Academic Engagement

Directors of academic engagement work with you to clarify your academic goals and connect you to opportunities for academic exploration within and beyond the traditional classroom.

The DAEs are specialized advisors, each offering guidance in one of three areas of expertise:

Talk to a DAE

Piecing it together

DAEs meet with Trinity and Pratt undergraduates of all class years and majors. Consult a DAE as you consider opportunities including:

  • Arts
  • Domestic study away
  • Faculty mentorship
  • Field research
  • Lab research
  • Performance groups
  • Student groups
  • Study abroad
  • Summer experiences
  • Volunteering

Mission and values

[My DAE] went above what I expected, helping me not only find a study abroad program that was right for me, but also providing me with connections to researchers who match my interests.

– DAE advisee

[We talked about] how study abroad works with trying to major in engineering.

– DAE advisee

[My DAE] tailored our time to best fit my individual ambitions.

– DAE advisee

[The DAE was useful by] helping me not only find a study abroad program that was right for me, but also providing me with connections to researchers who match my interests.

– DAE advisee

[It was] really helpful to have all of the abroad options laid out for me. I was also exposed to options I had no idea existed, so I really appreciated that aspect of the meeting.

– DAE advisee

I feel like I have my next few years/summers planned out well.

– DAE advisee

I left the meeting with all of my questions answered and feeling much better about all my decisions and current indecisiveness.

– DAE advisee

[We talked about] what I could do realistically with the career goals I had in mind and my academic interests and ways to get there or not. She really helped me to begin to plan my life.

– DAE advisee

[My DAE was] enthusiastic yet realistic.

– DAE advisee

Directors of Academic Engagement

Dr. Odendahl-James takes stock of your academic interests and advises you on ways to integrate meaningful humanities experiences into your academic life at Duke. Humanities advising is available to all undergraduates, whether in Trinity College or Pratt School of Engineering, regardless of major... Learn more »

Opportunities for global and civic engagement at Duke—whether through formal programs such as Global Education (aka study abroad) Bass Connections and DukeEngage, through the curriculum, through service or through student organizations—are numerous and varied. DAEs enhance the role of academic... Learn more »

Dr. Calixte joined the Academic Advising Center last spring, bringing with her great experience as a scientific researcher and mentor. Her goal is to guide you as you create enriching and transformative experiences in the classroom, lab and beyond. You can work with Dr. Calixte to find your fit in... Learn more »