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

Whether you're interested in humanities courses, research opportunities, or artistic outles, Dr. Jules Odendahl-James will guide you through your options.

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Our four global/civic DAEs work with you to find the right fit for you among Duke's numerous opportunities for global experiences, civic engagement and interdisciplinary research.

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Dr. Nyote Calixte is an expert who can consult with you as you seek your niche among Duke's extensive opportunities for scientific research and engagement.

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