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-Ph.D. 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 DGS. For further information, please contact Kim Carlisle at 919 684-3770 or kim.carlisle@duke.edu. 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.