This annual day-long program provides leaders of departments and units with the opportunity to learn about the broader university context and to engage with fellow leaders.

Launched in 2023, this annual day-long program kicks off the Leading an Academic Unit at Duke (LAUD) series. Duke’s president, provost and other key university leaders take part in the program, which offers department and unit leaders the opportunity to learn about the broader university context and to engage with fellow leaders.

Agenda of Inaugural Retreat

The first edition of the Duke Department & Unit Leaders Retreat was held on August 22, 2023, at the Blue Devil Tower, Wallace Wade Stadium. Sessions and speakers included:

Welcome

Abbas Benmamoun, Vice Provost for Faculty Advancement

President's Remarks

Vincent Price, President

Informed Leadership: A Look at Demographics and University Organization

Craig Henriquez, Associate Vice Provost for Faculty Advancement
Mohamed Noor, Interim Vice Provost for Academic Affairs

Hiring, Retention and Advancement

Moderator: Abbas Benmamoun, Vice Provost for Faculty Advancement

Panel:

Scott Huettel, Professor in the Department of Psychology and Neuroscience
Molly Martin, Vice Dean of Faculty Affairs in Trinity College of Arts & Sciences
Jennifer Nash, Jean Fox O'Barr Women's Studies Distinguished Professor of Gender, Sexuality & Feminist Studies
Georg Vanberg, Senior Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs in Trinity College of Arts & Sciences

Human Resources: Managing People and Situations as a Department/Unit Leaders

Moderator: Craig Henriquez, Associate Vice Provost for Faculty Advancement

Panel:

Kim Harris, Associate Vice Provost and Director of Academic HR Services
Piper Mitchell, Human Resources Director of Staff and Labor Relations
Sumetrice Porter, Human Resources Director Sanford School of Public Policy

Budget and Space/Resource Management

Moderator: Mohamed Noor, Interim Vice Provost for Academic Affairs

Panel:

Daniel Ennis, Executive Vice President
Amy Oates, Interim Vice Provost for Finance and Administration

Lunch & Networking with Key Leaders from Central Administrative Units

Academic Climate/Culture and Navigating Complex Situations

Sherilynn Black, Associate Vice Provost for Faculty Advancement
Kim Hewitt, Vice President for Institutional Equity
Jessica Kuchta-Miller, University Ombuds
Piper Mitchell, Human Resources Director of Staff and Labor Relations

Wellness and Mental Health

Lisa Adams, Director of Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS)
Donna Parrish, Employee Assistance Program Counselor at Personal Assistance Service (PAS)

Coaching and Mentoring Resources

Ann Brown, Senior Associate Dean for Faculty Professionalism for the School of Medicine
Maria LaMonaca Wisdom, Director of Faculty Mentoring and Coaching Programs

Panel of Veteran/Former Department and Unit Leaders

Moderator: Sherilynn Black, Associate Vice Provost for Faculty Advancement

Panel:

Emily Bernhardt, Chair and James B. Duke Distinguished Professor of Biology
Sheila Dillon, Anne Murnick Cogan Distinguished Professor of Art and Art History
Shai Ginsburg, Chair and Associate Professor of Asian & Middle Eastern Studies
George Truskey, R. Eugene and Susie E. Goodson Distinguished Professor of Biomedical Engineering

Provost's Remarks and Reception

Information about the next Duke Department & Unit Leaders Retreat is forthcoming.