The Women’s Studies Program is currently looking for Research and Teaching Assistants for the Spring 2014 - 2015 Academic Year.

Eligible applicants must meet the following criteria: 

  1. Ph.D. student in Arts and Sciences
  2. Applicants affiliated with Women’s Studies will receive preference

As part of your application please include

  • a copy of your CV
  • a cover letter describing your academic interests and experience
  • the semester you will be available to RA or TA
  • your graduate student status

 We will be trying to align students with faculty research interests and the courses to be offered next year – please be sure your application is complete

Because of the Graduate School’s double-dipping policy please note the following:  if you are no longer being funded by your department Women’s Studies will pay you directly; if you are still being funded by your department you will continue to receive that funding and funds from Women’s Studies will be transferred to your department and applied to your funding (in other words you will not receive additional funds). 

Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns about qualifications or these positions.


Submit your application to  no later than October 31st.  We hope to make decisions by April 11th.

Teaching Assistantships
Graduate students serve as TAs in a variety of Women's Studies undergraduate classes. The responsibilities of a TA can vary from class to class but generally TAs are involved in grading, leading discussions, holding office hours, and proctoring exams. Occasionally, a TA may be asked to offer a lecture. Professors are expected to clarify at the start of the semester TA roles and responsibilities. The current salary for a TA is $6000 (payment is dependent on the applicants funding status)

How to Apply:
These positions are open to all Duke University Arts and Sciences doctoral students with preference given to students enrolled in the Women's Studies’ Certificate or Graduate Scholars Colloquium. Applications are due on or before October 31, 2014 and should include a letter and CV as well as the following information:

  1. name, preferred address, phone number and email address
  2. brief statement of your departmental status (year; pre/post prelims, etc. research areas);
  3. statement of prior teaching-related experiences;
  4. the semester you are available

Research Assistantships
Research Assistantships are available each semester. Graduate students filling these positions typically work with faculty or in the Women's Studies Office.  The current salary is for an RA is $3000.  (payment is dependent on the applicants funding status)

How to Apply:
These positions are open to all Duke University Arts and Sciences doctoral students with preference given to students enrolled in the Women's Studies’ Certificate or Graduate Scholars Colloquium. Applications are due on or before October 31, 2014 and should include a letter and CV as well as the following information:

  1. name, preferred address, phone number and email address
  2. brief statement of your departmental status (year; pre/post prelims, etc. research areas);
  3. the semester you are available
  4. prior experience that may prepare you for this role

All questions and application materials should be directed Kim Carlisle, 210 East Duke Building, Box 90760 (or ).  PLEASE do not send incomplete applications

Women's Studies offers Graduate Instructorships each year. Instructions on applying are below. 

Graduate Instructors

Graduate Instructors teach various lower division and selected topics courses in the undergraduate Women's Studies curriculum. These courses are interdisciplinary in nature, and must integrate gender, race, class, and sexuality. Most graduate instructor positions are awarded to advanced graduate students with significant teaching experience.

In general, we are interested in courses that can be cross-listed with other interdisciplinary units, such as sexuality studies, film and video, African and African American Studies, Cultural Anthropology, Literature, Renaissance and Medieval Studies, Asian and Middle Eastern Studies, etc. We seek courses that will draw students to Women's Studies; expand their understanding of the connections between gender, race, sexuality, nationality, and class; and fulfill general requirements in University Curriculum. Course proposals that can be designated as Writing (W) and those in the following areas are preferred:

·       gender and economic systems;

·       health and medicine

·       law and public policy

·       cross-cultural analysis (e.g. Women in the Islamic World)

·       ethics

·       science and technology

·       sexuality studies

How to Apply:

Graduate Instructorships are open to all doctoral students with preference given to students enrolled in the Certificate in Feminist Studies or Graduate Scholars Colloquium.  Applications are due on or before January 22 for the following academic year. Your application should include a letter, CV, and preliminary syllabus of the proposed course, and the following:

  • name, preferred address, phone number and email address
  • brief statement of your departmental status (year; pre/post prelims, etc. research areas); 
  • statement of prior teaching experiences; 
  • description of coursework or other work that has served as preparation for teaching proposed class;  
  • the semester you are available to teach (Fall or Spring)

Sample syllabi from previously successful applications are available in the Women's Studies office. For further information, please contact Kim Carlisle at 919 684-3770 or . Decisions will be announced in late January.

Students may also find additional opportunities for research and jobs on DukeList.

Please contact for Research and Teaching assistant questions and information. 

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