Graduate students deliver petition for neutrality

Graduate students deliver petition for neutrality

On Friday, a delegation of Duke graduate students delivered a petition to the Provost’s office—with more than 200 signatures—calling on the administration not to interfere in our efforts to form our union.

The petition reads:

“Yes, I support the Duke contingent faculty union!”

Dear President Brodhead and Provost Kornbluth,

We, the undersigned members of the Duke University Graduate School, are writing to express our support for Duke Teaching First and its decision to form a union with Faculty Forward. We share their view that adjuncts and other contingent …

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Updated Frequently Asked Questions

Updated Frequently Asked Questions

As we move closer to our election, we have updated our Frequently Asked Questions page. Here are the recent additions:

Who is eligible to vote in the upcoming election?
Non-regular rank faculty teaching this semester in the Trinity School of Arts and Sciences, the Center for Documentary Studies, and the Graduate School are eligible to vote in this election. We are also continuing to build support among non-tenure track, regular rank faculty. If you have not already joined the effort, the first step you can take is …

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We have our election dates!

We have our election dates!

We are pleased to announce the dates for our union election with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB). In this upcoming union election, the eligible participants are non-regular rank faculty teaching this semester in the Trinity School of Arts and Sciences, the Center for Documentary Studies, and the Graduate School.

The NLRB will send mail-in ballots to your home address on March 3rd and will count them at their offices in Winston-Salem on March 18th. To commit to vote yes, and to ensure that the …

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Raising Standards as Regular Rank Faculty

As our non-regular rank colleagues vote to form their union in the weeks ahead, we are continuing to organize as regular rank, non-tenure track faculty in Duke Teaching First. If you have not already joined the effort, the first step you can take is filling out this union authorization card.

You can also contact regular rank members of the Organizing Committee by sending an email to duketeachingfirst@gmail.com. We welcome your deepened involvement and ideas as we build on our campaign to make Duke a better …

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NC House members stand with Duke faculty

NC House members stand with Duke faculty

Four members of the North Carolina House of Representatives—Verla Insko, Susan Fisher, Pricey Harrison, and Bobbi Richardson—have written to President Brodhead and Provost Kornbluth, expressing their support for Duke faculty organizing and asking the administration to take a neutral stance. We are grateful to receive ongoing support from our elected leaders.

Read their letter below, and click here to read more statements of support from public officials.

Dear President Brodhead and Provost Kornbluth:

North Carolina has long been known for its outstanding system of higher education. Between our public system and …

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Durham city leaders are standing with Duke faculty

Durham city leaders are standing with Duke faculty

As we move closer to forming our union, we are proud to have the support of Durham city leaders. Check out these statements of support. For more on community support for our organizing, go to OurDuke.org.

Jillian Johnson, Durham City Council and Duke Alumna

“I’m so happy to have the opportunity to support the growing faculty union at my alma mater, Duke University. Duke and Durham have a critical relationship, and what happens at Duke impacts so many of Durham’s families. I’m excited for this opportunity for faculty …

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From Duke student to Duke faculty: An interview with Tina Del Carpio, Biology

From Duke student to Duke faculty: An interview with Tina Del Carpio, Biology

Instructor Tina Del Carpio, a Duke Teaching First supporter from the Department of Biology, sat down to discuss what it’s like to teach at Duke, the transition from student to faculty, and the relationship between science instruction and gender equality. Stay tuned at duketeachingfirst.org for ongoing faculty interviews.

Duke Teaching First: Let’s start with the nuts and bolts. What are you currently teaching and working on?

Tina Del Carpio: I work as a lab instructor in Biology 201, Intro to Molecular Biology. It’s a really huge course. We typically …

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Why is Duke paying female faculty less?

Why is Duke paying female faculty less?

Across the country, female faculty at 4-year private colleges earn up to 14% less than their male counterparts.1

At Duke, female faculty receive lower pay than their male counterparts, at rates that exceed the national average.

Across job titles, from lecturer to full professor, the salary disadvantage at Duke is up to 26% less. For full-time female faculty, this means only 74 cents on the dollar.

Since faculty salary data is only available for full-time faculty, it’s likely that data on part-time faculty salaries would reveal an even higher overall …

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February 9: Join the Conversation on Campus Diversity

February 9: Join the Conversation on Campus Diversity

On, February 9, Duke Teaching First will host a conversation about faculty diversity on college campuses with leaders of the California Faculty Association. To save your place at the event, register here.

Cecil Canton and Charles Toombs are Vice Presidents of the California Faculty Association (CFA), which has led the fight for fair and inclusive employment policies for university faculty. CFA is a union of 23,000 professors, lecturers, librarians, counselors and coaches who teach in the California State University system.

Following a brief presentation, audience members will have the opportunity to …

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From Durham to Madagascar: An interview with Tara Clarke, Evolutionary Anthropology

From Durham to Madagascar: An interview with Tara Clarke, Evolutionary Anthropology

Professor Tara Clarke, a Duke Teaching First supporter from the Department of Evolutionary Anthropology, sat down to discuss her research, her responsibilities as a non-tenure-track faculty member, and her visions for academia. Stay tuned at duketeachingfirst.org for ongoing faculty interviews.

Duke Teaching First: What are you currently working on at Duke?

Tara Clarke: For the spring semester, I’m teaching Introduction to Evolutionary Anthropology. We cover evolutionary theory, genetics, primate diversity, the behavioral ecology of living primates, the fossil record, and some modern human …

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