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Nowicki to Step Down as Dean for Undergraduate Education In June

Biologist will return to department after serving as dean since 2007

Steve Nowicki, Dean and Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education, has announced that he will be stepping down June 30, 2018, from his current role to return full time to teaching and research in the Department of Biology. 

Provost Sally Kornbluth has formed a search committee to assist in the identification of a new vice provost for undergraduate education.  “Steve has been a fantastic colleague and dedicated leader who has been an advocate for creating programming and a campus environment to enhance the undergraduate experience,” Kornbluth said. “His decision to return to teaching and research provides an opportunity for Duke to build on the work he and his team have done and the collaborations they have formed.”

Chaired by Leo Ching, Associate Professor of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies, the search committee includes: Charlotte Clark, Nicholas School of the Environment; Riyanka Gangly, Duke Student Government; Lisa Keister, Department of Sociology; Lenhard Ng, Department of Mathematics; Kenneth Rogerson, Sanford School of Public Policy; Joshua Sosin, Department of Classical Studies; Adrienne Stiff-Roberts, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering; Christopher Timmins, Department of Economics; and Sue Wasiolek, Student Affairs. 

The committee has been charged with developing a diverse pool of candidates, conducting interviews, and submitting to the provost a list of three finalists from whom Kornbluth will make the final selection.  “I am grateful to the members of the search committee, under Leo Ching’s leadership, for their service to the university by taking on this important role,” she said.

The vice provost for undergraduate education reports to the provost and is responsible for leading, integrating and coordinating all aspects of the undergraduate student experience.  The vice provost will work closely with senior administrators responsible for undergraduate affairs in the Nicholas, Pratt, and Sanford Schools and Trinity College, with the vice president for student affairs and with the administrators responsible for the delivery of student services and will drive  programming and innovations to assure that they fully meet Duke’s objectives for undergraduate education. 

A complete position description is available at  Given the extensive involvement with a broad range of university constituencies, applications will be accepted only from internal candidates. 

Nominations of internal candidates and applications may be submitted to by Friday, Feb. 16, 2018.  Nominations should include a brief statement of why the individual is being nominated and the nominee’s qualifications for the position.  Applications should include a CV and brief letter of interest that should describe the applicant’s qualifications and experience.  All nominations and applications will be held in strict confidence.