Noah Pickus

Noah Pickus

Associate Provost

Duke University

Noah Pickus is associate provost and professor of the practice at Duke University, with responsibilities in academic strategy and innovation. He is also senior advisor for academic strategy and learning innovation at Duke Kunshan University, where he previously led curriculum design and faculty hiring as dean, and senior academic adviser for Minerva Project, where he previously served as chief academic officer. He co-authored Liberal Arts and Sciences in China: Six Recommendations to Shape the Future and his new book (with Bryan Penprase) Startup U: Inventing Universities in the 21st Century is due out in December from Princeton University Press. Startup U tells the inside story behind the launch and development of eight innovative new colleges and universities in Asia, India, the Middle East, and North America. It captures the dramatic quest by academic entrepreneurs to re-imagine education across the globe. Pickus has previously served as founding director of the Institute for Emerging Issues at NC State University, director of the Kenan Institute for Ethics at Duke, and co-director of the Arizona State University-Georgetown University Academy for Innovation in Higher Education Leadership Intensive Program. A faculty member at Duke for 25 years, he was formerly a faculty member at Middlebury College and an American Council on Education Fellow at Franklin & Marshall College. He received his PhD in politics from Princeton University.