TWP Global Lecturing Fellowship

The TWP is not running a lecturing search in 2017. Please check again next year.

We have two aims for the Thompson Writing Program Global Lecturing Fellows at Duke:

  • To build a top-flight faculty for our first-year course in Academic Writing and our DKU course, Writing across Cultures; and
  • To offer the individuals who join us as Fellows a strong set of opportunities to develop as both scholars and teachers of undergraduates.

Terms of Contract

Appointment is for an initial three years, with possible renewable after successful review and contingent upon continued program needs at DKU.  Salary is competitive with a strong benefits package, and with opportunities for professional development.


Fellows are required to submit materials each semester including student evaluations and course materials. These materials are reviewed by TWP Program Directors. During the second semester of your second year of teaching at Duke, your work in the program will be formally reviewed by the TWP Program Directors. (See Teaching Portfolio for a fuller description of the review process.) If your second-year review is positive, your contract will possibly be extended for an additional two years, for a total of five years.


Fellows design their own versions of Writing 101: Academic Writing and teach 2 sections of this course during the semester in which they are in Durham. Fellows design their own versions of Writing 230SK: Writing across Cultures and teach 2 sections of this course during the semester in which they are in DKU. Sections of both courses are limited to 12 students. (See Writing 101 Goals and Practices and Writing across Cultures Goals and Practices for more information. A number of other assignments may, from time to time, take the place of teaching one section of Writing 101 (20) and/or Writing 230SK. While Global Lecturing Fellows are in Durham, these might include teaching a writing-in-the-disciplines course or serving as an Associate Director of the TWP; while Global Lecturing Fellows are at DKU, these might include assisting with program administration for the DKU Writing Center or tutoring DKU students in writing.

Summer Seminar in Teaching and Writing

All new Global Lecturing Fellows are required to participate in the Summer Seminar in Teaching Writing. 

Professional Development

The Thompson Writing Program sponsors a series of speakers and seminars on issues of professional interest to Fellows. The program's directors also work to connect Fellows to colleagues in their home departments at Duke and beyond.

Computer Support and Office Space

Fellows are provided with a private office and a laptop computer (either Mac or PC). The computer provided is considered property of Duke University and must be returned at the end of the appointment. Access to faxes, laser printers, scanners, data projectors, CD-burners, and other types of computer software and equipment is also available.

How to Apply

To apply use our online application form. You will be asked to upload as a single pdf document a CV, a letter in which you discuss your aims in teaching writing and your experience with/interest in teaching in an international context, and two brief course proposals: One proposal for an Academic Writing seminar and one proposal for a Writing across Cultures seminar. Each of these proposals should be modeled on the course synopses and guidelines available on our website: Academic Writing synopses; Writing across Cultures synopses. We may subsequently ask you to provide other supporting materials, including a more detailed course outline, and teaching materials. Persons with disabilities requiring accommodations in the application and/or interview process please contact Dr. Denise Comer, Chair, Global Writing Lecturing Fellows Search, Thompson Writing Program, Duke University, Box 90025, Durham, NC 27708-0025.


Application period begins December 21, 2016 and applications must be received by 11:59 PM EDT (Eastern Daylight Time) February 17, 2017. DEADLINE IS FIRM. IMPORTANT: All submissions are final. You WILL NOT be able to change your application information after you have applied for a position. The Thompson Writing Program cannot alter submitted applications.

We will inform you of the status of your application in March. 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.