Authorship Dispute Board

The Authorship Dispute Board will convene to hear matters of authorship dispute that cannot be resolved at the local level by the authors themselves or in consultation with the laboratory chief, chair or head of department(s), or dean, as appropriate. The Board will be composed of one chair and three additional faculty members jointly appointed by the Provost and the Dean of the School of Medicine and approved by the Executive Committee of the Academic Council, two ex officio members of the administration, the Vice President for Research & Innovation, and the Vice Dean for Basic Science, one graduate or professional student appointed by the Graduate and Professional Student Council, and one postdoctoral fellow appointed by the Duke University Postdoctoral Association. If appropriate, the Board may call upon the expertise of other members of the Duke University faculty. 

Term: Three Years


Term Ending August 31, 2021

Deborah Muoio, Chair, School of Medicine

Kyle Beardsley, Political Science (will not serve spring 2021)

Cagla Eroglu, Cell Biology

Duke University Postdoctoral Association representative to be named

Vijay Chaudhary, Graduate and Professional Student Council representative


Term Ending August 31, 2022

Patrick Charbonneau, Chemistry


Ex Officio

Colin Duckett, Vice Dean for Basic Sciences, School of Medicine

Jennifer Francis, Executive Vice Provost


Campus Conflict of Interest Committee

Appointed by the Provost and approved by the Executive Committee of the Academic Council, the Committee is chaired by the Vice President for Research & Innovation and is a standing committee of the University with voting representatives drawn from the campus schools (Arts & Sciences and Trinity College, Sanford School of Public Policy, Fuqua School of Business, Divinity School, School of Law, Nicholas School of the Environment, and Pratt School of Engineering). Members of Duke’s administration and legal counsel serve ex officio. The Committee is responsible for the review and management of reported or otherwise identified potential conflicts of interest regarding individuals with a primary appointment in one of the campus schools, centers, or institutions of Duke University. The Committee's primary function is to protect the integrity of Duke's research and education missions, as well as the integrity of the organization and the individual.

Term: Two to Three Years


Term Ending August 31, 2021

Stuart Benjamin, School of Law

Joseph Blocher, School of Law

Steven Churchill, Evolutionary Anthropology

Kathleen Donohue, Biology

Marc Jeuland, Sanford School of Public Policy

Gabriel Katul, Nicholas School of the Environment

Arti Rai, School of Law

Nimmi Ramanujam, Pratt School of Engineering


Term Ending August 31, 2022

Wayne Norman, Philosophy

Kevin Shang, Fuqua School of Business

Adam Wax, Pratt School of Engineering


Ex Officio

Scott Elengold, Office of University Counsel

Keith Hurka-Owen, Office of Research Support

Greg Samsa, Chair of School of Medicine COI Committee

Holly Williams, Campus Institutional Review Board


Research Policy Committee

Chaired by the Vice President for Research & Innovation, the Research Policy Committee is a standing committee of the University with representatives from the administration, Legal Counsel, and the schools of Arts & Sciences, Business, Engineering, Environment, Law, Public Policy, Nursing, and Medicine. It is responsible for writing Duke University's research policies, reviewing institutional research policies and procedures on a regular basis and proposing modifications, as necessary, and ensuring that the research community is educated in the standards for the conduct, reporting, and supervision of research.


Term Ending August 31, 2020

Bradi Granger, School of Nursing

Francis Keefe, Psychology & Neuroscience

Giuseppe Lopomo, Fuqua School of Business

Jonathan Mattingly, Mathematics

Kenneth Poss, Cell Biology


Dean Appointed Representatives

Stuart Benjamin, School of Law

Prasad Kasibhatla, Nicholas School of the Environment

Mohamed Noor, Dean of the Natural Sciences

Rachel Kranton, Dean of Social Sciences

Greg Samsa, School of Medicine

George Truskey, Pratt School of Engineering


Other Committee Members

Ann Bradley (Appointed by the University Counsel)

Phillip Buchanan (Appointed by the Senior Vice President for Alumni Affairs and Development)


Ex Officio

Tom Davis, Office of Sponsored Programs

Jennifer Francis, Executive Vice Provost

Keith Hurka-Owen, Office of Research Support

Paula McClain, Dean of the Graduate School and Vice Provost for Graduate Education

John Michnowicz, Office of Research Administration


Office of Licensing and Ventures (OLV) Board

The OLV Board consists of seven members. Five Board members shall be selected from the faculty and two from the administration. Three of the faculty members shall be selected by the Chancellor of Health Affairs (Chancellor), in consultation with the Dean of the School of Medicine; the Provost shall select two faculty from Campus Schools in consultation with the Deans of those Schools. One of the Campus representatives shall be a faculty member in the Pratt School of Engineering. The Chancellor shall select the School of Medicine administrative representative, and the Provost will select the Campus administrative representative. The Board will be co-Chaired by the Campus and School of Medicine administrative representatives. The director of OLV shall be a non-voting ex-officio member of the Board and the Board shall designate an ex-officio Secretary of the Board. A designated member of the Counsel’s Office shall also be a non-voting ex-officio member of the Board. The director of OLV shall report jointly to the Provost and Chancellor, or their designees, who would be the administrative members of the Board. The Board shall: (1) Receive and review the annual report of the director of the OLV and consult with the director of the OLV when requested; (2) Report to the President or designee on the implementation of this policy, and recommend such new or different policies or guidelines as may be more suitable for the achievement of its objectives; (3) Sit as a tribunal for the resolution of specific disputes involving the ownership of and equities involved in inventions, on appeal from decisions of the director of the OLV; (4) Receive requests for interpretations of this policy and, after deliberation, recommend to the President such interpretations as it considers appropriate; and (5) Receive, review and recommend to the Chancellor and Provost the OLV budget as annually submitted by the Director of OLV.

Term: Three Years


Scott Gibson, Executive Vice Dean for Administration, School of Medicine (Co-Chair and Chancellor administrative representative)


Ann Bradley, Office of the University Counsel

Jeffrey Glass, Pratt School of Engineering

Donald McDonnell, School of Medicine

Arti Rai, School of Law

Svati Shah, School of Medicine

Cynthia Toth, School of Medicine

Jennifer West, Pratt School of Engineering