Thompson Writing Program Fellowships

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 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, 2015.  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 2015 will not be considered.  To apply use our online application form at: .  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: 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, 2014 and ends October 1, 2014.  Applications received by 11:59 pm EST (Eastern Daylight Time) October 1, 2014 will be guaranteed consideration. 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 December 15, 2014.  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.

The application is now openThe application period will begin September 1, 2014 and will end October 1, 2014.  Applications received by 11:59 pm EST (Eastern Daylight Time) October 1, 2014 will be given full consideration.  Thank you for your interest in the Thompson Writing Program. 

We invite you to browse our website to learn more about our approaches to teaching academic writing. You'll particulary want to see:

Information about Writing 101 (20)

Information for teachers of Writing 101 (20)


If you have any questions about the TWP fellowships, please contact:

    • marcia

, Director of Faculty Development and Assessment, at .


Guidelines for Writing 101 (20) Course Descriptions/Synopses:

- position writing as central to the work of the course

- provide students with a strong sense of the kinds of writing projects they will encounter

- write it in such a way as to be accessible to a wide range of readers, including first-year students (i.e.,avoid jargon, define terms, and use idioms and cultural references with restraint)

For sample Writing 101 (20) course descriptions, please click here.

For additional guidelines on teaching Writing 101 (20), please click here.

For Writing 101 (20) course goals and practices, please click here.