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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 BA from the Mohammed V University in Rabat, Morocco, master’s degree from University College London, and PhD 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 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 BS from Purdue University, her MS from Clemson University, and her PhD from the University of Texas at Austin.

 
Carolyn H. Mackman

Carolyn H. Mackman

Assistant Vice Provost for Faculty Advancement

Carolyn Mackman is the Assistant Vice Provost in the Office of the Vice Provost 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 alumnus of the Duke Leadership Academy, and remains the Director of the Dual Career Assistance Program.

Prior to joining OVPFA, 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 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.

Carolyn earned a BS in Molecular Biology from the University of Edinburgh, and an MPhil 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.

 
Sarah Dwyer.

Sarah Dwyer

Director of Communications

Sarah leads a collaborative approach to communications for Faculty Advancement as well as Interdisciplinary Studies and its Bass Connections program, in support of strategic priorities in the Provost’s Office. Previously, Sarah worked at global health nonprofit IntraHealth International, where she managed communications for the organization’s largest project.

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, Director of Development at Studio in a School and Assistant to the Director of the Harvard University Art Museums. She has an MA in International Studies from The Graduate Center of the City University of New York and a BA in Art History from Vassar College.

Focus Areas: OVPFA Website, OVPFA News, @DukeFacultyAdv

 
Jennifer A. Goins

Jennifer A. Goins

Senior Program Coordinator

Jennifer Goins is the Senior Program Coordinator in the Office of the Vice Provost 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 OVPFA, 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 fourteen 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 BA 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, Inclusive Faculty Searches, Teaching for Equity Fellows, Sullivan Award

 
Maggie Elliott

Maggie Elliott

Program Coordinator

Maggie Elliott is a Program Coordinator in the Office of the Vice Provost 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 diversity, equity and inclusion interact with social structures in both the workplace and overall community.

Prior to joining OVPFA, Maggie worked for the Office of the Vice President for 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 Bachelor of Arts 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: OVPFA Newsletter, OVPFA 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

 
Jan Carico

Jan Carico

Administrative Assistant

Jan Carico 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, coordinates travel, tracks expenses and manages calendars for Vice Provost Benmamoun, Associate Vice Provosts Black and Gunsch and Assistant Vice Provost Mackman.

Prior to joining OVPFA, 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 BS 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 OVPFA Leadership, OVPFA Office Hours, Advisory Groups