Office of the Vice Provost for Interdisciplinary Studies
216 Allen Building | Box 90003
919-684-1964 | firstname.lastname@example.org
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 Associate 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 MA in international studies from The Graduate Center of the City University of New York and a BA in art history from Vassar College. She speaks French and is passionate about cheese.
Laura Howes, Associate Director, Strategy and Operations
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Laura is the Director of the Rubenstein Fellows Academy, a university-wide initiative to bring top thought leaders to Duke to share insight and spark discussion on current and future global challenges. She also works on Bass Connections and facilitates dual career hiring across the university. 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 BA in public policy analysis and political science from UNC Chapel Hill and an MBA 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.
Hallie Knuffman, Director, Administration and Program Development, Bass Connections
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Hallie is the administrative director of Bass Connections at Duke. She works closely with faculty and academic leadership in planning around Bass Connections and supporting faculty and student participants. Hallie previously served as Special Assistant to the Vice Provost for Interdisciplinary Studies, and Manager of Interdisciplinary Program Planning, Assessment and Communications since joining the Provost’s Office in 2007. Prior to joining Duke, Hallie coordinated the evening and weekend MBA programs at the Smith School of Business at the University of Maryland, and worked on international climate change policy at the nonprofit Environmental Defense Fund. Hallie has a BA in Linguistics and Russian from Boston University and an MPA from NC State University.
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 BS in Business Administration from Iowa State University and also has training in secondary education mathematics. Mindy’s daughter is a recent Wellesley College graduate here in Durham; Mindy lives in Carrboro with her spouse and favorite doubles tennis partner.
Amber Martinez, Administrative Assistant
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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 moved to North Carolina to attend 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 seven-year-old son who is involved in basketball, football and lacrosse. She also enjoys spending time with her boyfriend and her Boston Terrier named Bonnie, reading and watching documentaries on any subject. She is fluent in Spanish.
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 she 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 and 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 non-profit organizations. Ada has a BA and MA from Duke University.
Jonathan Reneau, Director of Finance
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Jonathan serves as OIPM’s Senior Financial Analyst. He reports to the Executive Director and assists in implementing the diverse financial responsibilities of the OIPM, providing financial advice, services, support and oversight of the highly diverse university-wide institutes and initiatives. Prior to joining the OIPM, Jonathan worked in various positions at multiple higher education institutions. He graduated with a business degree from Lipscomb University in Nashville, where he double majored in accounting and finance.
Kathy Sparrow, Director of Human Resources
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Kathy manages the human resources functions of the Office of Interdisciplinary Program Management 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 university-wide institutes and initiatives and central HR or other administrative offices as appropriate. She works closely with university-wide institutes and initiatives’ administrative personnel, management center staff, Duke Corporate HR and other administrative offices to facilitate HR policies, programs and activities as appropriate. This includes recruitment, selection and hiring of staff, job classification, salary administration, performance management and career development. Prior to joining OIPM, 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 for over 10 years. Kathy is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and obtained status as a certified Senior Professional in Human Resources.
2016-2017 Student Team
We round out our staff with some amazing Duke students.
Currently a graduate student in the Biomedical Engineering department, Anandita grew up in Dubai and recently graduated with a bachelor’s degree from the University at Buffalo, New York. She enjoys meeting new people, loves to travel and will never say no to chocolate.
A senior majoring in history and political science, Kate is originally from Omaha, Nebraska and is involved with Duke University Union’s Speakers & Stage, the Tour Guide program and American Grand Strategy. Outside of campus activities, she is attempting to learn how to code and skateboard, both of which are going as well as you might expect.
Sarah is a third-year public policy undergraduate from Charlotte, North Carolina. She spends a lot of time writing and asking questions, often simultaneously as a writer for the Duke Chronicle.
A senior majoring in evolutionary anthropology, Sam is originally from the suburbs of Chicago. She is passionate about intersectional feminism and youth empowerment, and her Myers-Briggs Personality Type is INFP.