In a political climate that has recently included North Carolina’s HB2 and discussions of the policy implications of Title IX, how can instructors cultivate a respectful and inclusive classroom environment?
"... whether you go on to become a professor or pursue another professional career, there’s a crucial skill that tends to be underappreciated and underdeveloped: the ability to say “no” in a professional setting and to do so comfortably, clearly, and in a way that makes it clear that the decision is based on objective criteria and isn’t personal."
"A person’s achievement as a graduate student in the humanities can be very relevant to employers if it is presented properly. For instance, graduate students know what’s involved in teaching a college-level class, but interviewers may not! State explicitly that you have designed a course and communicated complex ideas. It’s an impressive feat, so don’t be afraid to show off a little."
The Innovation Grants help doctoral programs develop and implement curricular changes designed to enrich students’ academic experiences, and prepare them for transformative roles inside and outside of academia.
"The safe shelter of school provides the perfect setting to investigate new paths. I’d suggest that you start exploring when the stakes aren’t so high so that, when the time comes, you feel more prepared. When you are prepared, you are empowered, and when you are empowered all the other things tend to fall into place."
Dean Paula D. McClain chats with the recipient of the 2017 Distinguished Alumni Award about his memories growing at Duke, his time as a Duke doctoral student, and his controversial ideas about the discipline of social psychology.