Duke University, Center for Documentary Studies

Position ID:Duke University-Center for Documentary Studies-CDSSP24 [#25561, 1554]
Position Title: Instructors
Position Type:Non-regular rank faculty
Position Location:Durham, North Carolina 27705, United States [map] sort by distance
Subject Area: Art Education
Appl Deadline:2023/09/20 11:59PMhelp popup* (posted 2023/09/05, listed until 2023/09/20)
Position Description:   URMs  

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Duke University invites candidates to apply for part-time faculty positions, each to teach one of three Spring 2024 courses in the Certificate for Documentary Studies Undergraduate Education Program:
  • Documentary Studies 115S/714S Intro to Black & White Photography (Fridays, 10:05 am to 12:35 pm)
  • Documentary Studies 135S/735S Intro to Audio Documentary (Wednesdays, 6:15 to 8:45 pm)
  • Documentary Studies 480S Capstone Seminar in Documentary Studies (Fridays, 1:25 to 3:55 pm)

These part-time Instructor (#1554) faculty positions will be administered by the Center for Documentary Studies, in partnership with Trinity College of Arts & Sciences, at Duke University. These positions are classified as positions within the University’s non-regular rank faculty union. Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience for a per-course load for instructors. Faculty from other institutions who would be “visiting faculty” to Duke are welcome to apply. Qualified candidates may apply for more than one position; see application instructions below.

The successful candidates will be experienced artists with a masters of fine arts degree, a doctorate in a field related to documentary studies, or equivalent professional experience; and will present with a demonstrated talent for mentoring student work in the relevant mediums.

All courses will be taught in-person on Duke University’s campus in Durham, NC during the spring semester of 2024. The course times noted above are non-negotiable.

Course Descriptions

Documentary Studies 115S/714S Intro to Black & White Photography

Foundation class in photography utilizing black and white film and a wet darkroom. Shoot, process, and print individual student work throughout the semester. Emphasis on the documentary approach and a continual visual exploration of meaning and metaphor in the form of regular assignments, slide lectures of important historic and contemporary photographic work, and critiques of each other’s work.

Documentary Studies 135S/735S Intro to Audio Documentary   

Recording techniques and audio mixing on digital editing software for the production of audio (radio) documentaries. Various approaches to audio documentary work, from the journalistic to the personal; use of fieldwork to explore cultural differences. Stories told through audio, using National Public Radio-style form, focusing on a particular social concern such as war and peace, death and dying, civil rights.

Documentary Studies 480S Capstone Seminar in Documentary Studies

Immersion in fieldwork-based inquiry and in-depth projects that serve as Certificate in Documentary Studies capstone experiences for students. Methods of documentary fieldwork, including participant observation, and modes of arts and humanities interpretation through a variety of mediums (including papers, film, photography exhibits, radio pieces, and performances).


The Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University teaches, engages in, and presents documentary work grounded in collaborative partnerships and extended fieldwork that uses photography, film/video, audio, narrative writing, and experimental and new media to capture and convey contemporary memory, life, and culture. CDS values documentary work that balances community goals with individual artistic expression. CDS promotes documentary work that cultivates progressive change by amplifying voices, advancing human dignity, engendering respect among individuals, breaking down barriers to understanding, and illuminating social injustices. CDS conducts its work for local, regional, national, and international audiences.

Residing at the nexus of the documentary arts and active engagement in broader society, the mission of the undergraduate program in Documentary Studies is to allow students to connect their educational experiences and creative expression to broader community life through documentary fieldwork projects, while they also examine theoretical and practical issues related to this work through readings, screenings, and classroom discussion.


To Apply

To apply, submit the following to: https://academicjobsonline.org/ajo/jobs/25561
  • Cover letter
  • CV
  • Personal statement of teaching & research
  • Diversity statement
  • Link to examples of your creative work (relevant to the course for which you are applying)
  • Course evaluations for last three courses taught (as available)
  • 3 references (just names & addresses; letters are not needed at this time)
And forward your materials to the email address below that corresponds to the course for which you are applying to teach:
  • docst-spring24-instructor115@duke.edu
  • docst-spring24-instructor135@duke.edu
  • docst-spring24-instructor480@duke.edu
If you are applying to teach more than one course, please submit a separate application for each course.

For inquiries and e-mail correspondence, please write to the email address relevant to the course to which you are applying.

Application deadline: September 20, 2023.


Duke University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer committed to providing employment opportunity without regard to an individual's age, color, disability, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or veteran status.

Duke aspires to create a community built on collaboration, innovation, creativity, and belonging. Our collective success depends on the robust exchange of ideas-an exchange that is best when the rich diversity of our perspectives, backgrounds, and experiences flourishes. To achieve this exchange, it is essential that all members of the community feel secure and welcome, that the contributions of all individuals are respected, and that all voices are heard. All members of our community have a responsibility to uphold these values.

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