Graduate Students Can Design Course Modules for Archival Expeditions

Archival Expeditions.

Deadline: June 26, 2020

Archival Expeditions introduces Duke graduate students to teaching with digital and physical primary sources. Each student partners with a Duke faculty sponsor to design an undergraduate course module that incorporates primary source material tailored to a specific class taught by that faculty member. Students have the option of drawing on the physical special collections of the Rubenstein Library or primary source databases and digital collections available at Duke or elsewhere. This program is based on the successful Data Expeditions program.

Graduate students will be expected to spend 70-75 hours during a semester consulting with their faculty sponsor, library staff and other experts and researching, developing and testing the module. The students will work with their faculty sponsor to establish the expectations and parameters for the module prior to applying to the program.

A module can take a variety of shapes and be adjusted to fit different courses, disciplines, and goals of the faculty sponsor. Each module should be designed to allow for roughly 1-2 weeks of time within an existing course or 10-20 student hours. These hours can be a combination of in-class and out-of-class activities. Archival Expeditions drawing on physical special collections must include student time with the original material from the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library.

Successful applicants will join a cohort of other Archival Expeditions graduate student instructors. They will participate in a brief boot camp at the beginning of the program and will meet a few times during the semester to share experiences and lessons learned. Students will be compensated $1,500 for their work and have the option of an additional $500 if they help teach the module in a subsequent semester.Students and faculty sponsors will present their modules as part of a showcase and panel discussion at the end of the semester. The course module will also be made available on the Archival Expeditions website under a CC-BY NC Creative Commons license, allowing other faculty and students to learn from and reuse it.


Any Duke graduate student who has completed 1 academic year at Duke may apply.


The applicant must secure a letter of support from the faculty sponsor and complete the Archival Expeditions Application. Applications will be reviewed by a panel of faculty members and librarians. Please review the Frequently Asked Questions for Faculty Sponsors with your faculty member to be clear about expectations.

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Duke Graduate Students Can Design Archival Expeditions This Summer and Fall

Archival Expeditions.

Deadline: June 14, 2019

Are you interested in developing your skills in designing learning experiences for students? Interested in engaging students with digital and physical primary source materials? Consider participating in Archival Expeditions!

Archival Expeditions is a unique opportunity for graduate students to work with a faculty member to design a learning module involving archival materials. The collections can be physical materials in Duke’s David M. Rubenstein Rare Book and Manuscript Library or any variety of digital collections available at Duke or elsewhere. There are numerous possibilities.


Any Duke graduate student who has completed one academic year at Duke and has identified a faculty sponsor for the project


$1,500 for designing the module; an additional $500 will be awarded for teaching the module

Expected Time Commitment

70-75 hours for module development, including consultations with your faculty sponsor


Late summer through December 2019 for developing the module


To learn more and apply, see the Archival Expeditions website. Applications are due June 14, 2019.


For more information, contact Katie Henningsen ( or Arianne Hartsell-Gundy (

Join Us on October 11 for a Special Event on “The New Education”

Cathy Davidson

The Office of the Vice Provost for Interdisciplinary Studies is hosting a discussion, reception, and book signing with educational innovator Cathy N. Davidson, author of The New Education: How to Revolutionize the University to Prepare Students for a World in Flux.

The event will take place on Wednesday, October 11, at Duke University’s Penn Pavilion from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. Cosponsors include the Office of the Provost, Bass Connections, the Center for Instructional Technology, the Social Science Research Institute, Duke University Libraries, the Office of the Dean of Humanities, the Forum for Scholars and Publics, and the Franklin Humanities Institute.

Davidson is currently Distinguished Professor at The Graduate Center of the City University of New York, and previously served as Duke’s first Vice Provost for Interdisciplinary Studies. In her new book, she argues that the American university is stuck in the past—and shows how we can revolutionize it to prepare students for our age of constant change.

Our current system of higher education dates to the period from 1865 to 1925, when the nation’s new universities created grades and departments, majors and minors, graduate and professional schools in an attempt to prepare young people for a world transformed by the telegraph and the Model T. This approach to education worked for most of the 20th century, says Davidson, but is unsuited to the era of the “gig economy.” From the Ivy League to community colleges, Davidson introduces us to innovators who are remaking college for our own time, by emphasizing student-centered learning that values creativity, dexterity, innovation, and social change.

In this talk she shows how we can revolutionize our universities to help students be leaders of change, not simply subject to it. Davidson will be joined in conversation by Edward Balleisen, Professor of History and Public Policy and Vice Provost for Interdisciplinary Studies at Duke.

The Gothic Bookshop will provide books for sale at the event at a special rate of $24.

RSVP to Sarah Dwyer.