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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).

 
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 pre-tenure and mid-career faculty, professional development for non-tenure 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 Debois Cook Society award and the Deans Award for Inclusive Excellence in Graduate Education. Dr. Black earned her BS in Psychology and Biology with highest honors at UNC-Chapel Hill as a Morehead-Cain Scholar. She earned her PhD in Neurobiology at Duke University and completed additional studies in the School of Education at UNC-Chapel Hill.

 
Claudia K. Gunsch

Claudia K. Gunsch

Associate Vice Provost for Faculty Advancement

Claudia Gunsch, the Associate Vice Provost for Faculty Advancement, provides leadership in the area of faculty advancement, including providing support for faculty and academic units as they work to develop policies, programs, and practices in response to the recent campus climate survey. She plays a key role in developing strategies to strengthen Duke’s efforts to ensure an inclusive and respectful environment where faculty, students, and staff can thrive and excel.

Dr. Gunsch is the Theodore S. Kennedy Associate Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering and holds secondary appointments in the Nicholas School of the Environment and the Department of Biomedical Engineering. She has been recognized for her research, teaching and service activities with a number of awards, including the 2009 National Science Foundation Faculty Early Career Development Award, 2013 Langford Lectureship Award, 2016 Capers and Marion McDonald Award for Excellence in Mentoring and Advising, and the 2016 American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Walter L. Huber Civil Engineering Research Prize. In addition, she was named a Bass Fellow in 2016. Dr. Gunsch earned her B.S. from Purdue University, her M.S. from Clemson University, and her Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Austin.

 
Carolyn H. Mackman

Carolyn H. Mackman

Assistant Vice Provost for Faculty Advancement

From 2017 – 2020, Carolyn was the Director of the Dual Career Assistance Program and Manager of Strategic Projects in the Duke University Office of the Provost.  In addition to dual-career hiring, Carolyn managed a diverse portfolio of projects stemming from the Together Duke strategic plan, including the Machine Learning School, the Duke Doctoral Academy, and seed funding programs: GSETG, DSIGN, FTREG, ICPG, and Collaboratory grants. Carolyn also staffed the Re-imaging Doctoral Education Committee.

Previous to this role, from 2010 to May 2017, Carolyn served as the Dean’s Chief of Staff at the Duke University School of Medicine, where she managed programs and projects initiated by Dean Nancy C. Andrews and her senior leadership team. Her responsibilities included overseeing the Dean’s administrative staff, planning senior leadership meetings, staffing executive committees, implementing new initiatives, and managing ongoing programs. 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. Carolyn’s career has involved working in biotechnology companies as a researcher and in a private research institute in the Office of Institutional Animal Care and Use. Prior to joining Duke, she served in the Office of Human Research Ethics at the University of North Carolina.

 
Jennifer A. Goins

Jennifer A. Goins

Senior Program Coordinator

Jennifer Goins is the senior program coordinator who provides leadership for the planning, coordination, and execution of special projects and events in the Office of the Vice Provost for Faculty Advancement (OVPFA) which focuses on faculty development and improving workplace climate within academic units.  Jennifer is also the coordinator of the Provost Forum which is a campus-wide event organized by the Office of the Provost.  

Jennifer is a graduate of Elon University having earned a Bachelor of Arts in sociology and a minor in business administration. After several years in the financial and software industries Jennifer took her first position at Duke in 2003 in Endowment Administration where she enjoyed serving university development officers, the Office of Alumni Relations and Gift Records. In 2005 she moved to the Department of Immunology excited to work with international staff and students.  Her multifaceted role as director of graduate studies assistant (DGSA), director of undergraduate assistant (DUSA), diversity and inclusion leader, and executive assistant to the chair gave her a unique opportunity to experience all aspects of the department.  Her “many hats” included faculty appointment, promotion and tenure; faculty and student recruitment; graduate program coordination; event coordination; training grant administration; communications; and giving and alumni relations.  Jennifer's most 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. 

In her free time, Jennifer enjoys spending time with her three daughters doing arts and crafts, cooking and baking, 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.   

 
Maggie Elliott

Maggie Elliott

Program Coordinator

Maggie Elliott, the program coordinator for the Office of the Vice Provost for Faculty Advancement, assists in the direct planning, coordination, and execution of a variety of programmatic activities. Additionally, she acts as a liaison with internal and external constituents across the institution to further faculty and leadership development activities.

Prior to joining OVPFA, Maggie worked for the Office of the Vice President for Research providing assistance in the development and implementation of office communication, support for program activities, tracking of event and office expenses, maintenance of program budgets, and administrative support to Marnie Rhoads, Senior Advisor to the Vice President for Research, Sohini Sengupta, Director for Campus Research Development, and Christopher Freel, Associate Vice President for Research. She received her Bachelor of Arts in 2009 for History and Political Science at Winthrop University in Rock Hill, South Carolina. Maggie’s hobbies include cooking, reading, and going on adventures with her husband and two dogs.

 
Jan Carico

Jan Carico

Administrative Assistant

Jan Carico, aka the “bomb.com”, is the administrative assistant for the Office of the Vice Provost for Faculty Advancement. She serves as the point person for the office’s day-to-day operations, manages time and calendars for Drs. Benmamoun, Black, and Gunsch, coordinates travel and tracks associated expenses.

Jan earned her Bachelor of Science in business administration and accounting with honors from Roosevelt University. After over 20 years in multi-national corporations, first as an accountant then an executive assistant, Jan came to Duke in 2013 to begin her higher academics career in the Center for Child & Family Policy to provide support for senior leadership. From there, she joined a start-up team supporting the newly created Center for Genomic and Computational Biology whereby she created processes to efficiently manage daily functions and reinforce the center’s mission to catalyze interdisciplinary research across campus. She later transferred to the Department of Immunology where her adaptability 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.

In her free time, Jan is most notably known for being an avid treasure hunter. She 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 dog, Loki, and three cats, Poppy, Lexi, and Mr. K.