Office of the Vice Provost for Interdisciplinary Studies

216 Allen Building | Box 90003
919-684-1964 | interdisciplinary@duke.edu

The Office of the Vice Provost for Interdisciplinary Studies provides central organization and oversight for interdisciplinary units throughout Duke University. The Office helps to develop and implement policies and procedures that advance the often unique administrative, research, educational, and practice needs of interdisciplinary groups; provides leadership and central organization for Bass Connections; coordinates faculty hiring for the university-wide institutes, initiatives, and centers; and facilitates collaboration among faculty, Deans, and Directors. It also provides administrative and fiscal oversight for interdisciplinary units’ space, budget, and personnel, coordinated through the Office of Interdisciplinary Program Management.

 Edward Balleisen, Vice Provost for Interdisciplinary Studies

Edward Balleisen919-684-1964
eballeis@duke.edu
216 Allen Building

Edward Balleisen has served as Duke’s Vice Provost for Interdisciplinary Studies since 2015. In this capacity, Balleisen works with university-wide institutes and initiatives and each of Duke’s ten schools to foster collaborative, interdisciplinary research, teaching, and engagement. He also oversees Bass Connections, an innovative program that each year catalyzes dozens of interdisciplinary, problem-centered research teams involving faculty, graduate students, and undergraduates. A national leader in conversations about the need to reconfigure doctoral training to foster intellectual versatility and career diversity, Balleisen is the lead co-PI on Duke’s Versatile Humanists project, funded by a Next Generation Implementation grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

As a Professor of History and Public Policy, Balleisen’s research and writing explores the historical intersections among law, business, politics, and policy in the modern United States, with a growing focus on the origins, evolution, and impacts of the modern regulatory state. He has pursued a number of collaborative projects with historians and other social scientists who study regulatory governance in industrialized and industrializing societies.

Balleisen’s most recent book is Fraud: An American History from Barnum to Madoff (Princeton University Press, 2017), which received the Business History Conference’s 2018 Ralph Gomory Prize. In this wide-ranging history, he emphasizes the enduring connections between capitalist innovation and business fraud, as well as the vexed efforts by private organizations and state agencies to curb the worst economic deceptions. Along with Duke colleagues and collaborators Jonathan Wiener, Lori Bennear, and Kim Krawiec, Balleisen has also recently completed Policy Shock: Recalibrating Risk and Regulation after Oil Spills, Nuclear Accidents, and Financial Crises (Cambridge University Press, 2017)—an interdisciplinary volume that examines when and how industrialized democracies reconfigure regulatory institutions in the aftermath of major crises.

Balleisen has received grants from the Mellon, Teagle, and Smith Richardson Foundations, as well as the National Endowment for the Humanities and the American Council of Learned Societies. In 2018, he received the Business History Conference’s Harold Williamson Award, which recognizes excellence by a mid-career scholar. In 2019-20, he will serve as the BHC President.

 

Sarah Dwyer, Director of Communications

Sarah Dwyer

919-684-5379
sarah.dwyer@duke.edu
Erwin Mill C104D

Sarah collaborates with faculty, academic leadership, students, and colleagues to document and share interdisciplinary education, research, and engagement at Duke, including the Bass Connections program. Previously, Sarah worked at IntraHealth International, a global health nonprofit, where she managed communications for the organization’s largest project. Prior to moving to Durham from New York City in 2006, Sarah was the Acting Director of Development at The Graduate Center of the City University of New York. Sarah 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. She speaks French and is passionate about cheese.

 

 

Amy Feistel, Administrative Assistant

Amy Feistel919-684-1964
amy.feistel@duke.edu
216 Allen Building

Amy supports the Office of the Vice Provost for Interdisciplinary Studies. Her primary responsibilities include scheduling and administrative duties for strategic development and implementation of interdisciplinary education and research at Duke. Amy has a varied background in project management and curriculum development. Her passion for facilitating interdisciplinary collaboration is proven by stints with the Focus Program, the former Institute for Genome Sciences and Policy, and the John Hope Franklin Center at Duke. Amy earned a B.A. in Literature from Missouri State University and an M.A. in East Asian Cultural Studies from Duke. She has worked with rural communities to develop motorsport tourism events and is a licensed stage rally navigator with competition experience in China and the U.S. In her free time, Amy can be found digging in the dirt or adventuring with her daughter.

 

Laura Howes, Director, Bass Connections and Rubenstein Fellows Academy

Laura Howes

919-684-9021
laura.howes@duke.edu
Erwin Mill C104C

Laura works collaboratively across the university to manage program design, implementation, and financing for Bass Connections and the Rubenstein Fellows Academy. Laura was previously the Director of Finance and Development at the James B. Hunt Institute for Educational Leadership and Policy and, prior to that, was a Senior Program Manager at the Partnership for Public Service, where she designed and managed leadership development and cultural change initiatives for federal agencies. Laura has a B.A. in public policy analysis and political science from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, and an M.B.A. from the Smith School of Business at the University of Maryland. She is certified and trained in Ken Blanchard’s Situational Leadership Model, the Strength Deployment Inventory, and the DISC assessment.

 

 

Carolyn Mackman, Director, Dual Career Assistance Program, and Manager, Special Projects

Carolyn Mackman919-668-7997
carolyn.mackman@duke.edu
Erwin Mill C104F

Carolyn’s areas of responsibility include dual-career hiring, staffing for senior leadership searches and reviews as well as development of new projects and programs. From 2010 to May 2017, she 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.

 

Mindy Miller, Manager, Special Projects

Mindy Miller919-668-1460
mindy.miller@duke.edu
224 Allen Building

Mindy’s areas of responsibility include organizing and staffing senior leadership searches, reviews, and institute external reviews, and coordination of faculty hiring and joint appointments in the university-wide institutes, initiatives, and centers. She joined Duke and the Provost’s Office in 2011 after four years at CUNY’s Queens College, where she supported the Center for Teaching & Learning and Writing Across the Curriculum programs. Mindy was previously an administrator at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York. She has a B.S. in Business Administration from Iowa State University and training in secondary education mathematics. Her daughter is a Wellesley College graduate now working in Duke’s Mouse Behavioral and Neuroendocrine Core Facility; Mindy lives in Carrboro with her spouse and favorite tennis, kayaking, and gardening partner.

 

Meghan O’Neil, Assistant Director, Bass Connections

Meghan O'Neil919-681-0703
meghan.o.neil@duke.edu
Erwin Mill C104E

Meghan provides broad administrative, communications, and strategic support for Bass Connections. An enthusiastic advocate of collaboration and mentorship across disciplines, she is a 2018 graduate of Duke’s doctoral program in English and has been deeply involved with Bass Connections since its inception. As a graduate student, Meghan held leadership roles on two Bass Connections research teams, served as co-chair of the program’s Student Advisory Council, and spent a year supporting Bass Connections as an administrative intern. She has extensive experience as an instructor, researcher, and project manager and has completed leadership training through Duke’s Emerging Leaders Institute. Before coming to Duke, Meghan worked as a paralegal specialist for the United States Department of Justice and earned degrees from The University of Chicago (M.A. in the Humanities) and Georgetown University (B.A. in American Studies).

Office of Interdisciplinary Program Management

2024 West Main Street | Erwin Mill | Box 104404

The Office of Interdisciplinary Program Management provides the operational support needed for Duke’s university-wide institutes, initiatives, and centers to incubate some of the university’s most exciting interdisciplinary research, engagement, and teaching activities. OIPM provides oversight and guidance in all areas of business, finance, planning, and human resources to interdisciplinary units, ensuring the most effective and efficient management of their budgets, which total approximately $77M annually.

Elaine Fulton, Executive Director

Elaine Fulton919-684-8872
elaine.fulton@duke.edu
Erwin Mill C106

Elaine provides oversight for finance, budget, space, grant administration, and fiscal policy interpretation in support of the university-wide institutes, initiatives, and centers. Prior to joining OIPM, Elaine held administrative positions within Duke and at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She graduated with a degree in Business Administration from Champlain College.

 

 

 

 

Misty Roland, Human Resources and Finance Coordinator

Misty Roland919-681-9732
misty.roland@duke.edu
Erwin Mill C102-3

Misty provides faculty appointment coordination, HR, and financial support to the university institutes, initiatives, and centers within the purview of OIPM. This position reports to the OIPM Executive Director and works closely with the OIPM Director of HR. Misty also manages the financial and reporting responsibilities for the Undergraduate Program Enhancement Fund. Prior to joining OIPM, Misty held positions with administrative and fiscal responsibilities at Duke, worked as a clinician in hospice, and served with other community health agencies focusing on mental health, social justice, and aging. Misty has a BSW from Mars Hill College.

 

 

 

Kathy Sparrow, Director of Human Resources

CYN_2338_Kathy2919-684-4135
kathy.sparrow@duke.edu
Erwin Mill C110

Kathy manages the human resources functions of OIPM to help ensure effective and efficient administrative staffing and processes in supporting interdisciplinary activities within, across, and beyond the university-wide institutes and initiatives. She provides expertise on HR policies and programs, serving as liaison between the institutes and initiatives and central HR or other administrative offices. She works closely with institutes and initiatives’ administrative personnel, management center staff, Duke Corporate HR, and other administrative offices to facilitate HR policies, programs, and activities. This includes recruitment, selection, and hiring of staff; job classification; salary administration; performance management; and career development. Previously, Kathy served for eight years as HR Departmental Manager for Duke Health Technology Solutions and 20 years in HR Rewards and Recognition, where she supervised the campus wage and salary administration function. Kathy is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and obtained status as a certified Senior Professional in Human Resources.

Wayne Williamson, Director of Administration

Wayne Williamson.919-684-2264
wayne.williamson@duke.edu
Erwin Mill C111

Wayne provides administrative management and coordination of finance, budget, space and facilities planning, grant administration, and fiscal policy interpretation and dissemination for the university-wide institutes, initiatives, and centers. Previously, Wayne has held administrative and financial positions within Duke and has worked in public accounting, nonprofit, and industry. He has a B.S. in Accounting from Guilford College.