The About section of the profile includes basic information such as: Name, Overview, Current Appointments & Affiliations, and Profile Picture.


Click the Name link in the navigation pane on the left side of Profile Manager to confirm and learn how to update the name on the profile.

  • For faculty members, the name displayed on the profile is pulled from the Professional Name fields in dFac (Duke’s faculty appointments system). Changes to the faculty professional name must be made in dFac by the department's dFac user. For more help, contact the Scholars@Duke Power User in your area.
  • For staff, the name on the profile is pulled from the Display Name field in the campus directory. Changes to staff names can be made in OIT Account Self-Service. From the Identity tab, click Manage Name and Pronoun Settings.
  • For students, the preferred first name and last name is pulled from DukeHub. Students can make changes to their preferred first name in DukeHub.


The overview section displayed at the top of a profile's At-A-Glance tab can contain a short biographical statement, a summary of current research interests, and any additional description of scholarly activities. Feel free to describe yourself in any way that seems relevant to your professional and academic work. Some faculty may choose to repurpose their Overview section as a speaker bio for conferences or other forums.

Overview Section

To edit an Overview:

  1. Click the Overview section in the left navigation pane.
  2. Type or edit the Overview text in the editor window. The icons in the icon bar let you format the text as bold, italics, or underline.
  3. Select Save to save your changes or Cancel to discard changes.

Current Appointments & Affiliations

  • For faculty members, the Current Appointments and Affiliations section displays active appointments and memberships pulled from dFac (Duke’s faculty appointments system). Appointment titles in dFac should reflect the title as stated on the faculty member’s appointment letters or contracts. To add or update appointments or memberships, contact your department’s local dFac user or ask the Scholars@Duke Power User in your area to coordinate with the dFac user in your unit.
  • For staff and students, position titles are pulled from the Duke Directory. Organization affiliations are created by your Power User. A profile can have multiple organization affiliations. To add an affiliation to a staff or student profile, click the Add button, select your organization from the drop down list, and click the green Save button.
Scholars profile with a great example of a profile picture

Profile Picture

A recent profile picture is one of the most important parts of your Scholars@Duke profile. Profile photos display prominently in Scholars@Duke as well as in several downstream Duke websites.

Photos should be updated every couple of years.

To add a photo:

  1. Navigate to the Profile Picture section using the link on the left.
  2. To add or change the picture, click the Add button.
  3. Click the Browse button to open a dialog box to let you navigate to and select an image file. The image file must be less than 4 MB. For help resizing an image larger than 4 MB, email
  4. If the photo size is larger than 500 pixels by 500 pixels, the Crop Image page appears. Drag the crop box to the desired location on the original photo. Click Save to keep your changes or Cancel to discard changes.
  5. To re-crop or delete the photo:
    • To remove the photo, click the Delete button. Then click the Photo plus (+) sign to add another photo.
    • To change the cropping on the existing image, click the Recrop button. Move the crop box to the desired area on the photo, and click Save Crop.

Note: Cropped images will display directly on your profile page, but full-size, un-cropped images are still available in data feeds or by clicking on the profile image.