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Maria LaMonaca Wisdom

Associate Director, Strategy & Operation
Graduate School
Office of the Vice Provost for Interdisciplinary Studies, Box 90003, Durham, NC 27708

Available to Mentor


  • Faculty
  • PhD
  • Professional

Advising & Mentoring



Through "PhD Transitions," a program I launched in 2019, I offer interdisciplinary group coaching to PhD students across Duke.  

Beginning in Fall 2021, I will launch a group coaching program for new faculty (years 1-2), in partnership with Duke Office of Faculty Advancement.

I regularly teach GS990, "Best Practices in Mentoring," a noncredit short course I created for Duke Graduate Academy. 

I direct the Arts & Sciences PhD Student Peer Mentor Fellows Program, in which advanced doctoral students learn best practices and support for running their own peer mentor groups. 

I am also available for 1:1 advising & mentoring meetings with Duke PhD students in the humanities and humanistic social sciences. In this role, I serve as an informed sounding-board and safe venue for students to discuss any aspect related to their current doctoral training or future professional trajectory.