Faculty Story: Rann Bar-On, Mathematics

Faculty Story: Rann Bar-On, Mathematics

I have been at Duke since 2003, first as a PhD student, and now as teaching faculty. In all those years, it has been an honor to pursue my passion for teaching mathematics to bright, ambitious undergraduates from extremely diverse backgrounds.

As a lecturer in the Mathematics Department, I have been treated relatively well at Duke: I am paid enough to consider buying a house and raising a family in it, I have a five year contract, and I have been sponsored for an employment-based Green …

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Faculty Story: Rebecca Bach, Sociology

The situation for adjuncts is that of an underclass in the Duke system. Full professors at Duke are among the highest paid in the country. Assistant professors can start at over $100,000 per year. An adjunct who is paid to teach two courses a semester, a full teaching load in many departments, earns just $30,000 per year and has no benefits or job security. A union provides the only opportunity for contingent faculty to support ourselves and our families.

For Professor Bach’s story, and other stories from …

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Duke faculty vote yes!

Duke faculty vote yes!

In a landmark victory for non-tenured faculty across the country, Duke non-regular-rank faculty have voted overwhelmingly to join SEIU. On Friday, March 18, votes from the all-mail ballot election were counted at the Winston-Salem office of the National Labor Relations Board—yielding a resounding 174-29 tally in favor of a union.

Our victory marks the first faculty union election at a private university in the South in decades. The effort started last year when we formed Duke Teaching First to bring awareness about contingent faculty working conditions on campus. Now, we join over …

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Durham City Council Passes 7-0 Resolution Supporting Duke Faculty

Durham City Council Passes 7-0 Resolution Supporting Duke Faculty

On Thursday, the Durham City Council passed a resolution in support of non-tenure track faculty, endorsing our rights to improve our working conditions and to have a collective voice on campus without interference from the administration.

The resolution received unanimous support from members of the City Council and the Mayor.

The resolution is just another way students, full-time professors, community leaders and elected officials are coming together to support us as we help build a nationwide movement to improve standards for the profession.

“These faculty want to have a collective voice to help …

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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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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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Faculty op-ed: Finding a better “new normal”

Faculty op-ed: Finding a better “new normal”

MJ Sharp, an Instructor in the Center for Documentary Studies and a member of the Organizing Committee of Duke Teaching First, describes the changing face of academia and the need for a faculty union:

What perhaps used to be a temporary teaching status, when you paid your dues for a few years with uncertain employment and very humble earnings until you found permanent, gainful employment, is now the permanent reality for a huge swath of university instructors…. I believe that those of us with the ability and passion to …

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