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Categories: Southeast Region 4


Academic Advising Center


Duke University

Date Posted:

Sep 29 2021 1:59PM

Close Date:

Oct 20 2021

Position Description

Background: The Directors of Academic Engagement for the Academic Disciplines (disciplinary DAEs) in the Academic Advising Center (AAC) are part of an advising network which includes a college advisor, academic dean, peer advisor, pre-professional advisor, major advisor, director of undergraduate studies, and other faculty and advising partners such as the Global and Civic DAEs, also in the AAC. The disciplinary DAEs provide specialized advising regarding opportunities in one of three main academic areas of Trinity College: the arts and humanities, social sciences, and the natural and quantitative sciences. Disciplinary DAEs have strong academic expertise in one of these areas and assist students in determining how co-curricular and curricular interests can best fit together; the AAC is now searching specifically for a disciplinary DAE for the social sciences. The disciplinary DAEs work closely with the dean of their area, attend regular staff meetings within the AAC as well as the division and discipline (as necessary), and have direct and ongoing contact with directors of undergraduate studies and individual faculty to keep abreast of course offerings and trends in their academic area. In addition, each DAE has an area of academic expertise within a specific discipline and may teach at least one course each academic year. The disciplinary DAE reports to the Director of the Academic Advising Center in the Office of the Dean and Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education, as well as the Dean of their disciplinary unit. This position will need to operate with significant independence and autonomy in order to be successful.

Occupational Summary:
This position provides advice and assistance to undergraduate students to pursue the purposeful integration of the research opportunities, coursework, and co-curricular opportunities in the social sciences into their undergraduate experience and provides leadership in the Arts & Sciences Academic Advising Center (AAC) by identifying needs in undergraduate education that pertain to the social, working independently to develop, propose, and create initiatives that respond to those needs, working collaboratively and collegially with essential campus partners, including faculty and deans, to achieve those initiatives, and working with the AAC Director/Dean to define learning outcomes and develop, plan, implement, and evaluate assessment protocols that measure those learning outcomes.


Work Performed: 35% -
Meet individually with students across their four years at Duke to discuss and plan the integration of curricular, co-curricular, and experiential opportunities within the social sciences into each student’s undergraduate experience. Advise students about important similarities and differences between the focus of different departments/majors to help students decide which department is best suited for their particular interests. Hold regular office hours and be available to students on an ad-hoc basis. Develop appropriate outreach to students using a variety of methods and social media to alert students for opportunities to meaningfully engage in undergraduate research or programs.

10 % -
Use data-driven methods to identify undergraduate populations under- represented in particular Duke programs, engagements or academic opportunities; develop and implement outreach protocols appropriate to the circumstances. Gather, solicit and synthesize information about research and/or other immersive opportunities in the social sciences, including but not limited to, Bass Connections, and DukeImmerse, to help undergraduate students better understand why, how, and what to incorporate into their undergraduate plans; track developing opportunities in specified academic area.

20% -
Partner closely with the AAC’s full complement of advisors (academic advisors, peer success leaders, and other DAEs) and maintain a coordinated set of relationships among relevant campus partners, the primary of which are within their disciplinary unit. Provide general support for academic advising. This will include regular participation in AAC staff meetings, serving as a college advisor for approximately 6 incoming students each year, assisting with advisor training and the advisor convocation, serving as a Senior College Advisor, and other tasks as needed. Availability on weekends and evenings is sometimes required.

5% -
Work closely with the dean of the social sciences, attend relevant meetings (such as Chairs and DUS monthly meetings) and have direct and ongoing contact with directors of undergraduate studies and individual faculty to keep abreast of course offerings and trends in their academic area. Foster and maintain collaborative relationships with campus partners in the advising network as well as individual faculty members. At the discretion of department chairs in which they teach, attend faculty meetings to stay informed about department offerings and plans for their undergraduate program and serve as major advisors.

10% -
Develop, propose/create and/or collaborate on existing programs or initiatives in the social sciences to student needs. Such programs include, but are not limited to, Bass Connections, Rigel Scholars, Story+, Embark, and the Social Science Research Lab (via SSRI). Work with AAC Director and disciplinary unit Dean to define learning outcomes and develop, plan, implement, and evaluate assessment protocols that measure those learning outcomes. 1

5% -
Pursue professional development and/or research in an academic discipline, which may include (but is not limited to) teaching one undergraduate course each academic year, attendance and presentation at national conferences, service on national boards or professional organizations of relevance, ability and sanction to propose and/or serve as co-PIs on internal and external grants.

5% -
Perform other related duties incidental to the work described herein. The above statements describe the general nature and level of work being performed by individuals assigned to this classification. This is not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities and duties required of personnel so classified. Diversity, Equity and Inclusion are core values of the Office of Undergraduate Education (OUE) of which the Academic Advising Center is a part. We believe that the educational environment is enhanced when diverse groups of people with diverse ideas come together to learn. Applicants with a demonstrated commitment to issues of diversity in higher education are particularly encouraged to apply.

Application Process

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Institution Information

Duke University was created in 1924 through an indenture of trust by James Buchanan Duke. Today, Duke is regarded as one of America’s leading research universities. Located in Durham, North Carolina, Duke is positioned in the heart of the Research Triangle, which is ranked annually as one of the best places in the country to work and live. Duke has more than 15,000 students who study and conduct research in its 10 undergraduate, graduate and professional schools. With about 40,000 employees, Duke is the third largest private employer in North Carolina, and it now has international programs in more than 150 countries. The Academic Advising Center sits within the Office of Undergraduate Education at Duke University and is committed to creating an accessible, supportive environment and an educational experience that recognizes diversity and cultural competence as integral components of academic and organizational excellence. Candidates who can contribute to that goal, and who meet the qualifications for the particular position described below, are encouraged to apply and to identify their strengths in this area.

Additional Information

Prospective candidates are welcome to visit the Academic Advising Center's disciplinary DAE pages, and DAE profile videos to see how Duke students have engaged these resources.

Contact Information

Inquires about this position should be directed to the chair of the search committee, Dr. Jules Odendahl-James (, or the Director of the AAC, Dr. David Rabiner (


Required Qualifications

Minimum Qualifications
Education Completed PhD in a discipline within one of three academic divisions within Trinity College, e.g., the Natural Sciences, Social Sciences, or Humanities. Experience At least 2 years of experience in academic advising, teaching or related engagement with students in a college or university setting.

Preferred Qualifications

Additional desired experience/qualifications:
Expertise in teaching as demonstrated by having taught for at least 1 year at the college/university level. Experience with assessment protocols, and ability to organize and evaluate assessment data. Experience conducting research in an academic discipline. Experience building strong connections across departments demonstrating significant initiative and creativity. The successful application will be committed to incorporating an anti-racist and anti- oppressive lens into work responsibilities and processes and will have experience working directly with and elevating ideas of people from diverse racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic backgrounds Fluency with desktop applications including databases, word processing, presentation software (e.g., PowerPoint) and spreadsheets required. Experience with Qualtrics and Sakai strongly preferred. Please note that OUE is following an anti-racist and equitable hiring process, and therefore will not be advantaging candidates by fielding questions related to the nature of the position from applicants. All information relevant to the position is included in the job description.