Stephen Nowicki

Dean and Vice Provost, Undergraduate Education

Steve Nowicki, a Bass Fellow, is dean and vice provost for undergraduate education. He’s also a professor in the departments of biology, psychology and neuroscience in Trinity College, and in the neurobiology department in the School of Medicine. Nowicki holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Tufts University and a Ph.D. from Cornell University. He joined the Duke faculty in 1989 and served as dean of natural sciences for three years before being appointed dean and vice provost for undergraduate education in 2007.

Nowicki is the author of numerous technical articles on neurobiology and behavior, co-author of “The Evolution of Animal Communication” (2005, Princeton University Press), author of “The Science of Life,” a video lecture series (2004, The Teaching Company) and author of “Biology,” a high school textbook (2008, Holt-McDougal).

Nowicki was named a John Simon Guggenheim Fellow in 1999. He won Duke’s Robert B. Cox Distinguished Teaching Award in 1992 and was awarded the Anne T. and Robert M. Bass Professorship in 1999 in recognition of his distinction in both research and teaching.