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The Thompson Writing Program (TWP) promotes excellence in teaching with a focus on active learning and writing as a means of critical inquiry.  It is widely acknowledged to be one of the premier academic writing programs in the country.  Our instructional model is imitated and the leadership of the program are in demand as consultants for writing and general education curricula.

Thompson Writing Program Fellowship

We anticipate offering several postdoctoral fellowships on a multidisciplinary faculty charged with teaching an innovative first-year course in Academic Writing.  We seek candidates with a Ph.D. in any field and a demonstrated commitment to undergraduate teaching.  Fellows are asked to draw on their disciplinary training and interests to design a seminar-style course introducing students to academic writing.  Teaching load is five (5) sections of Academic Writing per year, with each section limited to 12 students.  Appointment is at a level of Lecturing Fellow (non-tenure-track), starting July 1, 2016.  Contract is for an initial three years, renewable after successful review for two more years.  Salary is competitive with a strong benefits package, and with opportunities for professional development.  Applications from ABDs are welcome; however, candidates who are not scheduled to complete their dissertations by May 2016 will not be considered.  To apply use our online application form at: http://twp.duke.edu/fellowships/apply-for-a-fellowship   You will be asked to upload as a single pdf document a CV, a letter in which you discuss your aims in teaching Academic Writing, and a brief proposal for a writing seminar modeled on course synopses posted on our website:  http://twp.duke.edu/writing-101 We may subsequently ask you to provide other supporting materials, including a more detailed course outline, other course materials, and recommendations.  Persons with disabilities requiring accommodations in the application and/or interview process please contact Dr. Marcia Rego, Chair, Lecturing Fellows Search, Thompson Writing Program, Duke University, Box 90025, Durham, NC 27708-0025.  Application period begins September 1, 2015 and ends October 1, 2015.  Applications must be received by 11:59 pm EDT (Eastern Daylight Time) October 1, 2015.  DEADLINE IS FIRM.  IMPORTANT: You WILL NOT be able to change your application information after you have applied for a position. We will inform you of the status of your application by mid-December.  No phone calls please. Those with PhDs in STEM disciplines or the quantitative social sciences are especially encouraged to apply. Duke is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer committed to providing employment opportunity without regard to an individual's age, color, disability, genetic information, gender, gender identity, national origin, race, religion, sexual orientation, or veteran status.

Thompson Writing Program Annual Events

The Thompson Writing Program (TWP) helps students develop as writers from their first through senior years at Duke, and supports faculty who teach writing in a wide range of courses across the curriculum. We do this in several ways:


Deliberations, the TWP's journal of first-year writing, is published every October. The journal features original student essays from the previous year's first-year writing classes. During Family Weekend, the authors discuss their projects at a reception honoring their work.


The National Day on Writing (October 20) is a day to celebrate writing in all its diverse forms. Campuses around the country plans activities that explore how we write, when we write, why we write, and what we write. The TWP invents a new prompt every year, then encourages people from across the Duke community to talk about their writing and writing practices.

Branches of the Thompson Writing Program

First-Year Writing

Writing 101: Academic Writing is a one-semester course taken during the first year by all Duke University undergraduate students.

TWP Writing Studio

The TWP Writing Studio offers Duke University undergraduate and graduate students an opportunity to meet with trained writing tutors to discuss individual writing concerns.

Writing in the Disciplines

The primary aim of the Writing in the Disciplines program is to support our faculty in all aspects of their work with student writing. This includes consulting on assignment design to developing new W-coded courses to offering workshops on giving feedback and grading.

Faculty Write Program

The Faculty Write Program focuses on faculty-as-writers and aims to reinvigorate commitments to writing and teaching writing at Duke. The program cultivates multidisciplinary communities of writers to advance faculty writing and conversations about writing and research across the curriculum.

    • TWP Faculty Fall 2015
TWP Writing Studio Reopens for fall on Monday, September 7th and launches a new East Campus Site!
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Fall hours in the TWP Writing Studio will be Monday-Thursday, 9:00 am - 4:00 pm, 6:00 - 9:00 pm and Sunday evenings 6:00 - 9:00 pm.

We look forward to seeing you on West Campus in Perkins 112.

On East Campus, we invite you to visit our new, spacious Studio location in the Bivins Building, Room 107 (take the center door and we're on the main floor on the right) from 9:00 am - 4:00 pm., or stop by our tables on the second floor of Lilly Library from 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm.

Thompson Writing Program Fellowship Positions
Thank you for your interest in the Thompson Writing Program.  We have openings for two very distinct positions.  Please ensure that you use the correct application link for the position you are seeking.  
TWP Lecturing Fellow position(s)

Application period begins September 1, 2015 and ends October 1, 2015.

Global Writing Lecturing Fellow position(s)

Application period begins September 15, 2015 and ends October 15, 2015.


Visit the Language, Arts + Media Program website to find blog posts, resources, and more information about how the TWP aims to spark dialogue across Duke regarding the opportunities and responsibilities of teaching undergraduates in a digital age.

Spring 2015 Newsletter

Click here to view the Spring 2015 issue of Duke Writes, Newsletter of the Thompson Writing Program.  This issue contains an article about Vicki Russell, Founding Director of the Writing Studio, Writing 101, Civic Engagement and the upcoming event  What’s Your Story?