Academic Affairs

Offices

The following offices and student support functions report up through the Office of Academic Affairs.

Academic Services & Systems

Valerie Konczal, director of Academic Services & Systems in Trinity College, supports Trinity's use of the Student Information Services & Systems (SISS) office programs. These includes ACES, the student self-service portal, and STORM, the faculty/staff self-service application for advising, class enrollment management, etc.

Contacts

Valerie Konczal
valerie.konczal@duke.edu
Phone: 919-684-5046

Philip Pope, Senior Business Systems Analyst
philip.pope@duke.edu
Phone: 919-684-3533

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Cardea Fellows

The Cardea Fellows Program (http://cardeafellows.duke.edu/) is for high achieving students who are committed to preparing for a profession in health care by mastering core knowledge in math and science.  

Overview

The Cardea Fellows Program addresses the need of some of our students who may not have had the opportunity to develop a foundation in science and math that will accelerate them toward their professional goals. The program is designed to enhance the competitive success of high performing students by forming a learning community to help establish a critical foundation in the natural sciences for each fellow.  

Contact

Alyssa K Perz
Assistant Dean, Trinity Academic Deans

Phone: 919-684-6217
Fax: 919-684-4515

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Curriculum & Course Development

The Associate Deans of Curriculum and Course Development (http://admin.trinity.duke.edu/curriculum) are responsible for monitoring and promoting the ongoing process of curriculum development in Arts and Sciences with regard to general education, education in the major, and interdisciplinary studies. The office guides the processes for requesting and approving new courses, revisions to existing courses, and curricular changes, including proposals for new majors, minors, and interdisciplinary certificate programs. The Associate Dean works closely with Directors of Undergraduate Studies on all matters pertaining to courses and curricula, and advises and serves ex officio on the two faculty standing committees of the Arts & Sciences Council responsible for reviewing and approving curricular and course proposals: the Committee on Curriculum and the Committee on Courses.

In addition, the Associate Deans work closely with the Office of Assessment to ensure that the goals of the curriculum are being met, and to suggest revisions and improvements as necessary. The office also guides the process by which undergraduate programs are periodically reviewed. Other office functions include the coordination of House Courses, and the approval process for students requesting modes of inquiry on transfer courses.

Contacts

Karen Murphy
Associate Dean of Curriculum and Course Development
Office: 011 Allen Bldg
Email: karen.murphy@duke.edu

Jesse Summers
Assistant Dean of Curriculum and Course Development
Office: 011 Allen Bldg
Email: jesse.summers@duke.edu

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Graduation with Distinction

The Graduation with Distinction program (http://trinity.duke.edu/undergraduate/academic-policies/gwd) recognizes students who demonstrate academic excellence through the successful completion of a substantive written project evaluated by a committee of three faculty members. While two candidates for graduation with distinction might, for example, work in the same laboratory and hence on related thesis topics, the thesis project is expected to be the work of each individual and evaluated separately by an appropriate committee of three faculty member. Traditionally, pursuit of graduation with distinction has been undertaken in the student’s major area of study. Indeed, all academic departments and programs offering a major, as well as Program II, have established procedures for conferring graduation with distinction on students who meet their standards and requirements. In Spring 2009, the Arts and Sciences Council approved an expansion of the Graduation with Distinction program beyond Distinction in the major to permit qualified students to undertake a thesis or other substantive project worthy of Distinction in an area outside that of the major (or Program II). 

Contact

Rachael Murphey-Brown, Ph.D.
Academic Dean

Phone: 919-684-0515

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Office of Student Returns

The Office of Student Returns (OSR) (http://trinity.duke.edu/osr) implements official university policies related to undergraduate students leaving and returning to Duke post-matriculation. The mission of the OSR is to guide students through the separation and return process and to make both points of transition as smooth as possible. In accomplishing this aim, the OSR works closely with the student's Academic Dean and other campus partners in order to maximize a student's successful transition.

Contact

Sabrina Thomas, Ph.D.
Academic Dean, Trinity College

Phone: +1 919 684 2075

Box 90052
011 Allen Building
421 Chapel Drive
Durham, NC 27708

 

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PreLaw Advising

The Prelaw Advising Office (https://advising.duke.edu/prelaw) sponsors programs and distributes information to all students considering careers in law. There is no defined program of prelaw courses and study at Duke, and students are advised through this office. All prelaw students are invited and encouraged to join the undergraduate prelaw society, Bench and Bar, which offers a variety of programs and activities.

Contact

Dean Gerald L. Wilson, Ph.D.
04 Allen Building
Box 90048
Durham, NC  27708-0048
919-684-2865
fax: 919-684-3414
Email: gerald.wilson@duke.edu

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Program II

Program II (http://program2.duke.edu/) is an alternative to existing majors. It is an interdisciplinary program of study designed by individual students to meet their unique academic and intellectual goals. In selecting Program II, students accept the challenge of designing their own individualized program of study and the responsibility for fulfilling its requirements. 

Contact

Rachael Murphey-Brown, Ph.D.
Academic Dean
murpheybrown@duke.edu
Phone: 919-684-0515

 

 

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Undergraduate Research Support Office

The Undergraduate Research Support Office (URS) (http://undergraduateresearch.duke.edu/) provides grants and assistantships for undergraduate research projects, creative arts projects, travel to research conferences, and summer research programs. Undergraduate research complements our students' coursework. Projects are conducted under the guidance of a faculty mentor and are typically related to the mentor's scholarly work, particularly in the sciences. However, projects in the humanities may be more independent, with the mentor providing guidance in the methodology and ideas of the field. Either way, students advance through a research project, become more independent scholars with intellectual ownership for all aspects of inquiry, problem solving and analysis.

Contact

Sarah Russell
Academic Dean
sarah.p.russell@duke.edu
Phone: 919-660-5785

Duke Box 90051

011H Allen Building
421 Chapel Drive
Durham, NC 27708

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Office of Health Professions Advising

The Office of Health Professions Advising (http://prehealth.duke.edu/) coordinates advising services for all Duke undergraduates throughout their four years at Duke, and beyond. Advising for first-year students and sophomores focuses on preparation, requirements, making plans and exploring opportunities. A prehealth advisor for first and sophomore years is based upon their freshman dorm.  Juniors, seniors and alumni work with different advisors who specialize in advising on final courses, timing of the application and when to take the MCAT  exam, details of the application process, school lists, and gap year opportunities. 

Contact

Donna Kostyu
ddkk@duke.edu
Phone: 919-684-6221

Box 90047
011 Allen Building

421 Chapel Drive
Durham, NC 27708

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