Duke University, Center for Documentary Studies

Position ID:Duke University-Center for Documentary Studies-LB24 [#27208]
Position Title: Lehman Brady Visiting Professorship
Position Type:Non-regular rank faculty
Position Location:Durham, North Carolina 27705, United States [map] sort by distance
Subject Areas: Art Education
Teaching and Learning
Appl Deadline:2024/03/27 11:59PMhelp popup (posted 2024/02/21, listed until 2024/03/27)
Position Description:    

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The Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University and the Department of American Studies at the University of North Carolina–Chapel Hill invite applications for the 2024-2026 Lehman Brady Visiting Joint Chair Professorship. 

The professorship, open as to rank, provides an innovative artist, writer, documentarian or scholar a two-year position. The first year is not fully residential but involves a series of week-long visits to engage with faculty, students and community groups, as appropriate, to present on work-in-progress, and to undertake planning for the second, residential year. 

During the second year, the holder of the professorship will be in residence in Durham to conduct research, participate in educational and community-building activities, and design and carry out a significant creative public engagement project connecting university staff, faculty, students and participants from local and regional communities. During that second year, the Lehman Brady Professor will also teach undergraduate and/or graduate courses on both campuses and engage in presentations, outreach and other events for students and the general public. 

This professorship is supported by two Duke endowment funds, one established by the Lyndhurst Foundation and the other established by the bequest of Lehman Brady, an attorney from Durham, North Carolina, who died in 1995. 

Applications will be accepted through March 27, 2024. 


Applicants may propose projects and courses from among these disciplines (or related fields): 
  • Documentary studies/documentary arts 
  • American studies 
  • History 
  • Journalism 
  • Fine arts (including painting, sculpture, drawing, photography, cinematic arts, installation, new media, digital arts)
  • Folklore
  • Audio/sound studies 
  • Creative writing 
  • Poetry 
  • Theater 

Fall Semester 2024: Two week-long site visits to Duke and UNC–Chapel Hill; meetings with faculty, staff, students, community members. Course proposals due late November 2024 for Fall 2025 classes; should the holder of the professorship wish to seek funding from Duke’s Bass Connections program, proposals will be due early November 2024 for the 2024-25 academic year. Professor paid partial salary and provided with a research fund.

Spring Semester 2025: Two week-long site visits to Duke and UNC–Chapel Hill; introductory events; meetings with faculty, staff, students, community members. Recruit participants for creative project. Professor paid partial salary and provided with research fund. 

July 1, 2025: Start of full-time professorship, full-time residency in Durham/Chapel Hill area, creative project implementation.

Fall Semester 2025: Teach one semester-long course at each university; creative project implementation.

Spring Semester 2026: Teach one semester-long course at each university; creative project implementation; significant public event, exhibition and/or screening held at Duke, UNC–Chapel Hill and/or community venue.


Year 1 (four week-long site visits): One-fifth of salary for year 2; research fund; temporary office; access to university libraries, computer labs, facilities.

Year 2: Full salary and Duke University benefits; research fund; office space; studio space; access to university libraries, computer labs, facilities Eligibility 

Applicants must be legally authorized to work in the U.S. 

Applicants with a terminal degree (Ph.D., MFA) must have graduated at least five years ago. Applicants with equivalent mid-career credentials, as evidenced by publications, exhibitions, films or other similar achievements, must have at least ten years of relevant experience. 

Duke University and University of North Carolina–Chapel Hill students, faculty and staff are not eligible to apply. 


To apply via the online SlideRoom portal, you will be asked to submit: 

  • Cover letter 
  • CV 
  • Proposal for documentary project to be undertaken in year 2 of the professorship (2 pages maximum) 
  • Personal statement of teaching philosophy (2 pages maximum) 
  • Statement about equitable engagement with documentary practice (2 pages maximum) 
  • Creative work sample (see FAQs for details) 
  • 2 undergraduate and/or graduate semester-long course proposals (one page each) 
  • Course evaluations for the last three courses taught (as available) 
  • 3 references (names and addresses only; letters are not needed at this time).

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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Contact: Erika Kramer
Email: email address
Postal Mail:
1317 West Pettigrew Street
Durham, NC 27705
Web Page: https://documentarystudies.duke.edu/news/lehman-brady-visiting-professor-documentary-studies-american-studies-2024-26