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Faculty Advisors & Mentors

Faculty and administrators offer mentoring, academic advice and support to Rubenstein Scholars. To learn more about them, click on the photos below.

Assistant Professor of the Practice in Education
Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science
Mrs. A. Hehmeyer Professor of Cultural Anthropology
Lecturer of Mathematics
Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education
Trinity Dean of Academic Affairs and Instructor in Psychology and Neuroscience
Assistant Professor of Biochemistry
Assistant Professor of the Practice in the Department of Biomedical Engineering
Assistant Professor of Public Policy and Political Science
Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science
Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Assistant Professor of Neurology
Associate Professor of the Practice in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Assistant Professor of Chemistry
Paul Ruffin Scarborough Associate Professor of Engineering
Assistant Professor of Psychology & Neuroscience
Associate Vice Provost for Academic Affairs and Adjunct Instructor of Education
Professor of Religious Studies
Associate Professor of the Practice of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Associate Professor of the Practice in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Assistant Professor of Molecular Genetics and Microbiology
Mary Milus Yoh and Harold L. Yoh, Jr. Associate Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering
Co-Director of the Duke Human Rights Center, Lecturer in Cultural Anthropology
Garonzik Family Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience
Assoicate Dean, Undergraduate Education
Academic Dean - Trinity
Lecturer of Psychology and Neuroscience and Trinity Academic Dean
Professor of the Practice in Civil And Environmental Engineering
Professor of Biology, Bass Fellow
Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science
Associate Dean and Research Professor in Psychology and Neuroscience
Thomas Lord Professor of Engineering in the Edmund T. Pratt, Jr. School of Engineering
Professor of the Practice of Computer Science
Professor of the Practice of Civil and Environmental Engineering
Assistant Professor of the Practice of Mathematics
Visiting Instructor in Cultural Anthropology and Director of Academic Engagement
Co-Director of the Kenan Institute for Ethics, Associate Research Professor in Sociology
Associate Professor of the Practice, Biology
Professor of Computer Science
Associate Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Adjunct Associate Professor of Education
Assistant Professor in Medicine
Associate Professor of the Practice of Psychology and Neuroscience
Portrait of Amy Anderson

Amy Anderson

Assistant Professor of the Practice in Education
Education: 

Ph.D., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2006
M.Ed., University of Vermont, 1994
B.A., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1986

Why I volunteer to mentor students: 

As a first-generation undergraduate and graduate student, I stumbled often over things I didn't know,  things others (seemingly) took for granted. My goals as a faculty mentor to first-generation students are to make sure Rubenstein Scholars know they belong at Duke, that I'm one of many...

Mailing Address: 

1364 Campus Drive
213 West Duke Building, Box 90739
Durham, NC 27708

Phone Number: 
(919) 613-5285
Email: 
amy.anderson@duke.edu

Gaurav Arya

Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science
Education: 
  • New York University, 2007
  • Princeton University, 2005
  • Ph.D. University of Notre Dame, 2003
  • B.Tech. Indian Institute of Technology (India), 1998
Mailing Address: 

144 Hudson Hall, Box 90300, Duke University, Durham, NC 27708

Phone Number: 
(919) 660-5435
Email: 
gaurav.arya@duke.edu
Portrait of Lee Baker

Lee Baker

Mrs. A. Hehmeyer Professor of Cultural Anthropology
Education: 

Ph.D., Temple University, 1994
B.A., Portland State University, 1989

Why I volunteer to mentor students: 

This generation of young adults is the first since the signing of the Declaration of Independence that, on average, will not do better than their parents.  Many opportunities for class mobility in the United States have been eroded, yet higher education is one of the last great opportunity...

Mailing Address: 

114 Allen Building, Box 90042
Durham, NC 27708

Phone Number: 
(919) 684-3465
Email: 
ldbaker@duke.edu

Rann Bar-On

Lecturer of Mathematics
Education: 

Ph.D - Mathematics., Duke University 2009

M.A., Duke University 2005

Why I volunteer to mentor students: 

I have advised numerous students through their pre-major career at Duke, and am especially interested in first generation, disadvantaged minority, and working class students who face numerous barriers in higher education. I won Duke's Excellence in Advising Award in 2017/8.

Mailing Address: 

013 Physics, Durham, NC 27708

Phone Number: 
(919) 660-2872
Email: 
rann.baron@duke.edu
Gary Bennett

Gary Bennett

Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education
Education: 

Morehouse College, B.A. Psychology
Duke University, M.A./Ph.D Clinical Health Psychology

Mailing Address: 

Box 90024
Duke University
Durham, NC 27708

Phone Number: 
(919) 668-3420
Email: 
gary.bennett@duke.edu
Portrait of John Blackshear

John Blackshear

Trinity Dean of Academic Affairs and Instructor in Psychology and Neuroscience
Education: 

Ph.D., Georgia State University, 2001
M.S., Florida A&M University, 1995
B.S., Florida A&M University, 1993

Mailing Address: 

013 Allen Bldg.
Box 90046
Durham, NC 27708

Phone Number: 
(919) 684 - 4510
Email: 
john.blackshear@duke.edu
Michael Boyce

Michael Boyce

Assistant Professor of Biochemistry
Education: 

Ph.D., Harvard Medical School, 2005

B.A., Harvard College, 1999

Why I volunteer to mentor students: 

I’m committed to expanding access to education and resources for students in historically under-represented groups, including first-generation college students. The Rubenstein Scholars program is a fantastic asset to Duke, and I’m proud to be a part of it.

 

 

Phone Number: 
919-684-9906
Email: 
michael.boyce@duke.edu

Elizabeth K Bucholz

Assistant Professor of the Practice in the Department of Biomedical Engineering
Education: 

Ph.D. Duke University, 2008

Mailing Address: 

1427 Fciemas, Durham, NC 27708

Phone Number: 
(919) 684-2182
Email: 
elizabeth.bucholz@duke.edu
Portrait of Nick Carnes

Nick Carnes

Assistant Professor of Public Policy and Political Science
Education: 

Ph.D., Princeton University, 2011
M.A., Princeton University, 2008
B.A., University of Tulsa, 2006

Mailing Address: 

227 Sanford Hall, Box 90245
Durham, NC 27708

Phone Number: 
(919) 613-7330
Email: 
nicholas.carnes@duke.edu

F. Hadley Cocks

Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science
Education: 

D.Sc. Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1965

M.S. Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1964

B.S. Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1963

Mailing Address: 

307 Hudson Hall, Durham, NC 27708

Phone Number: 
(919) 660-5301
Email: 
F.H.Cocks@duke.edu

Leslie M. Collins

Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Education: 

Ph.D. University of Michigan at Ann Arbor, 1995

M.Sc.Eng. University of Michigan at Ann Arbor, 1986

B.S.E. University of Kentucky at Lexington, 1985

Mailing Address: 

3461 CIEMAS, Durham, NC 27708

Phone Number: 
(919) 660-5260
Email: 
lcollins@ee.duke.edu

Constanza Cortes

Assistant Professor of Neurology
Education: 

Ph.D. University of Chicago, 2010

B.Sc. Pontifical Catholic University of Chile, 2005

 

Phone Number: 
(919)-660-8833
Email: 
constanza.cortes@duke.edu

Shaudra Daily

Associate Professor of the Practice in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Education: 

Ph.D. Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2010

Mailing Address: 

101 Science Dr, Fciemas 3577, Durham, NC 27705

Phone Number: 
(202) 922-7339
Email: 
shani.b@duke.edu

Emily Rose Derbyshire

Assistant Professor of Chemistry
Education: 

Nih Postdoctoral Fellow, Biological Chemistry & Molecular Pharmacology

Harvard Medical School 2009 - 2014

Ph.D., University of California at Berkeley 2008

B.S., Trinity College 2002

Mailing Address: 
3218 French Science Center, Durham, NC 27708
Phone Number: 
(919) 660-1511
Email: 
emily.derbyshire@duke.edu

Sina Farsiu

Paul Ruffin Scarborough Associate Professor of Engineering
Education: 
  • University of California at Los Angeles, 2007
  • University of California at Los Angeles, 2005
Mailing Address: 

CIEMAS 2575, Durham, NC 27708

Phone Number: 
(919) 684-6642
Email: 
sina.farsiu@duke.edu
Photo of Sarah Gaither, Duke assist. prof. of psychology & neuroscience

Sarah Gaither

Assistant Professor of Psychology & Neuroscience
Education: 
  • Ph.D., Tufts University 2014
  • M.S., Tufts University 2009
  • B.A., University of California at Berkeley 2007
Why I volunteer to mentor students: 

A big reason I decided to become a professor was to mentor and work with students. I wouldn’t have a job at an amazing university like Duke if it were not for the students here, so I am thankful for them every day. Not only do I get to help students find the support they need and their...

Mailing Address: 

417 Chapel Hill Dr, Box 90086, Durham, NC 27708

Phone Number: 
(919) 660-5721
Email: 
sarah.gaither@duke.edu
Molly Goldwasser

Molly Goldwasser

Associate Vice Provost for Academic Affairs and Adjunct Instructor of Education
Why I volunteer to mentor students: 

I mentor students because I benefited from tremendous mentors. I would not be where I am today without faculty and others who went out of their way to support my own personal and professional growth; the least I can do is pay this forward.

Mailing Address: 

127 Allen Building, Box 90004, Durham, NC 27708

Phone Number: 
(919) 684-0731
Email: 
molly.goldwasser@duke.edu

Mark Goodacre

Professor of Religious Studies
Education: 

D.Phil., Exeter College, University of Oxford, 1994
M. Phil., Exeter College, University of Oxford, 1990

Why I volunteer to mentor students: 

I have worked with first generation students in the past and wanted to develop my experience further with these students; I greatly enjoy working with them.

Mailing Address: 

Gray Building, Box 90964
Durham, NC 27708

Phone Number: 
(919) 660-3503
Email: 
goodacre@duke.edu

Michael Gustafson

Associate Professor of the Practice of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Education: 

Ph.D. Duke University, 1999

Mailing Address: 

110 Science Drive, Teer Building Box 90271, Durham, NC 27708

Phone Number: 
(919) 660-5354
Email: 
mrg@duke.edu

Andrew Hilton

Associate Professor of the Practice in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Education: 

Ph.D. University of Pennsylvania, 2010

Mailing Address: 

PO Box 90291, Hudson 211, Durham, NC 27708

Phone Number: 
(660) 517-7
Email: 
adhilton@ee.duke.edu

Stacy M. Horner

Assistant Professor of Molecular Genetics and Microbiology
Education: 

PhD, Yale University, 2007

BA, Gustavus Adolphus College, 2001

Phone Number: 
919-684-1921
Email: 
stacy.horner@duke.edu

Heileen Hsu-Kim

Mary Milus Yoh and Harold L. Yoh, Jr. Associate Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering
Education: 

Ph.D. University of California at Berkeley, 2004

M.S. University of California at Berkeley, 1999

B.S. Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1998

Mailing Address: 

127A Hudson Hall, Durham, NC 27708

Phone Number: 
(919) 660-5109
Email: 
hsukim@duke.edu

Robin Kirk

Co-Director of the Duke Human Rights Center, Lecturer in Cultural Anthropology
Education: 

M.F.A., Vermont College, 2014
B.A., University of Chicago, 1982

Why I volunteer to mentor students: 

I was a first generation student and would have really benefited from having an advisor who understood those challenges.

Mailing Address: 

114 S. Buchanan Blvd.
Smith Warehouse B183, Box 90403
Durham, NC 27708

Phone Number: 
(919) 641-0635
Email: 
rights@duke.edu

Mark Leary

Garonzik Family Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience
Education: 

Ph.D., University of Florida, 1980
M.A., University of Florida, 1978
B.A., West Virginia Wesleyan College, 1976

Mailing Address: 

306 Soc/Psych, Box 90085
Durham, NC 27708

Phone Number: 
(919) 660-5750
Email: 
leary@duke.edu

Janie Long

Assoicate Dean, Undergraduate Education
Mailing Address: 

116 Allen Building, Durham, NC 27708

Box 90024, 116 Allen Building, Durham, NC 27708

Phone Number: 
919 668 3420
Email: 
janie.long@duke.edu
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Rachael Murphey-Brown

Academic Dean - Trinity
Education: 

Phd, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2006; BA, Portland State University 1993

Why I volunteer to mentor students: 

I volunteered to be a faculty mentor for Rubenstein Fellows because I enjoy advising students about how to make the most of their Duke education and I enjoy working with students from diverse backgrounds.

Phone Number: 
919-684-2130
Email: 
rachael.murphey-brown@duke.edu

Karen Murphy

Lecturer of Psychology and Neuroscience and Trinity Academic Dean
Education: 
Mailing Address: 

011H Allen Building, 421 Chapel Drive, Durham, NC 27708

Duke Box 90051, 421 Chapel Drive, Durham, NC 27708

Phone Number: 
(919) 660-5785
Email: 
karen.murphy@duke.edu

Joseph C. Nadeau

Professor of the Practice in Civil And Environmental Engineering
Education: 

Ph.D. University of California at Berkeley, 1996

M.Sc. Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1991

B.S.C.E. Lehigh University, 1989

Mailing Address: 

173 Hudson Hall Annex, Dept of Civil Engineering, Durham, NC 27708-0287

Phone Number: 
(919) 660-5216
Email: 
nadeau@duke.edu
Portrait of Steve Nowicki

Steve Nowicki

Professor of Biology, Bass Fellow
Education: 

Ph.D., Cornell University, 1984
M.S., Tufts University, 1978
B.S., Tufts University, 1976

Why I volunteer to mentor students: 

Mentoring students is one of the great privileges and joys of being a teacher; mentoring first-generation college students is an even greater privilege and joy.

Mailing Address: 

116 Allen Building, Box 90024
Durham, NC 27708

Phone Number: 
(919) 668-3420
Email: 
snowicki@duke.edu

Christine Payne

Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science
Education: 

Ph.D. University of California at Berkeley, 2003

Mailing Address: 

701 W. Main St., Office 4306, Chesterfield Building, Durham, NC 27701

Phone Number: 
(919) 681-2096
Email: 
christine.payne@duke.edu
Portrait of David Rabiner

David Rabiner

Associate Dean and Research Professor in Psychology and Neuroscience
Education: 

Ph.D., Duke University, 1987
B.A., Brown University, 1980

Mailing Address: 

Academic Advising Center, Box 90697
Durham, NC 27708

Phone Number: 
(919) 668-3420
Email: 
drabiner@duke.edu

Olaf Von Ramm

Thomas Lord Professor of Engineering in the Edmund T. Pratt, Jr. School of Engineering
Education: 
  • Ph.D. Duke University, 1973
  • M.S. University of Toronto (Canada), 1970
  • B.S. University of Toronto (Canada), 1968
Mailing Address: 

2589 Fciemas, 101 Science Drive, Durham, NC 27708

Phone Number: 
(919) 660-5137
Email: 
olaf.vonramm@duke.edu
Susan H. Rodger

Susan H. Rodger

Professor of the Practice of Computer Science
Education: 

Ph.D., Purdue University 1989

Mailing Address: 

Box 90129, Durham, NC 27708-0129

D237 Lev Sci Res Ctr, Durham, NC 27708

Phone Number: 
(919) 660-6595
Email: 
rodger@cs.duke.edu

David Schaad

Professor of the Practice of Civil and Environmental Engineering
Education: 

Ph.D. Duke University, 1998

M.S. University of Colorado at Boulder, 1991

B.A. Denison University, 1990

Mailing Address: 

126 Hudson Hall, Durham, NC 27708

Phone Number: 
(919) 660-5174
Email: 
david.schaad@duke.edu

Sarah Schott

Assistant Professor of the Practice of Mathematics
Education: 

Ph.D., Duke University 2012

Mailing Address: 

127 Physics Bldg, Durham, NC 27708

Box 90320, Durham, NC 27708-0320

Phone Number: 
(919) 660-2858
Email: 
schott@math.duke.edu

Heather Settle

Visiting Instructor in Cultural Anthropology and Director of Academic Engagement
Education: 

Ph.D., Duke University 2007

Mailing Address: 

108 Academic Advising Center, Box 90697, Durham, NC 27708

Box 90697, Durham, NC 27708

Phone Number: 
(919) 613-6689
Email: 
heather.settle@duke.edu

Suzanne Shanahan

Co-Director of the Kenan Institute for Ethics, Associate Research Professor in Sociology
Education: 

Ph.D., Stanford University, 1996
M.A., Stanford University, 1994
B.A., Johns Hopkins University, 1987

Mailing Address: 

102 West Duke Building
Box 90432
Durham, NC 27708

Phone Number: 
(919) 660-3033
Email: 
suzanne.shanahan@duke.edu
Portrait of Nina Sherwood

Nina Sherwood

Associate Professor of the Practice, Biology
Education: 

Ph.D., Duke University, 1998

B.S., UC San Diego, 1990

Why I volunteer to mentor students: 

Mentoring first generation students gives me the opportunity to contribute to the success of bright, dedicated kids for whom a Duke education will truly make a difference in their future. While not first generation myself, as the child of immigrants and graduate of a small-town, predominantly...

Phone Number: 
919-491-5308
Email: 
nina.sherwood@duke.edu

Daniel Sorin

Professor of Computer Science
Education: 
  • Ph.D. University of Wisconsin at Madison, 2002
  • M.S. University of Wisconsin at Madison, 1998
  • B.S. Duke University, 1996
Mailing Address: 

209C Hudson Hall, Durham, NC 27708

Phone Number: 
(919) 660-5439
Email: 
sorin@ee.duke.edu

Adrienne Stiff-Roberts

Associate Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Education: 

Ph.D. University of Michigan at Ann Arbor, 2004

M.Sc.Eng. University of Michigan at Ann Arbor, 2001

B.S.E.E. Georgia Institute of Technology, 1999

B.S. Spelman College, 1999

Mailing Address: 

3511 CIEMAS, Durham, NC 27708

Phone Number: 
(919) 660-5560
Email: 
adrienne.stiffroberts@duke.edu

Sabrina L Thomas

Adjunct Associate Professor of Education
Education: 

Ph.D., University of North Carolina at Greensboro 1994

Mailing Address: 

02 Allen Building, 421 Chapel Drive, Durham, NC 27708

Box 90052, Durham, NC 27708-0052

Phone Number: 
(919) 684-2075
Email: 
sabrina.thomas@duke.edu

James Patrick White

Assistant Professor in Medicine
Education: 
  • Postdoctoral Fellow, Harvard Medical School, 2011 - 2014
  • Ph.D., University of South Carolina at Columbia, 2010
  • M.S., Florida State University, 2005
Phone Number: 
919 660 6313
Email: 
james.white@duke.edu
Portrait of Makeba Wilbourn

Makeba Wilbourn

Associate Professor of the Practice of Psychology and Neuroscience
Education: 
  • Ph.D., Cornell University 2008

  • M.A., California State University at Fullerton 2001

  • B.A., California State University at Fullerton 1997

Mailing Address: 

Box 90086, 417 Chapel Drive, Durham, NC 27708

Phone Number: 
(919) 660-5795
Email: 
makeba.wilbourn@duke.edu