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 charged a committee in the 2017-18 academic year to re-evaluate the criteria for tenure and promotion to clearly define criteria that reward the many scholarly activities we value as a community.

The committee completed its work in May 2018, and submitted a report to the Provost (linked below) which offers ideas and options for consideration. Implementation plans following from the report are currently being developed.

Co-chairs

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

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

Doctoral 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 convened 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.

The committee completed its work in December 2018, and submitted a report to the Provost (linked below) which offers ideas and options for consideration. Implementation plans following from the report are currently being developed.

Co-chairs

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

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

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