Cultural Anthropology, Gender, Sexuality, and Feminist Studies

Bruce Jentleson, Ph.D.
Professor, Sanford School of Public Policy, Political Science

Graduate Education

Duke possesses superb professional and graduate programs set in a highly interdisciplinary, liberal arts environment. This combination enables us to seize new opportunities in graduate education so that our graduate and professional students are able to increasingly navigate a diverse and quickly evolving career landscape. In partnership with The Graduate School, the Provost will convene a university-wide committee to re-imagine doctoral education at Duke; to examine how to balance the need to sustain disciplinary excellence with our responsibility to offer PhD training that prepares our students to make a difference in a wide array of professional contexts; and to ascertain best practices for developing students’ skills in communication, leadership, and teaching and mentoring, as well as their ability to work effectively in teams, both within and across disciplines.


Ed Balleisen, Ph.D.
Vice Provost for Interdisciplinary Studies
Professor, History, Arts & Sciences

Susan Lozier, Ph.D.
Professor, Nicholas School of the Environment

Policy Bridge

Duke’s ability to address important societal challenges will be facilitated by connecting its scholarship more directly with policymakers and practitioners at all levels of governance and civil society. To forge greater communication, coordination, and mutual support amongst existing centers, initiatives, and individuals, Duke will invest in building a Policy Bridge situated at the Sanford School and serving the entire university. The Policy Bridge will assist scholars in making connections, identifying potential research partnerships, translating research for policymakers and civil society actors, and navigating the unfamiliar policymaking terrain.  The Policy Bridge will also conduct policy workshops and trainings for researchers, including graduate students, on how to most effectively engage, and will build mechanisms for ongoing dialogue with external stakeholders that can serve their needs, shape new research questions and create the conditions for long-term collaborations, across political and other divides.


Noah Pickus, Ph.D.
Associate Provost and Senior Advisor

Jennifer Francis, Ph.D.
Vice Provost for Academic Affairs
Professor, Fuqua School of Business

Fritz Mayer, Ph.D.
Professor, Sanford School of Public Policy

View the plan to read more about the initiatives planned within each of the goals.