Summer Doctoral Academy

Duke Summer Doctoral Academy

Together Duke is pleased to announce the creation of the Duke Summer Doctoral Academy, a two-week program of short courses designed to introduce doctoral students to skills, tools, and knowledge that augment their regular coursework and help them prepare for dissertation research, innovative teaching, leadership, and/or public engagement.

Courses in the Duke Summer Doctoral Academy will cover topics that are not typically included in a doctoral curriculum, and will be led by Duke professors as well as working professionals. There are 16 courses offered this year on a broad range of subjects, including How To Build An App, How To Launch and Scale a Business, How To Work More Effectively In Teams, and How To Communicate Science More Effectively.

The Summer Academy welcomes all Duke doctoral students, in all of Duke’s schools, at any stage of their doctoral studies. There are no prerequisites for any of the courses and all are offered at no charge. All we ask is that you come to each class having prepared in advance and being ready to engage.

Each course meets for three hours a day for five consecutive days. Space permitting, participants may choose up to one morning session and one afternoon session for each week, for a total of four courses. A complete list of this year’s courses is available here, along with brief a description of each course. Or, click on the graphic below and access the course descriptions for each course separately.

Program dates for the 2018 Summer Academy were:

    • Monday, May 21 – Friday, May 25, 2018
    • Tuesday, May 29 – Saturday, June 2, 2018

Morning sessions run from 8:30 – 11:30 am.
Afternoon sessions run from 1:30 – 4:30 pm.

Dates for the 2019 Academy will be announced in early 2019. Bookbags normally open in February, along with registration. To register, please log into your DukeHub account and navigate to the Registration tab. The Doctoral Academy courses will appear in the Class Search under the Graduate Studies (GS) subject code for Summer Term 1. Students can enroll in up to 2 sections of GS XXX (if students are interested in additional classes beyond the limit of 2, please send the list to Carolyn Mackman at carolyn.mackman@duke.edu). If you have questions about how to enroll in these classes please contact the Office of the University Registrar at registrar@duke.edu.

Prior to registering for a course(s), each student should make their DGS aware they are doing so. We will then follow-up with DGSs after registration is complete.

Answers to frequently asked questions are available below and reflections from past participants are available here, here, and here.

Registration for the 2019 Summer Academy will begin in February 2019 (specific dates to be announced in early 2019). For help or for more information, contact us.

Summer 2018 Courses

Courses were offered in Summer 2018 in the following broad areas. Additional information and links to full course listings are available in each area.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I still sign up, or have you closed registration?

The 2018 Summer Academy has finished. Dates for the 2019 Summer Academy classes and registration will be announced in early 2019.

Am I eligible to sign up?

If you are a doctoral student at Duke University in good standing, you are eligible. We ask each interested doctoral student to first obtain approval from his/her DGS.

At this time, the Summer Academy is not open to non-Duke doctoral students. Nor is it open to post-doctoral students, masters students, other professional students, faculty or staff. Sorry!

I’m pursuing a professional doctorate degree at a Duke professional school (an MD, DPT, JD, ThD, DNP degree). Am I allowed to sign up for Summer Academy classes?

Yes, you are welcome! Because the registration system is not configured to handle your registration online, we will need to manually add you to the course. Please contact Carolyn Mackman (carolyn.mackman@duke.edu) and provide your name, student ID number and the class number for the preferred sections of the academy. We will manually add your name to the class, assuming there is space.

How much do the classes cost?

The courses are free. All we ask is if you register for a course, that you commit to showing up for class, every day, prepared and engaged.

How many classes can I sign up for?

You can sign up for up to 2 classes. If you are interested in additional classes beyond the limit of 2, please send those class choices to Carolyn Mackman at carolyn.mackman@duke.edu, as she will be managing the enrollments and waitlists.

How do I sign up?

Please access DukeHub for registration.

My friend, spouse, partner, advisor, etc. thinks this is a really cool opportunity. How can they sign up for these courses?

Sorry, but they can’t. The Summer Doctoral Academy is only open to Duke doctoral students. After this first year, we’ll consider whether and how we might broaden this opportunity.

Remind me again, what is the schedule for the classes?

Each class meets daily for 3 hours for five consecutive days.

In 2018, two five-day sessions were offered: Monday, May 21 – Friday, May 25, 2018 and Tuesday, May 29 – Saturday June 2, 2018.

Dates for the 2019 Summer Academy will be announced in early 2019.

How big are the classes? And what if there isn’t enough space in the class?

Classes will be capped at around 30 students. Spaces will be assigned on a first come-first serve basis. We will maintain a waitlist in the event someone drops the class. For highly demanded courses, we will try our best to expand enrollment (conditional on instructor preferences and space constraints).

If there is not enough space, don’t worry – we plan to offer the Summer Academy again next year.

Who is teaching the classes and how are the classes going to be taught?

Duke professors and members of the professional staff – all of whom have extensive experience in the fields they will teach, and all of whom are committed to helping you obtain skills and tools that will serve you throughout your career, whether within or outside academia.

Instructors will use a variety of approaches and styles including but not limited to classroom discussions, readings and cases, role-play, projects and presentations, team-based learning, etc. Importantly, there is no single style or approach that we recommend or require. Rather, we hope that instructors will experiment with a variety of methods.

Do I get course credit for these classes?

No, you will not receive course credit. However, the courses will appear on your transcript as CREDIT (if you attend and engage in the class) or as NO CREDIT (if you do not attend and engage). Note that even though the transcript will use the language CREDIT, the course will not be included in any GPA requirements. Nor will grades be provided for these courses.

I’m required to fulfill certain degree-specific responsibilities in my school, e.g., clinic rotations for MD students. I plan to fulfill these requirements this summer. I’ve been told there may be some issues around my “campus access” status. Will I be able to sign up for Summer Academy courses?

You can sign up (using the manual process described in question 2 above). BUT because you do not have “campus access” during this time, your registration would trigger a continuation fee ($2,000) charged to your bursar account. We can’t over-ride that charge or change your status. You can of course take advantage of Summer Academy courses another year when your campus status changes.

Is there a chance a class might not be offered?

Great question. If there is very low enrollment for a class, we will consult with the instructor and determine if it makes sense to offer the course or to cancel it. If a course you registered for is cancelled, we’ll let you know as soon as possible and give you the opportunity to register for another class.

I’ve looked at the list of courses and I don’t like any of them. How did these courses get chosen?

We tried our best to identify a broad range of topics that would be valuable, of interest, and not easily available at Duke for doctoral students. We would have liked to cover more topics and we would welcome your feedback and suggestions so that we can start planning for next year. Please contact Ed Balleisen (eballeis@duke.edu) or Jennifer Francis (jfrancis@duke.edu) with your ideas and input.