Five Duke Faculty Chosen as 2022 ACC Academic Leadership Network Fellows

November 15, 2021


Congratulations to Steffen Bass, Lori Bennear, Iyun Harrison, Cory Krupp and Benjamin Smallheer

Five Duke University scholars from four schools will serve as fellows in the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) Academic Leaders Network in 2022. This leadership development opportunity is part of the Office for Faculty Advancement’s new portfolio of coaching and leadership programs to support faculty at critical stages of their careers and complement existing programs at the school and department level.

The Academic Leaders Network was created by the provosts of the ACC member institutions. Earlier this fall, Duke University deans were invited to nominate faculty members who hold administrative positions in their schools. The selected fellows will participate in a number of joint institutional activities, including off-campus seminars at Virginia Tech, Boston College and the University of Virginia. These sessions are designed to build leadership awareness and effectiveness in the context of higher education, and facilitate conversations over a range of critical topics and issues.

Forming a tightly-knit Duke cohort, these five faculty members will also have the opportunity to participate in on-campus conversations with key Duke University leaders and stakeholders.

2022 Duke ACC Academic Leadership Network Fellows

Steffen A. Bass

Steffen Bass.Arts & Sciences Distinguished Professor of Physics, and Chair of the Department of Physics, Trinity College of Arts & Sciences

Steffen Bass received his Ph.D. in theoretical physics in 1997 from the J.W. Goethe University, and subsequently held postdoctoral appointments at Duke and Michigan State University. Bass does research at the intersection of theoretical nuclear and particle physics, in particular relativistic heavy-ion collisions, with which one aims to create a primordial state of matter at extremely high temperatures and densities (the Quark-Gluon-Plasma) that resembles the composition of the early universe shortly after the Big Bang. Bass is a leading expert in the phenomenology and transport properties of the Quark-Gluon-Plasma and knowledge extraction from large-scale data sets via computational modeling.

Lori Bennear

Lori Bennear.Juli Plant Grainger Associate Professor, Energy Economics and Policy, and Senior Associate Dean for Academic Initiatives, Nicholas School of the Environment

Lori Bennear holds secondary appointments in economics and public policy. She received her Ph.D. in public policy from Harvard University and earned an M.A. in economics from Yale University and an A.B. in economics and environmental studies from Occidental College. Her research focuses on evaluating the effectiveness of flexible environmental policies including information disclosure regulations, management-based regulations, liability regimes and demand-side management programs. She has applied these evaluations across a range of environmental domains including energy, toxics and drinking water. Her coedited book, “Policy Shock: Recalibrating Risk and Regulation after Oil Spills, Nuclear Accidents and Financial Crises,” was published in 2017.

Iyun Ashani Harrison

Iyun Harrison.Associate Professor of the Practice of Dance, and Director of Undergraduate Studies in Dance, Trinity College of Arts & Sciences

Iyun (p. Eye-Yun) Ashani Harrison is a dance maker, artist-educator and executive director of Ballet Ashani. Harrison is a graduate of the Juilliard School (BFA) and Hollins University (MFA) and has danced professionally with the Dance Theatre of Harlem, Ballet Hispanico of New York, Ailey II and the National Dance Theatre Company of Jamaica. His guest appearances include Connecticut Ballet, Flint Institute of Music, Collage Dance Collective, Seattle Dance Project, and St. Louis Black Repertory Theater. Harrison’s television credits include PBS’ Setting the Stage 2007, NBC’s 20th Hispanic Heritage Awards, PBS’ Who’s Dancin’ Now? – Arts Education in Your Community, and The South Bank Show in England.

Corinne Krupp

Cory Krupp.Professor of the Practice of Public Policy Studies, and Associate Dean of Academic Programs and Student Affairs, Sanford School of Public Policy

Corinne (Cory) Krupp previously served as the interim director of the Duke Center for International Development (2018-2020), and as the director of graduate studies for the Master of International Development Policy program at the Sanford School (2005-2016). Her disciplinary training is in economics, with specializations in international trade and finance and econometrics. At Sanford, she teaches both undergraduate and graduate courses in international development, macro policy and international finance, international trade and policy, public finance, and microeconomic policy.  She has won multiple teaching awards during her career, including the Richard Stubbing Award for Graduate Teaching and Mentoring in 2007.

Benjamin Smallheer

Benjamin Smallheer.Associate Clinical Professor, and Lead Faculty of the Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Program, School of Nursing

In addition to his academic appointment, Benjamin Smallheer is an acute care nurse practitioner and family nurse practitioner and maintains an active clinical practice at both Duke Raleigh Hospital and Duke Regional Hospital as a member of their critical care medicine teams. His academic career has been dedicated to improving the educational experience of nursing students. He is internationally recognized for his use of simulation and alternative teaching strategies that create learning environments which allow students to transition from the role of a bedside nurse to one of an advanced practice provider. He has also published on the phenomena of gender-associated incivility in higher education, which has resulted in new approaches to creating more inclusive learning experiences for male nursing students.

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