Graduate Summer Academy 2020 Courses

2020 Course List by Area


Front End Web Development

In this Innovation Co-Lab short course, you will learn enough HTML and CSS to create your own static responsive website. Participants will be given a crash course in the necessary research and design preceding any coding, before learning the basics of HTML and CSS while creating a small website of their choice. The course will be taught by Sandra Bermond.

Offered June 22 – 26, Mon. – Fri., 9am – 12pm

Software Development

This 5-day course designed by the Innovation Co-Lab exposes you to some of the fundamental philosophies, tools, and technologies used in software development. Topics to be covered will include:

* The Bash Shell and Linux Operating System
* Version Control
* Object Oriented Programming Languages
* Application Programming Interface (API)
* SQL and NoSQL Database

This course assumes no prior experience with any sort of software development and is designed to be an introductory offering. The course will be taught by Danai Adkisson.

Offered June 29 – July 2, Mon. – Thu., 1 – 4pm

Communication & Pedagogy

Planning and Publishing Digital Projects

Most of scholarly publishing isn’t very different from when things like academic journals were first developed in the 17th century. High-impact journals and printed monographs from high-profile publishers dominate how research is circulated and evaluated, yet we know that those publishing outlets often fail to meet the need of modern scholars. For example, researchers today need to develop multimodal and data-intensive scholarship that can be readily shared with scholars or used to engage new audiences. This course aims to help you navigate emerging new publishing opportunities to answer questions such as, what are the opportunities and implications for how you share your work? Why might you consider disseminating your work through less conventional means, and what are the trade-offs? If you’re considering publishing your work in another form, or if you’re currently engaged in a digital scholarly project, how can you plan ahead to help ensure that the resulting publication is successful?

This course will introduce key aspects of modern academic publishing and its implications for planning and publishing digital projects. Topics we’ll cover include practical tips for authors such as assessing value and impact and ensuring discoverability, as well as broader considerations of the scholarly communication landscape, such as how dissemination and use of research intersects with publishing business models and copyright law. As a central activity and outcome of this course, students will apply what they’ve learned to developing an actionable, concrete plan for further development of a digital project they are already working on or would like to initiate. The course is led by Liz Milewicz, Head of Duke Libraries Digital Scholarship & Publishing Services, and Dave Hansen, Associate University Librarian for Research, Collections, & Scholarly Communication.

Offered June 22 – July 2 (2 week course), Tues./Thurs., 10am – 12pm

Online Teaching

This program prepares PhD students to enter new positions as TAs, Instructors of Record, and future academic innovators with an understanding of the state of digital teaching and learning in higher education. We will examine teaching tools, compare pedagogical approaches, discover emerging trends, and debate future implications with multiple perspectives on these issues. Participants will begin developing an online course, design a syllabus, create a short lecture video, and launch a professional social media presence for their ongoing job application portfolios and for furthering their pedagogical experience.

This program explores a range of digital pedagogies, including flexible teaching, online instruction, and blended/hybrid classes. Working together in collaborative teams, we will engage in conversations on these topics with guest speakers and through active learning activities in Zoom breakout sessions. Join us to begin creating a dynamic virtual learning experience and brainstorm innovative solutions to re-envision student engagement, projects, and assessment design. The course will be led by the Learning Innovation team members: Anderson Hagler, PhD Candidate in History, Dayton Kinney, PhD Candidate in Music Composition, and Sophia Stone, EdD, Senior Consultant.

Offered July 6 – 10, Mon. – Fri., 1 – 4pm

Interdisciplinary Project Management


Project management is a set of techniques that can be applied in any industry or setting to make projects more successful. Project management can be used to guide small, simple projects as well as complex, team-based projects that bring together individuals from different fields and involve multiple stakeholders.

In this course, you will learn the fundamentals of project management, from defining a project’s scope and creating a project plan to managing resources, roles, and workflow. Along the way, you will learn strategies for effective communication, organization, and team motivation, and you will be introduced to tools that can help you set achievable project goals, establish healthy group norms, organize your project’s materials and processes, and troubleshoot common issues.

While this course will focus specifically on strategies for managing interdisciplinary project teams within a university setting, the skills you learn can be broadly applied to individual and team projects across fields and environments, from completing a dissertation to managing a research lab to leading projects in academic, non-profit, and corporate settings. The course will be led by Laura Howes, Director, and Meghan O’Neil, Assistant Director, Bass Connections.

Offered June 22 – July 2, Mon./Wed./Fri., 1 – 2:30pm

Business and Entrepreneurship

Leading Teams

The purpose of this short course is to explore research-based insights about how to make diverse teams perform well and how to lead with self-awareness. A great deal of research and professional life involves working in teams, and yet, many people find teamwork difficult–it requires coordination, there’s always a weak link, and one’s contribution doesn’t always seem to be recognized. The difficulty in coordinating with others and even maintaining motivation has only increased in recent times with the threat of COVID-19. In addition to being generally useful for understanding interpersonal dynamics at work, we hope the lessons from this course will help students cope with the stress and uncertainty of this unprecedented time. This short course is led by Danbee Chon and Sara Wingrove, PhD candidates in the Fuqua School of Business.

Offered June 22 – 26, Mon. – Thu., 10 – 11:30am AND 12:30 – 2pm (both sessions required)

Public Speaking & Presentations

This is a short course for anyone who wants to become a more confident public speaker, with a particular focus on communicating effectively with a virtual audience. We will cover fundamental skills for public speaking, including how to organize information and hone your message to inform and engage and audience, and best practices for using virtual channels. The course will be led by Kristen Brown, Associate Vice President for News, Communications, and Media, Duke University Communications.

Offered June 29 – July 2, Mon. – Thurs., 1:30 – 3pm

Interpretive Research Methods

Evaluation: Understanding Impact and Improving Effectiveness

This short course focuses on understanding program/initiative impact and informing initiative decision-making through evaluation, which represents an area of increasing relevance in academic careers and in public/non-profit sectors. Topics covered will include: differences and similarities between evaluation and academic research; when and why to conduct evaluation; types of evaluations; foundational aspects of an evaluation process, including partnership and Theory of Change development; empirical processes, including study design considerations, data sources, data collection, and analysis; and real-world recommendations for feasibly and effectively implementing evaluation. Throughout the course, students will apply concepts learned to a real-world initiative. In addition, we will address the applications of academic training for evaluation. It will address alignment of evaluation research with doctoral training and the uses of evaluation in numerous career paths, including academic paths and other career trajectories. The course will be led by Jessica Sperling, Social Science Research Institute.

Offered June 30 – July 10 (2 week course), Tues./Thurs., 9:30 – 11am

Best Practices for Collecting Qualitative Data through Interviewing: A Mini-Course for Graduate Students in the Humanities and Social Sciences

An intensive short course in the theoretical and practical study of interview research methodologies in the humanities and social sciences. Students will gain practical experience in how to set up, conduct, transcribe, corroborate, and archive interviews for social science and humanities research projects. We will immerse ourselves in the practical aspects of generating interview questions, establishing rapport, and conducting background research in order to prepare for interviews, as well as how to generate archive-approved and creative-commons release forms. We will review IRB considerations, and cover technological options for recording, transcribing, creating metadata, and archiving. Considerable space will be given throughout to the ethical issues generated by this research methodology, in particular when working with vulnerable populations and legally or morally fraught topics. This course is appropriate for advanced students who have already experimented with interviewing, as well as for those who are considering and/or planning to use it in graduate work. The course is led by Wesley Hogan, Director of the Center for Documentary Studies.

Offered June 22 – 26, Mon. – Fri., 2 – 5pm

Digital Humanities: Working with Text

The digital humanities are broad and diverse, but many of their foundational skills, technologies, and methods are centered on textual data. This course is about some of those methods for analyzing text. Topics will include preparing a corpus of texts (acquisition, OCR, organization), stylometry and authorship studies, natural language processing, sentiment analysis and document classification, text analysis with Python, and topic modeling with MALLET. No programming or digital scholarship experience is necessary. This course will be taught by Will Shaw, Digital Humanities Technology Consultant for Duke University Libraries.

Offered July 6 – 10, Mon. – Fri., 9 – 10:30am