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: Alexander Motten, Biology

Faculty Story: Alexander Motten, Biology

A significant proportion of undergraduate teaching at Duke is carried out by non-tenure track faculty, but salaries, workloads, lengths of contract, and opportunities for advancement vary greatly. While many of us are no doubt well treated, others among us rightfully feel taken advantage of. My impression is that the University’s commitment to non-tenure track faculty as a group has diminished in recent years, and I would like to see that issue addressed so that our undergraduates can be assured of the high quality …

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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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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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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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Faith-Based Justice Council Supports Duke Faculty

Faith-Based Justice Council Supports Duke Faculty

The Justice Council of the Eno River Unitarian Universalist Fellowship has voted unanimously to support Duke Teaching First, joining a range of campus and community allies. The Justice Council’s resolution reads:

The Justice Council of the ERUUF strongly supports Duke contingent faculty’s right to organize a campaign to democratically decide whether to join a union as a way to strive for respect, fairness and representation at Duke.

We believe that Duke contingent faculty have legitimate concerns about how they are supported at Duke, thus affecting their abilities to provide responsible and …

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Take the Duke Faculty Survey

Take the Duke Faculty Survey

As non-tenure track faculty at Duke, we care deeply about our university, our students, and our disciplines. But we know from a survey released last semester that we lack the voice, respect, and transparency that we need. Among the results of the survey:

Only 3% of respondents felt that decision-making procedures at Duke are clear and transparent;
70% of respondents reported that Duke does not provide an opportunity for all faculty to have a voice in decisions made at our university;
67% felt that the senior leadership of …

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Student Voice: Casey Stanton, Divinity School

Student Voice: Casey Stanton, Divinity School

Casey Stanton, a student at the Divinity School, says why she supports Duke Teaching First:

I was encouraged that the Divinity School General Student Body Meeting voted unanimously to endorse our contingent faculty who are forming a union. The campaign to raise standards on our campus will benefit all faculty and students.

Earlier in the Fall, the General Student Body of Duke Divinity School voted unanimously to endorse the campaign.

Are you a current undergraduate student, graduate student, or alum? Sign a statement of support for Duke faculty …

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Faculty Story: Carol Apollonio, Slavic and Eurasian Studies

Faculty Story: Carol Apollonio, Slavic and Eurasian Studies

I‘ve taught at Duke for over thirty years, first in the invisible ranks, and then (beginning in the late 1980s) as one of the very first crop of Professors of the Practice. I’m proud to place teaching at the center of my mission, though I am also a recognized senior scholar and citizen in my field. At Duke, I contribute passionately in every imaginable area of undergraduate life, in faculty governance, and in many other capacities. This long service testifies to my devotion to the …

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