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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 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 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.

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 librarians. Please review the "Frequently Asked Questions for Faculty Sponsors"  with your faculty member to be clear about expectations. 

While not a requirement, applicants are strongly encouraged to take the Duke Summer Doctoral Academy’s "Teaching with Archives" course.

Past Archival Expeditions Fellows

2018

Michael Freeman, Classical Studies 
Faculty Sponsor: Dr. Clare Woods
Course: History of the Book
Module: Introduction to Papyrology
Download: Lesson Plan

Ashton Merck, History, and Helen Shears, History 
Faculty Sponsor: Dr. David Robinson
Module: Historical Contexts of Innovation and Entrepreneurship
Downloads: Lesson Plans and Student Worksheet 

Alyssa Miller, Cultural Anthropology
Faculty Sponsor: Dr. Ellen McLarney
Course: Black Muslims
Module: Recovering Black Muslim Experiences
Downloads: Lesson Plan and Student Worksheet

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 1-2 weeks of time within an existing course or 10-20 student hours. Students drawing on the physical special collections of the Rubenstein Library 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, and the digital primary source contact is Arianne Hartsell-Gundy, Head of Humanities Section and Librarian for Literature and Theater Studies. Katie and/or Arianne will connect the student with the appropriate curators, subject experts, and technology resources to create an effective teaching module.