Current GSF Openings
for Duke Graduate Students

As of August 2016, we are seeking a TA for Spring 2017, for a Tues-Thurs 10 AM course on East campus. Please contact the DGS, Ara Wilson, if interested. (Read below for what information to provide.)

GSF may also have Research Assistant (RA) hours available this 2016-17 year. Contact the for information. Preference given to those on campus. See below for what to include in an application.

ANNUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES
FOR DUKE GRADUATE STUDENTS

The Gender, Sexuality, and Feminist Studies program regularly hires Duke graduate students: 

Information about these positions is distributed through calls over email and on the website; contact the or for more information.

As part of your application please be sure to include:

  • the semester you will be available and any blackout times and conflicts;
  • your graduate student status, including confirmation that you are eligible for payment for this role according to the Graduate School.

Because of the Graduate School’s double-dipping policy please note the following:  if you are no longer being funded by your home department, Gender, Sexuality, and Feminist Studies will pay you directly; if you are still being funded by your department, you will continue to receive that funding; funds from Gender, Sexuality, and Feminist Studies will be transferred to your department and applied to your funding. Unfortunately, due to Graduate School policy, you will not receive additional funds.

Graduate Instructors

Each year, Gender, Sexuality, and Feminist Studies selects two or more students to teach undergraduate courses in a competitive application. Graduate Instructors teach specific courses in the GSF undergraduate curriculum. Most graduate instructor positions are awarded to advanced graduate students with significant teaching experience; priority is given to students in the GSF Certificate program. TAing in GSF offers excellent preparation for these courses and we welcome applicants who have filled a TA role in the GSF program. More information will be given in an email call for applications.

Instructorships are considered preparation for the field of Gender, Sexuality, Women's Studies and allied interdisciplinary fields. Therefore, we mainly make available courses that are recognizable courses in this field, rather than specialized niche topics. These courses are interdisciplinary in nature, and must integrate gender, race, class, and sexuality. We are most interested in courses that reach new student bodies and that can potentially attract new majors, minors, and enrollments. In particular, courses that might appeal to undergraduate students in such tracks as Global Health, Public Policy, Pre-Med, STEM fields, and Social Sciences are especially welcome. We also welcome courses that enhance our offerings, for example through foci on area studies (Asian, African, Latin American Studies), black and Latinx feminism, and courses for the minor in sexuality studies (apart from queer theory). 

We are interested in syllabi that:

  • pitched to the appropriate level for Duke undergraduates for the specific course;
  • will encourage students to take further Gender, Sexuality, and Feminist Studies courses and consider a major or minior;
  • expand their understanding of the connections between gender, race, sexuality, nationality, and class;
  • and, fulfill existing general requirements in University Curriculum. Course proposals that can be designated as Writing (W) or Research (R) and first-year seminars are welcome.

How to Apply:

Graduate Instructorships are open to all doctoral students with preference given to students enrolled in the Certificate in Feminist Studies. (For non-PhD terminal-degree students, please contact the DGS to discuss your application.) Generally we send out calls over email lists for applications; otherwise, the default deadline is January 22 for the following academic year.

Follow any specific guidelines given in the call. Your application should include a CV and a 1-2 page preliminary syllabus of the proposed course, and the following information:

  • name, preferred address, phone number and email address;
  • brief statement of your departmental status (year; pre/post prelims; research areas); 
  • statement of prior teaching experiences (include TAships);
  • description of coursework or other work that has served as preparation for teaching proposed class;  
  • the semester you are available to teach (Fall or Spring)

You can discuss your proposed course in advance with the. For further information, please contact Kim Carlisle at 919 684-3770 or . Decisions will be announced in late January or six weeks after a call.

Students may also find additional opportunities for research and jobs on DukeList.

Teaching Assistantships (TA)
Graduate students serve as TAs in a selection of Gender, Sexuality, and Feminist Studies undergraduate classes. The responsibilities of a TA can vary from class to class but generally TAs are involved in grading, leading discussions, managing online course aids (e.g., Sakai), advising students, and proctoring exams. TAs may be asked to offer a lecture or teach a class session, depending on the course. Professors are expected to clarify at the start of the semester TA roles and responsibilities. The current salary for a TA is $6000 (payment is dependent on the applicant's funding status)

How to Apply:
These positions are open to all Duke University Arts and Sciences doctoral students with preference given to students enrolled in the Gender, Sexuality, and Feminist Studies’ Certificate or the Graduate Scholars Colloquium. Master's or MFA students may be eligible as well.

GSF issues calls for TA roles over emails and on this website. A default for applying is October 15th for the entire following year or March 30th for Spring term the following year, however, Duke PhD students may write asking about openings or expressing interest in the TA role at any time.

Applications should include a letter and CV as well as the following information:

  1. name, preferred address, phone number and email address;
  2. brief statement of your departmental status (year; pre/post prelims, etc).
  3. statement of prior teaching-related experiences and general research areas or background (can include undergraduate majors or other studies, if relevant to the course);
  4. the semester(s) you are available and any blackout periods or particular time constraints (e.g., getting to East or West campus);
  5. confirmation that you are eligible for TA pay, according to the Graduate School.

Research Assistantships
The RA role offers overlooked benefits beyond offering a source of income. Working with GSF faculty, who generally will come from field's outside of one's home department, exposes RAs to a broader interdisciplinary array of methods, questions, and resources, which may have relevance for graduate research but which otherwise brings familiarity with other streams of scholarship in the gender/sexuality field. RAs have often formed long term associations with their faculty supervisor, who may become an informal mentor, a letter writer, or source of entrée into professional domains. Having faculty connections beyond one's home discipline is particularly important for the interdisciplinary scope of the GSF and Women's Studies field.

At least one Research Assistantship is available each semester. At times, we can divide one RA position into two half-time roles. Graduate students filling these positions typically work with faculty on research or at times in other professional domains (e.g., on funded lecture series; doing outreach for a program). On rare occasion, they may be assigned time in the Gender, Sexuality, and Feminist Studies Office.  The pay is the standard of $6000 (payment is dependent on the applicants funding status). Official hours are approximately 19.5 per week; actual hours are arranged with the faculty member supervisor.

How to Apply:
These positions are open to all Duke University Arts and Sciences doctoral students with preference given to students enrolled in the Gender, Sexuality, and Feminist Studies’ Certificate or Graduate Scholars Colloquium. MA or MFA students may be eligible as well. The program issues calls for RAships; otherwise, the default deadline is by October 31 for the following year.  Applications should include a letter and CV as well as the following information:

  1. name, preferred address, phone number and email address
  2. brief statement of your departmental status (year; pre/post prelims, etc); confirm that you are eligible for RA pay;
  3. the semester you are available and any blackout periods, travel, or time conflicts;
  4. list your broad research fields, subfields, and topics and list relevant experience and skills (e.g., training in methods; software or computer skills; archival experience; reading competence in non-English languages; quantitative abilities, etc).

All questions and application materials should be directed Kim Carlisle, 117 East Duke Building, Box 90760 (or ). 

PLEASE do not send incomplete applications

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Information about the Residential postdoctoral fellow in GSF for the 2017-18 year will be posted during the Fall 2016 term.

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