Graduate School Administration

Paula D. McClain, PhD, Dean of The Graduate School and Vice Provost

Shanna Fitzpatrick, MHA, MBA, Senior Associate Dean for Finance and Administration, Chief Financial Officer

John A. Klingensmith, PhD, Senior Associate Dean for Academic Affairs

Jacqueline Looney, EdD, Senior Associate Dean for Graduate Programs, Associate Vice Provost for Academic Diversity

Nicholas Alena, MS, Associate Dean, Graduate Admissions

Message from the Dean

Welcome to The Graduate School. Duke is an energetic and vibrant university at the forefront of graduate education. The Graduate School is central to the academic mission of the university, and graduate faculty research is on the cutting edge of knowledge in the various disciplines and programs represented in the school. The hallmark of graduate education at Duke is a rich blend of deep, specialized knowledge in a field of study, intersecting with the boundaries and frontiers of other fields. Multidisciplinary approaches are seen as key to discovery and the production of knowledge. Collaborative faculty and graduate student research and study groups coalesce around problems and themes in many different university settings for work beyond departmental and individual program contexts.

The Graduate School is committed to the success of our students and serves as an advocate for their intellectual development. We believe that the analytic and research skills formed and honed during graduate study are critical for success in a variety of professional contexts. We are committed to helping students think about and begin to shape their professional career trajectories from the moment they begin their graduate student careers at Duke. We know, however, that student success encompasses aspects of their lives beyond their academic work, and we believe that graduate study should be viewed as part of a well-rounded life experience. The school offers many programs to help support and enrich the lives of graduate students during their years at Duke.

Duke’s location in the Research Triangle (Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill) facilitates contact with other major universities and with public and private institutes and firms. Outreach to these communities is an integral part of the Duke graduate experience, both academically and culturally. To come to Duke University for graduate study is to encounter the welcoming environment of an educational community dedicated to the pursuit of excellence and to the production of knowledge that will serve the broader society.

Paula D. McClain, PhD
Dean of The Graduate School
Vice Provost for Graduate Education Duke University


A full list of graduate faculty is maintained by The Graduate School here. Full profiles are available on Scholars@Duke.