The Academic Enterprise
Professional Schools & Graduate Programs
Dartmouth is one institution, enhanced by the strength of its professional and graduate programs. Collaboration among the four faculties and between undergraduate and graduate students helps to define Dartmouth’s intellectual niche. Over the course of the past decade, there has been thoughtful examination of curriculum and positioning at Tuck, Thayer, DMS and the graduate programs in the Arts and Sciences.
Dartmouth Medical School has earned acclaim for its thoughtful approach to teaching not only the required technical skills and science, but also the art of practicing medicine. The school has also emerged as a world leader in examining the delivery of health care and in related policy development. The Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice links researchers across the campus and is educating a new generation of health care leaders. Offering both M.D./Ph.D. and M.D./M.B.A degrees, DMS has also become known for wide ranging, innovative interdisciplinary research, including programs in cell and molecular biology, cancer, ethics, genetics, immunology, and infectious diseases. The school’s research links extend across the entire campus and include numerous collaborations with Arts and Sciences faculty as well as with those in Thayer School. Professor Bill Green has recently assumed leadership at DMS as dean and is carefully stewarding several new initiatives, including our collaboration with Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center. The faculty is also moving ahead with plans for improvements to the medical student curriculum, specifically by adding elective clerkship offerings for year three of medical school. In addition, DMS has expanded its required and elective clerkship opportunities in more urban health center settings by the recent affiliation with California Pacific Medical Center.
Under the leadership of Dean Paul Danos, the Tuck School has effectively capitalized on its singular focus, the M.B.A program, and has frequently appeared among the top ten or at the very top of business school/M.B.A. program rankings in our country. Beginning in 1997, Tuck established five research centers, all of which bring a cross-disciplinary focus to issues driving the economy. The centers have enhanced the curriculum, enriching the learning environment for students, and connecting the school more directly with practicing managers and corporations. Leadership development is central to Tuck’s mission, and the school has created an effective leadership forum for first-year students. With the help of generous donors, it has also established the James M. Allwin Initiative for Corporate Citizenship and the Cohen Leadership Development Program. Strategic planning for the next phase of Tuck’s development has been completed, and the school now looks forward to the dedication of the Tuck School Living and Learning Complex in December 2008.
Thayer School is among the smallest of the Ph.D.-granting schools of engineering, yet it appears proudly within the top tier of all schools in per capita measures of performance. Under Dean Joseph Helble, Thayer has articulated its particular focus on entrepreneurship and innovation, on energy-related issues, and on the interface between engineering and medicine. This past summer Thayer initiated an innovation track within its Ph.D. program, with an enrollment of four talented students in its first class. We believe this is the first explicit program of its kind in the country. Thayer was awarded a Luce Foundation award in support of Ph.D. fellowships for this program. Thayer’s efforts to provide undergraduate and graduate students with hands-on experience at all levels of the curriculum received a huge boost with the dedication of the MacLean Engineering Sciences Center in 2006. The school’s entrepreneurial spirit and success have become increasingly evident in the past eight years, during which time a quarter of the faculty have been involved in start-up companies, and eleven student teams in the first introductory undergraduate engineering course have filed for patent protection for their work.
Dartmouth’s 17 doctoral programs and seven masters programs in the Arts and Sciences are small and selective, benefiting from our focused efforts to attract and matriculate a diverse pool of outstanding students. Providing more flexibility than many professional Ph.D. programs and offering close apprentice/colleague relationships between students and research supervisors, the programs have effectively built their strengths on interdisciplinary/interdepartmental connections, strong research, and a commitment to mentoring and teaching. In the last decade, Ph.D. students have also benefited from an increased number of Department of Education and National Science Foundation grant-funded training programs, allowing focused interdisciplinary experiences. All of our Arts and Sciences graduate programs are recognized for excellence, and many of our graduate students move on to postdoctoral positions in the top research laboratories. Newly appointed Dean of Graduate Studies Brian Pogue is continuing our efforts to promote cross-disciplinary study and improve career preparation and quality of life for our graduate students.