Message from the Associate Dean

Message from the Associate Dean for Academic Advising

I am excited to welcome you to the Duke Kunshan University (DKU) community! It is my pleasure to provide you with an overview of resources provided by the Office of Undergraduate Advising. Our advising team is comprised of faculty and professionals who foster academic success, personal growth, and student engagement. Advisors teach students about the undergraduate curriculum and empower students to make good decisions related to course selection. Over the first two years, you are encouraged to explore your academic interests and later declare a major based on personal reflection, understanding of our Liberal Arts education, and consideration of future graduate and career interests.

Key areas within the Office of Undergraduate Advising include:

  • Academic Advising
  • Faculty Mentorship and Signature Work
  • Academic Resources Center

You will have a community of students, scholars, and administrators that are here to support and help you actively pursue your academic and life goals while at DKU. Wellness, Scholarship, and Engagement are hallmarks of quality advising that promote student success and learning discovery. In addition to learning about courses, majors, and research, you will develop self-authorship related to learning preferences, motivation, academic grit, and personal academic responsibility. You will best understand the curriculum and student success by actively participating in the learning process, both in and outside of the classroom. It is important for you to take advantage of the rich diversity of campus and surrounding communities, participate in the various learning activities offered through both Academic and Student Affairs, and opportunities to participate in service and civic engagement exercises. I also encourage you to browse the many websites and campus services available to you at DKU. Most importantly, learn from your instructors, peers, and the global community around you. Go DKU!

Dr. Tourgeé D. Simpson, Jr.
Associate Dean for Academic Advising