Photograph of two women doing archival research in a library. They are seated at a table facing one another. They both have a folder of archival documents in front of them, one of the women has her laptop open.Archival Expeditions introduces Duke graduate students to teaching with special collections. Each student partners with a Duke faculty sponsor to design an undergraduate course module that incorporates special collections materials tailored to a specific class taught by that faculty member.  This new 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 2 weeks of time within an existing course or 15-20 student hours and must include student time with the original material from the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library.

Successful applicants 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 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 it.

Eligibility

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 Rubenstein Library librarians.

 

Frequently Asked Questions for Faculty Sponsors

What is the faculty sponsor’s role?

The faculty sponsor will establish the expectations and parameters for the module with the graduate student and act as a consultant during the design and testing of the module. The faculty sponsor should expect to teach the course with the module within one year of completion. The graduate student may be involved in the module component of the course and will receive a one-time stipend of $500 for their participation.

What is the time commitment?

The faculty sponsor should expect to meet with the student to discuss the application, course, and module prior to the application deadline. The faculty sponsor and student should plan to meet at least once a month, more frequent meetings can be determined by the faculty sponsor and the graduate student.

What is a module?

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 2 weeks of time within an existing course or 15-20 student hours and must include student time with the original material from the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library.

If my student needs support finding material or building the module who should they contact?

The primary liaison for the student is the faculty sponsor, who can communicate their vision for the module.

The Rubenstein Library contact is Katie Henningsen, Head of Research Services. Katie will connect the student with the appropriate curators, subject experts, and technology resources to create an effective teaching module.