Directors of Undergraduate Studies | Concentration Advisors

The Director of Undergraduate Studies Role

Next DUS Lunch: October 17, 12PM | Brown Faculty Club

The Director of Undergraduate Studies (DUS) is a faculty member responsible for delivering information about their undergraduate program to current and prospective undergraduates. In the context of Brown's otherwise open curriculum, the role takes on added significance, as the process of "declaring" or choosing a concentration represents a major event of undergraduate academic life. As students have advocated for stronger academic communities within their respective concentrations, the DUS has the potential to serve as an important intellectual leader/mentor who might, at their very best, foster an engaging and inclusive academic culture. 

While particular responsibilities may vary depending on the size and complexity of the undergraduate program, the DUS is  generally considered the key bridge between the department and its undergraduates. In addition to oversight over the structure and content of the undergraduate concentration(s), the DUS may also be responsible for:

  • advising undergraduate concentrators, and/or overseeing other concentration advisors in this work; 
  • reviewing syllabi for new or modified courses submitted via the course proposal system (see syllabus guidelines); 
  • collaborating with other unit administrators around course schedules/teaching assignments;
  • chairing or convening a curriculum committee and/or an honors committee (see the CCC's guidelines for honors and capstones);
  • representing the concentration(s) at various events hosted by the Dean of the College office; 
  • serving as a liaison to the Departmental Undergraduate Group (DUG); overseeing Concentration Declaration Day. 

Resources for Concentration Advisors and Directors of Undergraduate Studies

The Dean of the College office maintains regular contact with DUSes and other concentration advisors through a number of means, including:

  • Advising @ Brown: Concentration Advising, a self-paced online course for new concentration advisors in Canvas;
  • Orientation for new concentration advisors and department managers;
  • College Curriculum Council Reports on Best Practices for Honors and Best Practices for Capstones in the Concentration;
  • "Concentration Advising" Google Calendar (click here, then click
    [+Google Calendar] and select "add" when prompted)

  • Monthly emails on a range of topics;

  • DUS Lunches with the DOC, 12 - 1PM in the Brown Faculty Club.
    2018-19 Schedule:
    Tuesday, September 25 
    Wednesday, October 17
    Thursday, November 8
    Thursday, February 7
    Tuesday, March 12 

DUSes/Concentration Advisors may also wish to look up policies related to undergraduate advising.

Questions may be directed to Besenia Rodriguez, the senior associate dean for the curriculum, or Shannon O'Neill, the associate dean for the junior and senior classes.