Academic Affairs

The Office of Academic Affairs is responsible for the undergraduate curriculum and educational experience of our undergraduate students. Our innovative course of study is structured so students can pursue learning in and out of the classroom, laboratory, and studio. Global education, service learning, and research opportunities complement classroom instruction to infuse students with the excitement of discovery and the ability to use knowledge in the service of society. Our goal is to create distinctive interdisciplinary opportunities for our students to approach real-world problems from different fields of inquiry.

Academic Deans

Academic Deans


Within the Office of Academic Affairs are the 15 Trinity Academic Deans, who oversee the education and eventual graduation of undergraduates. The academic deans contribute to the development and promulgation of academic policies and programs, and publish, administer, and interpret them for undergraduate students, faculty, and parents.

More information: Academic Deans

Academic Affairs Programs

Continuing Studies

Our Continuing Studies program offers courses and credential programs for everyone from youth to seniors. Programs include residential summer camps, professional certificates, management training, online courses, college prep courses, and lifelong learning offerings. More information:

Contact: Paula E. Gilbert
8 East Campus Union Drive
(919) 684-5383, (919) 684-2621

Curriculum & Course Development

The Curriculum and Course Development Office is 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. More information:

Contact: Ingeborg Walther
011 Allen Building
(919) 684-5585

Focus Program

Duke's Focus Program for first-year students provides clusters of courses designed around an interdisciplinary theme. Topics for study include the cognitive sciences, ethics and global citizenship, genomics, knowledge in the service of society, global health, international politics, contemporary and medieval cultures and social ideals. Focus faculty come from academic departments in Arts & Sciences, Medicine, and Engineering and are leading researchers in their fields. More information:

Contact: Edna Andrews

Office of Assessment

The Office of Assessment, Trinity College, is the institutional research arm of Arts & Sciences and Trinity College. Its mission is to provide on-going analysis and research on Duke's undergraduate curriculum, courses, departments and programs in efforts to improve student learning at Duke. In addition, the office serves as a resource for departments and faculty. Areas of investigation include, but are not limited to, university wide course evaluations, curricular requirements, academic performance, academic advising, program and department level assessment, assessment of student learning outcomes, and grant related assessment.

The office works collaboratively with other university offices and constituencies to address questions raised by undergraduates, graduate students, faculty, and university administrators. This collaboration involves development of project goals, measuring instruments (such as on-line surveys and focus groups), statistical analyses, and reporting mechanisms. The office also consults with programs regarding their use of electronic portfolios. More information:

Contact: Matt Serra, Ph.D.
(919) 660-5762

Service Learning

A signature program of Trinity College of Arts & Sciences, Duke Service-Learning is housed administratively within the Program in Education. The Program in Education has been deeply involved in service-learning since the early 1990s, when tutoring programs were created which matched Duke undergraduates with children at risk for school failure. More information:

Contact: David Malone
Associate Professor of the Practice, Program in Education

Thompson Writing Program

Writing and research are the cornerstones of the Duke undergraduate curriculum. The Thompson Writing Program (TWP) helps students develop as writers from their first through senior years at Duke, and supports faculty who teach writing in a wide range of courses across the curriculum. More information:

Contact: Kristen Neuschel
Associate Professor
(919) 613-4409

Office of Undergraduate Research Support

The Undergraduate Research Support Office (URS) provides grants and assistantships for undergraduate research projects, creative arts projects, travel to research conferences, and summer research programs. See the complete list of URS programs. More information:

Contact: Ron Grunwald