May 29, 2001
Duke gives inside, outside the academy
By Eric Rangus email@example.com
Marshall Duke has taught in the psychology department for 30 years. In that time hes written or co-written a half-dozen books, umpteen more articles and taught thousands of students.
Following a year in which he wrote his seventh book, led a search committee
charged with filling a high-level administration position and added to
his excellent track record of research and teaching, Duke earned the Thomas
Jefferson Award for 2001.
It was very humbling, Duke said about being told he was to
receive the Jefferson Award. I was touched and honored by it. [Winning
awards] is not something you think about.
But Duke is certainly no stranger to them. Twice he has received the
Williams Award for Distinguished Teaching (in 1984 and 1996). Only one
other professor has earned that award more than once.
The Jefferson Award has been given annually since 1962 to honor an Emory
faculty member or administrator for significant service to the University
community. Recipi-ents are noted for their service in teaching, research
and scholarship, nonacademic accomplishments with students, University
advancement and development, and community service.
Duke, Charles Howard Candler Professor of Personality and Psychopathy,
also is one of the core faculty of the Emory Center for Myth and Ritual
in American Life (MARIAL). Some of his most recent workon the effect
of storytelling among family members and whether it strengthens familial
bondshas been affiliated with the center.
Dukes research with families isnt limited to storytelling. Last year, he and his wife Sara co-edited a book entitled, What Works With Children: Wisdom and Reflections from People Who Have Devoted Their Lives to Working With Children, a collection of essays by 40 professionals, each of whom have worked with children for more than 25 years.
Duke also is blending interdisciplinary subjects with his study of psychology.
For instance, this spring he taught a seminar titled People in Paintings,
which blended the seemingly unrelated disciplines of psychology and art
history. Nonverbal communicationone of Dukes primary interestswas
written about extensively during the Italian Renaissance of the 15th century.
The artists of that time period, Duke said, incorporated those theories
into their work.
If the painter wanted to produce a certain feeling in a viewer,
they knew exactly what facial expression they should use, how the hand
should be held, Duke said. We do the same thing as human beings;
we produce effects on other people. Sometimes we know how we do it, sometimes
One of Dukes most notable accomplishments of the past year came
over and above his work in the classroom and the research lab. He chaired
the search committee for a new senior vice president for Campus Life,
a project that began in late spring of 2000 and culminated with the selection
of John Ford in October.
We, as faculty, a privileged to be part of a place like Emory,
Duke said. Emory provides me with a place to live and work, and
a place to grow intellectually. We shouldnt see service or involvement
in what are so-called extra activities as extra.
It should be a part of what we do.
The well-received results from how the search was conducted weighed on
Dukes mind when he was asked to meet with President Bill Chace and
Provost Rebecca Chopp a short time ago.
When I was called to the provosts office, I assumed that
I was going to be asked to chair another search, Duke said. When
they told me I wasnt, I was relieved.
And when they said I had gotten the Jefferson Award, the pleasurable feeling was magnified, he laughed.