Celebrating the Milestone of Becoming a Long-Term Partner in Duke’s Future

Hotel Ballast, Wilmington, NC, March 1–3, 2024

This gathering is intended to provide newly tenured faculty with an opportunity to pause and strategically consider the next five to eight-year period of their careers in discussions led by senior faculty and administrators. The full program includes a celebratory dinner, long-range career planning activities, presentations by senior faculty and networking opportunities with faculty representing a broad array of disciplines across the university.

Event Schedule

Friday, March 1

Check-In & Registration

4 – 5:15 p.m., Hotel Ballast Lobby


Alec Gallimore, Provost
5:30 – 5:45 p.m., Carolina Room


Alec Gallimore, Provost
5:45 – 6:30 p.m., Carolina Room


6:30 – 8 p.m., Riverview Terrace

Saturday, March 2

Check-In & Breakfast

8 – 8:30 a.m., Harnett Room

Program Overview

Abbas Benmamoun, Vice Provost for Faculty Advancement
8:30 – 9 a.m.Harnett Room

Flourishing in Your Research and Scholarship

Jennifer Lodge, Vice President for Research & Innovation
George Truskey, Associate Vice President for Research & Innovation
Maria Wisdom, Director of Faculty Mentoring and Coaching Programs
9 – 11 a.m.Harnett Room

Engaging with Colleagues through University Service and Faculty Governance

Ed Balleisen, Vice Provost for Interdisciplinary Studies
Erika Weinthal, Professor of Environmental Policy & Public Policy and former Chair of Academic Council
Moderated by Abbas Benmamoun, Vice Provost for Faculty Advancement
11 – 11:30 a.m., Harnett Room

Working Lunch

11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m., Carolina Room

Exploring and Expanding Your Engagement with Students

Yakut Gazi, Vice Provost for Learning Innovation & Digital Education
Candis Watts Smith, Interim Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education
Moderated by Sherilynn Black, Associate Vice Provost for Faculty Advancement
1 – 2 p.m., Harnett Room

Embodying Duke Values in the Next Phase of Your Career

Sherilynn Black, Associate Vice Provost for Faculty Advancement
Kimberly Hewitt, Vice President for Institutional Equity
2 – 3 p.m., Harnett Room


3 – 3:30 p.m.

Path to Full and Distinguished Professor

Abbas Benmamoun, Vice Provost for Faculty Advancement
Matthew Becker, Hugo L. Blomquist Distinguished Professor of Chemistry and Chair of the Provost's Advisory Committee on Appointment, Promotion and Tenure
Sheila Dillon, Anne Murnick Cogan Distinguished Professor of Art and Art History
3:30 - 4:30 p.m., Harnett Room

Free Time

4:30 - 6 p.m.


Music by the John Brown Quintet

6 - 8 p.m., Riverview Terrace

Wilmington Amenities

Explore the many ways to enjoy the weekend in Wilmington.

Airlie Gardens

Explore 67 acres containing formal gardens, wildlife, ten acres of lakes, more than 75,000 azaleas, the tall Airlie Oak which dates back to 1545, and a seasonal butterfly house all located two miles west of Wrightsville Beach.

New Hanover County Arboretum

Explore seven acres of beautiful seasonal gardens open year round.

Wilmington Riverwalk

Stroll along nearly two-miles of scenic walkway alongside the historic Cape Fear River.

Battleship North Carolina

Explore the refurbished WWII Battleship starting with the Observation Deck.

Fort Fisher State Historic Site

Site of Civil War's largest Amphibious (Land and Water) Battle, the remaining portion of the gigantic Fort Fisher earthworks, along with a restored palisade fence and impressive seacoast gun, sits near the Visitors Center.

North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher

Stunning exhibits of aquatic environment and wildlife connect you with the natural world.


Shopping in Wilmington’s River District is an adventure all in itself.


The short journey to the three island beach towns offers fresh possibilities to enhance your stay in Wilmington.


Wilmington is the perfect destination for a golf getaway with nearly year-round golf weather and beautifully manicured golf courses.

History Tours

This riverside city has an abundance of historic riches showcasing attractions from a WWII-era battleship to haunted pubs and more.


No, the retreat is currently in-person only. Participants will be notified should the situation change.

Duke will cover lodging and meals for the faculty member attending the program. All other expenses are the responsibility of the faculty member.

Yes, please feel free to bring your family. See what Wilmington has to offer families.

No, families are invited to the Saturday evening dinner only. All other meals are the responsibility of the faculty member.

Yes, but additional lodging nights are to be paid by the guest.

Sadly, no. Hotel Ballast is a pet-free facility.