EcoTeach Center

Staff at the Economics Center for Teaching (EcoTeach) optimize student experiences by providing educational guidance, helping them navigate transitions within and beyond the department. Students can visit their respective program assistants to ask questions related to courses, program requirements and processes, EcoTeach-funded positions, and any university resources they may require.

Location: Social Sciences 138
Hours: Monday - Friday, 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Resources & Services

Ph.D. Students

Ph.D. students come to EcoTeach for a variety of services. The office is a resource for prospective students, current students, and alumni. Beginning with admission and an orientation program, the EcoTeach office guides the Ph.D. student through the degree program, providing assistance with:

  • Advising 
  • Payroll
  • Liaison with the DGS
  • Job market preparation

Students can review their student records and receive guidance for both course and career choices. The EcoTeach office further encourages students' scholarly and professional development by organizing work opportunities as teaching assistants, research assistants, graduate assistants, graders, and tutors within the department, providing information on fellowship opportunities for continuing students, and overseeing the distribution of awards to support travel and data purchases.

EcoTeach strives to provide our Ph.D. students with the resources to successfully navigate the program, prepare for the job market, and obtain employment in the best economics research and teaching positions worldwide.

Learn more about our Ph.D. program.

Program Contacts

Professor Curtis Taylor
Director of Graduate Studies

Professor Christopher Timmins
Director of Ph.D. Placement

Kristen Orgera
Graduate Studies Program Coordinator

Julianne Bartlett
Ph.D. Program Assistant

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Master's Students

Master’s students, including prospective, current, and alumni, visit EcoTeach for answers to all administrative and academic matters in support of successful completion of their degree requirements. EcoTeach staff help with:

  • Academic advising 
  • Degree progression tracking
  • Research and academic assignments
  • Career services
  • Administrative issues such as: orientation, admissions, financial aid, course registration, graduation completion exercises, and payroll

A primary goal of the master's programs is to secure favorable placement for all our students. As a result, the program focuses directly on rigorous training for Ph.D. placement and administrative assistance for career placement.  

Learn more about our master's programs.

Program Contacts

M.A. Economics

Professor Kent Kimbrough
Director of Graduate Studies

Kristen Orgera
Graduate Studies Program Coordinator

Addie Stagg
M.A. Program Assistant

M.A. Analytical Political Economy

Professor Charles Becker
Co-Director of Graduate Studies, Economics

Professor Pablo Beramendi
Co-Director of Graduate Studies, Political Science

Kristen Orgera
Graduate Studies Program Coordinator, Economics

Kathy Ivanov
Graduate Program Coordinator, Political Science

Addie Stagg
M.A. Program Assistant, Economics

M.S. Economics and Computation

Professor Charles Becker
Co-Director of Graduate Studies, Economics

Professor Landon Cox
Co-Director of Graduate Studies, Computer Science

Kristen Orgera
Graduate Studies Program Coordinator, Economics

Marilyn Butler
Graduate Program Coordinator, Computer Science

Addie Stagg
M.A. Program Assistant, Economics

M.S. Quantitative Financial Economics

Professor Emma Rasiel
Director of Graduate Studies

Jennifer Valentyn
MQFE Program Coordinator

M.S. Statistical and Economic Modeling

Professor Emma Rasiel
Co-Director of Graduate Studies, Economics

Professor Sayan Mukherjee
Co-Director of Graduate Studies, Statistical Science

Kristen Orgera
Graduate Studies Program Coordinator, Economics

Addie Stagg
M.A. Program Assistant, Economics

Lori Rauch
Graduate Studies Assistant, Statistical Science

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Undergraduate Students

EcoTeach offers undergraduates academic advising to establish a coherent course of study in economics, thereby ensuring that students complete degree requirements in a timely manner. Undergraduates are encouraged to transition from consumers of economics research to active participants. To that aim, EcoTeach faculty and staff have implemented an initiative that includes research-focused field classes and senior research seminars that encourage the interchange of ideas, problems, and strategies among undergraduates and faculty in an environment similar to that which exists amongst graduate students and their advisors. Undergraduate students who complete an honors thesis are invited to the annual Undergraduate Research Symposium and ESU (Economics Student Union) Honors Poster Session. Senior theses are also published in the DJE (Duke Journal of Economics). EcoTeach also organizes the Allen Starling Johnson, Jr. Distinguished Lecturer Series, which brings financial and political insiders to campus to discuss relevant topics in economics with undergraduates.

The EcoTeach office also provides assistance with:

  • Degree progression tracking
  • Registration issues
  • Collaboration with the ESU
  • Honors theses
  • Undergraduate research
  • Payroll

Tutoring & Support Services 

Personal Course Tutors

Students who need help outside of class should first attend instructor and TA office hours and any review sessions offered for their particular course. Free tutoring is also available for ECON 101 and 201D through Duke's Peer Tutoring program.

If your needs extend beyond the above options, the EcoTeach Center can also provide a list of graduate students willing to tutor students in core economics courses (ECON 101, 201D, 205, 208, and 210). Students seeking a tutor for these courses should send their query to the undergraduate program assistant. It is the responsibility of the student to make all arrangements, including hourly rate and payments, with the tutor. For reference: Graduate student tutors typically receive $15 - 20/hour. EcoTeach does not sponsor or pay for individual tutoring.

Research Support Tutors

The EcoTeach Center will fund one-on-one tutoring in various statistical and research support software (i.e. STATA, E-views, Mathematica, LaTeX, SPSS, and SAS) for undergraduates pursuing research as part of the Honors Program. To request tutoring, send an email to ecoteach@econ.duke.edu.

Support Services

Learn more about our Undergraduate program.

Program Contacts

Professor Connel Fullenkamp
Director of Undergraduate Studies

Professor Grace Kim
Associate Director of Undergraduate Studies

Amy Clayton
Senior Program Coordinator

Jennifer Becker
Undergraduate Program Assistant

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