Brian Valentyn Manager of Campus & Community Initiatives

As Manager of Campus & Community Initiatives, Brian Valentyn works with artists, faculty, and community partners to devise in-depth residencies and commissioned projects. He also oversees grant writing strategy for the office. Brian received his Ph.D. in 2012 from the Department of English at Duke, where he completed a dissertation on experimental art and ethics. As a student, he was the recipient of Andrew W. Mellon and James B. Duke fellowships and was selected as a Franklin Humanities Institute fellow in 2010-11. He went on to teach American literature at Auburn University, winning the English department’s Award for Teaching Excellence in 2016. A native of the Chicago area, Brian has had a lifelong interest in the arts and counts performing at Lincoln Center’s Essentially Ellington festival in 1998 as a transformative moment personally and professionally. Before coming to Duke in 2005, he served on the Hancher Auditorium Advisory committee as an undergraduate at the University of Iowa, where he studied English, philosophy, and creative writing.

Brian Valentyn