Office of the Vice Provost for Interdisciplinary Studies
216 Allen Building | Box 90003
919-684-1964 | email@example.com
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
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Arriving at Duke in 1997, Edward Balleisen is Professor of History and Public Policy. He has written widely on the historical intersections among law, business and policy in the United States, as well as contemporary debates on regulatory governance. For the past decade, Ed has been a leading participant in the Tobin Project, a national organization that fosters the creation of multidisciplinary scholarly networks focused on pressing public policy challenges. The founder of Rethinking Regulation, a faculty-graduate student network sponsored by Duke’s Kenan Institute for Ethics, he has received university-wide recognition for excellence in both undergraduate teaching and graduate mentoring. In 2015, Ed became Duke University’s third Vice Provost for Interdisciplinary Studies. A graduate of Princeton and Yale, Ed is married to the historian Karin Shapiro, also a faculty member at Duke. They live in Durham and have two sons, Zachary and Aaron.
Sarah Dwyer, Director of Communications
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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.
Laura Howes, Director, Bass Connections and Rubenstein Fellows Academy
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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, Manager, Special Projects
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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 form 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.
Amber Martinez, Administrative Assistant
216 Allen Building
Amber is the Administrative Assistant for the Vice Provost for Interdisciplinary Studies and provides primary support to priority programs and initiatives such as Bass Connections. Amber is also a primary contact for interdisciplinary grants and awards given by the Vice Provost and Provost such as the Langford Lectures Series. Originally from Connecticut, she attended North Carolina Central University, where she majored in History and Middle Grades Education. Prior to arriving at Duke, Amber worked for Durham Public Schools for five years, most recently for the Office of Student Support Services where she helped to organize many committees including the Superintendent’s Student Code of Conduct Task Force. Much of Amber’s free time is spent being the mother of her son, Tyson, who is involved in basketball, football and lacrosse. She also enjoys spending time with her fiancé, Jason, and her Boston Terrier named Bonnie, reading and watching documentaries on any subject. She is fluent in Spanish.
Mindy Miller, Manager, Special Projects
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Mindy joined Duke University and the Provost’s Office in 2011 after four years at CUNY’s Queens College where she supported the Center for Teaching and Learning and Writing Across the Curriculum programs, both of which have a strong interdisciplinary focus. Her previous work was in the field of hospital administration at a comprehensive cancer center in New York. Mindy has a B.S. in Business Administration from Iowa State University and also has training in secondary education mathematics. Mindy’s daughter is a recent Wellesley College graduate now residing in Durham; Mindy lives in Carrboro with her spouse and favorite doubles tennis, kayaking and gardening partner.
Office of Interdisciplinary Program Management
2024 West Main Street | Erwin Mill | Box 104404
The Office of Interdisciplinary Program Management provides the essential 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. It provides oversight and guidance in all areas of business, finance, planning and human resources to interdisciplinary units to ensure the most effective and efficient management of their budgets, which total approximately $77M annually and include over 600 faculty, staff and students within those units.
Ada Gregory, Executive Director
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Ada leads the Office of Interdisciplinary Program Management, and is responsible for administrative oversight and support of the university-wide institutes, initiatives and centers. She reports to the Vice Provost for Interdisciplinary Studies and works closely with the respective staffs of the Executive Vice Provost for Finance and Administration and the School of Medicine’s Executive Vice Dean, Administration, as well as the institute directors, their lead administrators and university administration. Ada has over 20 years of experience in administration, operations management, program development and strategic planning. Prior to joining OIPM, Ada served as the Director of the Duke Women’s Center, the Assistant Director of Administration Finance and Planning for Duke’s Kenan Institute for Ethics and in administrative leadership positions in state government and nonprofit organizations. Ada has a B.A. and M.A. from Duke University.
Kathy Sparrow, Director of Human Resources
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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.