Although still in its pilot year, the Duke Alumni Association’s Faculty Fellows program already has been well-received. With enthusiastic buy-in from the initial class of fellows to growing demand from regional Duke chapters for continued intellectual engagement with the university, the initiative formalizes an integral component of the DAA’s Forever Learning focus.
“Taking faculty out into the regions is one of the best ways we have to connect alumni with Duke’s academic mission and share the educational wealth of our alma mater,” says Beth Ray-Schroeder ’83, director of the DAA’s education and travel programming.
The 2013 inaugural class of fellows includes:
BRIAN HARE, associate professor of evolutionary anthropology and founder and director of Duke’s Canine Cognition Lab (Hare was profiled in the January-February 2010 issue of Duke Magazine)
TERRIE MOFFITT, Knut Schmidt Nielsen Professor in the departments of psychology and neuroscience, psychiatry and behavioral sciences, and the Institute for Genome Sciences and Policy
VICTOR STRANDBERG, professor of English
MAURICE WALLACE Ph.D. ’95, associate professor of English and African & African American Studies
Faculty Fellows have made presentations in Jacksonville, Boston, Charlotte, San Francisco, and Atlanta. In addition to re- gional presentations, Faculty Fellows might be asked to participate in other DAA Forever Learning programs. For example, Strandberg, who has taught at Duke since 1966, also presented Joan Didion’s A Book of Common Prayer for DukeReads this past spring. Depending on their areas of expertise, faculty members also may participate in educational presentations on topics that dovetail with Duke Forward campaign priorities.
The selection process is underway for the 2013-14 Faculty Fellows cohort. The DAA works closely with the Office of the Provost, Trinity College of Arts & Sciences, Duke Magazine, university development, the Academic Council, and Duke’s graduate and professional schools to identify candidates for the program. They will be announced in the next issue of Duke Magazine, as well as on the DAA’s website.