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Abbas Benmamoun.

Abbas Benmamoun

Vice Provost for Faculty Advancement

Abbas Benmamoun is the vice provost for faculty advancement and professor of Asian and Middle Eastern studies and linguistics. In his role at Duke as vice provost for faculty advancement, he provides leadership, guidance and oversight of university-wide strategies and programs to support faculty excellence. The office oversees faculty and leadership development programs and partners with Duke schools, departments and other academic programs to advance faculty careers and enhance faculty success at Duke.

Benmamoun earned his B.A. from the Mohammed V University in Rabat, Morocco, master’s degree from University College London, and Ph.D. from the University of Southern California. He served on the faculty and administration of the University of Illinois and the faculty of the University of Wisconsin and the University of London’s School of Oriental & African Studies. Benmamoun’s research focuses on the comparative syntax and morphology of natural language and heritage languages, particularly on issues of language maintenance and loss within immigrant communities. His publications include “The Feature Structure of Functional Categories: A Comparative Study of Arabic Dialects” (Oxford University Press), “Arabic Syntax” (Cambridge University Press) and “The Routledge Handbook of Arabic Linguistics” (Routledge).

Administrative Assistant: Jan Carico
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Sherilynn J. Black

Sherilynn J. Black

Associate Vice Provost for Faculty Advancement

Sherilynn Black is the associate vice provost for faculty advancement, providing leadership in many areas of faculty advancement including support for pretenure and midcareer faculty, professional development for nontenure system faculty, and mentoring. She also leads initiatives to increase diversity among the faculty ranks. Dr. Black is an assistant professor of the practice of medical education and engages in social neuroscience research on the effectiveness of interventions designed to promote diversity in academia.

Dr. Black previously served as the founding director of the Office of Biomedical Graduate Diversity for the Duke University School of Medicine and was also a principal investigator of the NIH-funded Duke Biosciences Collaborative for Research Engagement (BioCoRE). Dr. Black holds several national appointments relating to faculty development and advancement with the NIH, HHMI, AAMC, The Burroughs Wellcome Fund, the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine, and the Society for Neuroscience. She has won a number of distinctions for her research and service, including the Samuel DuBois Cook Society award and the Dean’s Award for Inclusive Excellence in Graduate Education. Dr. Black earned her B.S. in psychology and biology with highest honors at the University of North Carolina–Chapel Hill as a Morehead-Cain Scholar. She earned her Ph.D. in neurobiology at Duke University and completed additional studies in the School of Education at UNC–Chapel Hill.

Administrative Assistant: Jan Carico
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Carolyn Mackman.

Carolyn H. Mackman

Assistant Vice Provost for Faculty Advancement

Carolyn Mackman is the assistant vice provost in the Office for Faculty Advancement. Carolyn manages the staff in the office, liaises with leadership and oversees the programs, newsletter, major events and new initiatives that support faculty across the university. Carolyn is an alumna of the Duke Leadership Academy, and remains the director of the Dual Career Assistance Program.

Prior to joining the Office for Faculty Advancement, Carolyn was manager of strategic projects in the Duke University Office of the Provost, where she managed a diverse portfolio of projects stemming from the Together Duke academic strategic plan, including the Machine Learning School, the Duke Graduate Academy and seed funding programs (GSTEG, DSIGN, FTREG, ICPG and Collaboratory grants). Carolyn also staffed the Reimagining Doctoral Education Committee.

Carolyn earned a B.S. in molecular biology from the University of Edinburgh, and an M.Phil. in medical microbiology from the University of Leicester. In her spare time, Carolyn enjoys traveling, reading, theater and film and spending time with family and friends.

Administrative Assistant: Jan Carico
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Sarah Dwyer.

Sarah Dwyer

Director of Communications

In support of the provost’s strategic priorities, Sarah leads a collaborative approach to communications for the Office for Faculty Advancement as well as the Office for Interdisciplinary Studies and its Bass Connections program. She partners with colleagues in these offices as well as faculty, staff and students across the university to illustrate and share Duke’s inclusive excellence in research and education.

Before joining the Duke community in 2015, Sarah worked at global health nonprofit IntraHealth International in Chapel Hill, NC, where she managed communications for the organization’s largest project and interacted with project offices in 23 countries.

Prior to moving to Durham from New York City, Sarah was the acting director of development at The Graduate Center of the City University of New York, the director of development at Studio in a School and the assistant to the director of the Harvard University Art Museums. She has an M.A. in international studies from The Graduate Center of the City University of New York and a B.A. in art history from Vassar College.

Focus Areas: Communications Strategy, Website, News, @DukeFacultyAdv
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Maria Wisdom.

Maria LaMonaca Wisdom

Director of Faculty Mentoring and Coaching Programs

As an associate certified coach with the International Coaching Federation (ICF), Maria Wisdom is committed to helping Duke faculty flourish as researchers, educators, mentors and leaders. She offers semester-long group coaching programs for both early and midcareer faculty, from all disciplines and all schools at Duke. She also provides 1:1 coaching to faculty at critical transition points of their careers, and is happy to talk with faculty on any topic related to their professional trajectories. In addition, Dr. Wisdom leads workshops on mentoring for all faculty who would like to enhance or improve their mentorship of junior researchers, scholars and/or colleagues. Dr. Wisdom’s reflections on mentorship, coaching and faculty life show up occasionally in The Chronicle of Higher Education.

Dr. Wisdom holds a Ph.D. in English literature (Victorian studies) from Indiana University, and was an assistant/associate professor of English at Columbia College in South Carolina for over a decade. She is the author of “Masked Atheism: Catholicism and the Secular Victorian Home” and a recipient of two research grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities. Her articles on women writers and religion have appeared in Studies in the Novel, Nineteenth-Century Literature and other peer-reviewed journals. In 2012, she pivoted to full-time administrative work, stepping into the position of executive director at the Institute for Arts and Humanities at the University of North Carolina–Chapel Hill. In that role, she oversaw a suite of scholarly and leadership resources for faculty development, and helped create customized programming for both early and midcareer faculty in the College of Arts & Sciences.  

Focus Areas: Faculty Coaching, Mentoring
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Jennifer A. Goins

Jennifer A. Goins

Senior Program Coordinator

Jennifer Goins is the senior program coordinator in the Office for Faculty Advancement. She provides leadership for programs and the planning, coordination and execution of special projects and events. Additionally, Jennifer is the coordinator of the Provost Forum, a campus-wide event organized by the Office of the Provost. She values building community and relationships within the work environment. 

Prior to joining the Office for Faculty Advancement, Jennifer was the director of graduate studies assistant and administrative assistant to the chair in the Department of Immunology in the Duke School of Medicine. During her 14 years she wore many hats; however, her main responsibilities included management of the doctoral program, administrative support in appointment, promotion and tenure activities, and leadership in diversity and inclusion. Her notable Duke achievement is the 2016 Blue Ribbon Diversity Award for university and health system employees, conferred for her blog chronicling her experience entering the race conversation.

Jennifer is a graduate of Elon University, having earned a B.A. in sociology and minor in business administration. Outside of work, Jennifer enjoys spending time with her three daughters doing arts and crafts, playing in the woods and traveling as a family. Her favorite parts of the day are sunrises and sunsets while walking her 55-pound Goldendoodle.

Focus Areas: National Center for Faculty Development & Diversity (NCFDD), Faculty Success Program (FSP), OVPFA Seed Grants, Equitable Hiring Practices Workshops, Teaching for Equity Fellows, Sullivan Award
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Maggie Elliott.

Maggie Elliott

Program Coordinator

Maggie Elliott is a program coordinator in the Office for Faculty Advancement. She assists in the direct planning, coordination, budgeting and execution of a variety of programmatic activities and communications. Additionally, she acts as a liaison with internal and external constituents across the institution to further faculty and leadership development activities. She is passionate about how the values of diversity, equity and inclusion interact with social structures in both the workplace and overall community.

Prior to joining the Office for Faculty Advancement, Maggie worked for the Office of Research aiding in the development and implementation of office communication, support for program activities, tracking of event and office expenses, maintenance of program budgets and administrative assistance to leadership.

She received her B.A. in 2009 for history and political science at Winthrop University in Rock Hill, South Carolina. Maggie’s hobbies include cooking, watching anime and going on adventures with her husband Edward and dogs Scout and Mister.

Focus Areas: Newsletter, Website, Faculty Advancement and Success (FAS) Workshop Series, Leading an Academic Unit at Duke (LAUD) Workshop Series, New Faculty Orientation, Newly Tenured Faculty Celebration and Leadership Retreat
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Jan Carico

Jan Carico

Administrative Assistant

Jan Carico is the administrative assistant for the Office for Faculty Advancement. She serves as the point person for the office’s day-to-day operations, coordinates travel, tracks expenses and manages calendars for Vice Provost Abbas Benmamoun, Associate Vice Provost Sherilynn Black and Assistant Vice Provost Carolyn Mackman.

Prior to joining the Office for Faculty Advancement, Jan worked in the Center for Child & Family Policy, the Center for Genomic and Computational Biology and the Department of Immunology, where her skills enabled her to contribute to a variety of projects, including event coordination, student recruitment and a seminar series, all the while providing administrative support to a tenured professor running a full research lab.

Jan earned her B.S. in business administration and accounting with honors from Roosevelt University. In her free time, she is most known for being an avid treasure hunter. Jan thrives on upcycling discarded and broken furniture by transforming them into new heirloom pieces. She also has a love for abandoned animals and currently shares her home with her dogs, Loki and Gilly, and three cats, Poppy, Lexi and Mr. K.

Focus Areas: Administrative Assistance to Leadership, Office Hours, Advisory Committees
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