A Signature Education Initiative of Duke University

For Faculty

Propose a New DukeImmerse​

All Duke faculty who teach undergraduate students are invited to submit proposals for new DukeImmerse programs. Proposals scheduled for Fall 2018 should be submitted by October 1, 2017. We welcome proposals that are articulate and compelling; these may include proposals that are fully disciplinary or interdisciplinary, incorporate Service-Learning or complement an existing Bass Connections or DukeEngage. Programs that diversify existing DukeImmerse opportunities and reflect the expertise of Duke faculty will receive priority. 

To propose a new DukeImmerse opportunity, send a Letter of Interest to Morgan Barlow (morgan.barlow@duke.edu). Include in the letter a brief description of:

  • Overall concept and theme
  • Who wil be involved (instructors, staff)
  • All courses (new or existing) to be included 
  • Target student audience (from which majors, minors, and certificate programs)
  • Field-based experience or travel, if applicable
  • Collaboration with community partner(s), if applicable

DukeImmerse is a semester-long program conceived of by faculty.  It resembles the first-year Focus program except students take all courses together, not just a subset. Programs are research-intensive and may include off-campus experiences to enhance the curriculum. Faculty leading programs involving travel are expected to follow related university policies and meet with the DukeImmerse Director to develop a risk management plan prior to the program offering.

Each DukeImmerse program consists of:

  • a cluster of four courses focused around a theme, in which all students are enrolled
  • four integrated seminars in a fall or spring semester or two integrated seminars in a summer term
  • a curriculum based on a central theme and issues related to the professors’ research and expertise
  • programs led by two or more faculty members, within and across disciplines
  • interaction with strongly engaged students
  • classroom learning connected with hands-on experience in the context of faculty research interests
  • small enrollments that do not exceed 12 students


Contact Steve Nowicki (snowicki@duke.edu), Dean and Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education, or email DukeImmerse Director Morgan Barlow (morgan.barlow@duke.edu) in the Office of Undergraduate Education.