Academic Affairs

Arlie Petters
Dean Arlie Petters

The Office of Academic Affairs is responsible for the curriculum and educational experience of the undergraduate students in Trinity College of Arts & Sciences. Trinity College is committed to providing a world class liberal arts education embedded in a research environment, with rich pathways of study and engagement available to all students. Our goals include growing, connecting, and empowering diverse and inclusive learning networks, in and out of the classroom, laboratory, and studio. Research opportunities, service learning, and global education complement classroom instruction to enhance the creation, delivery, and translation of knowledge for a rapidly changing world. The values we instill are for our students to be globally engaged, purposeful about their own lives, and empathetic to others. We create communities of academic excellence.

The Dean of Academic Affairs/Associate Vice Provost oversees administration of the Duke undergraduate curriculum and educational experiences for our undergraduates, in partnership with the Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education. The Academic Dean corps, Continuing Studies, Summer Session, Curriculum & Course Development, Focus Program, Office of Assessment, Service Learning Program, Thompson Writing Program, and Office of Undergraduate Research Support all report to the Dean of Academic Affairs.

Academic Affairs Communications

April 24, 2018

Dear Faculty, I want to highlight some useful policies and guidelines, as well as reaffirm our obligation to teaching and the production of knowledge in Trinity College. Despite the extra-curricular activities associated with LDOC, Duke students are here to learn, faculty are here to teach, and our priority is to provide a safe and orderly classroom where learning can take place. read more »

April 10, 2018

Dear Faculty, As we move toward the end of the spring 2018 semester, I would like to call to your attention to certain matters which are governed by policies of the faculty. read more »

January 22, 2018

NOTICE OF DEADLINE CHANGE Due to weather-related class cancellations, the Drop/Add deadline has been extended to 11:59 p.m. on Friday, January 26, 2018. Students will be able to make schedule adjustments in DukeHub until the end of Drop/Add. After that, students must receive permission from their academic dean or school to... read more »

January 19, 2018

Dear Directors of Undergraduate Studies, Program Directors, and Assistants, read more »

January 2, 2018

Dear Colleagues, Academic course work is the foundation of undergraduate life, and faculty members are responsible for setting class grading and attendance policies. Those expectations should be clearly stated on your course syllabi. The information provided below details the policies and procedures for dealing with missed work associated with class absence. read more »

December 21, 2017

Dear Colleagues,   As you are preparing your undergraduate syllabi for this upcoming semester, please be mindful of the midterm reporting date. read more »

December 7, 2017

Trinity Research Enhancement (TRE) Fund Call for Proposals read more »

November 9, 2017

Maintaining optimal class size; Thanksgiving holiday & classes read more »

November 7, 2017

Dear Faculty,   As we move toward the end of the fall 2017 semester, I would like to call to your attention certain matters which are governed by policies of the faculty. read more »

November 7, 2017

Trinity College is circulating the David L. Paletz Call for Innovative Course Enhancements, inviting proposals for funds to add innovations to courses taught in the spring 2018 semester. read more »

October 31, 2017

We will be enforcing the maximum size (18) of all undergraduate seminars going forward. read more »

October 5, 2017

Review of University community and expectations regarding academic integrity. read more »

September 25, 2017

Missed course work is officially accommodated in the following three circumstances: Illness or other extraordinary personal circumstance Religious observance Varsity athletic participation read more »

September 11, 2017

Trinity College will again provide up to $100 per regular rank faculty member per academic semester to have meals with undergraduate students and/or to host students in their homes. read more »

May 8, 2017

Duke Faculty Policy requires grades for graduating students to be submitted within 24 hours of the final exam. Grades for all other students need to be submitted within 48 hours of the final exam. read more »

April 25, 2017

Highlighting some useful policies and guidelines, as well as reaffirm our obligation to teaching and the production of knowledge in Trinity College. read more »

April 17, 2017

Dear students: Welcome to the online system for evaluating courses in Trinity College of Arts & Sciences. We want to thank you for helping gather this necessary and useful information. read more »

April 13, 2017

Grades are due in the Registrar’s Office within twenty-four hours of the final exam for graduating students and forty-eight hours of the final exam for all other students.  read more »

February 20, 2017

Each instructor is required to submit midterm grades to the University Registrar by 5:00 pm, Friday, February 24, for all first-year undergraduate students, as well as for all other students who are doing unsatisfactory work. read more »