How to write a diversity statement

Monday, September 23, 12:00 to 1:30 pm, Rubenstein Library, Room 249
Dr. Francisco Ramos, Assistant Dean for Assessment and Evaluation

Combining interactive exercises, best practices and real world examples, Dr. Francisco Ramos will guide participants through the process of writing a diversity statement for the academic job market. Lunch will be provided. 


the teaching statement

Tuesday, September 24, 3:00 to 4:30 pm, Perkins Library, Room 217
Dr. Hugh Crumley, Assistant Dean for Academic Affairs

A teaching portfolio is more than a collection of documents: it is set of claims about your teaching and evidence to support them. In this workshop, Dr. Crumley will examine how claims and evidence can be framed in way that allows graduate students and postdocs to demonstrate your skills (or potential) as a university instructor in a teaching statement supported by materials created by you (such as videos, handouts and student assignments). 

This workshop is co-sponsored with the 2019-20 Academic Job Search Series.


careers in academic administration

Thursday, January 23, 12:00 to 1:00 pm, Carpenter Conference Room, Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library
Dr. Melissa Bostrom, Assistant Dean for Graduate Student Professional Development

You like working in academia, but you want to explore options for careers beyond tenure-track and teaching-focused positions. This overview will introduce you to major categories of employment opportunities in academic administration and help you get started in exploring the options of greatest interest.

This event is part of the 2019-20 Academic Job Search Series, co-sponsored by The Graduate School, the Duke Career Center, and the Office of Postdoctoral Services, and is co-sponsored with Teaching Ideas. Questions? Contact The Graduate School's professional development team at


honing your versatility as a future faculty member

Wednesday, January 23, 12:00 to 1:30 pm, Upper East Side (East Student Union, East Campus)

Garry Bertholf, Assistant Professor of African American Studies, Wesleyan University
Collie Fulford, Associate Professor of English Composition and Rhetoric, North Carolina Central University
Craig Quintero, Associate Professor of Theater and Dance, Grinnell College
Eva Michelle Wheeler, Associate Professor of Spanish, Oakwood University
Lisa Blair, Instructor of French and Spanish, Durham Technical Community College (with Patricia Bass, Duke doctoral student)
Marina DelVecchio, Instructor of English and Women’s Studies, Durham Technical Community College (with Maggie McDowell, Duke doctoral student)

Higher education is far from monolithic, yet it’s a challenge for many doctoral students to get a full understanding of what faculty roles and teaching duties entail at different colleges and universities. In this lively lunchtime conversation, six visiting faculty—all 2019-2020 Fellows through Duke’s Mellon Humanities Unbounded grant—share an insider view of faculty life at institutions beyond the R1 university. What are the joys and challenges of these roles? What might doctoral students expect in different educational settings, and how can they best prepare to teach in a rapidly changing higher ed landscape? 

This event is co-sponsored by Humanities Unbounded, The Graduate School, Duke Career Center, and the Office of Postdoctoral Services


how to challenge race and gender bias in student evaluations (webinar)

Tuesday, March 24, 2:00 to 3:00 pm

Studies consistently show that student evaluations are biased against women faculty and faculty of color. Yet, higher education institutions continue to lean heavily on students’ evaluations of teaching for hiring and promotion decisions. This webinar is designed for faculty and administrators to better understand how student biases become transformed into institutional inequalities based on race and gender. The webinar provides administrators and faculty in leadership positions with a range of potential solutions for eliminating or minimizing the negative impacts of biased student evaluations. Recognizing that institutional change takes time, however, the webinar also provides strategies for empowering women faculty and faculty of color on how to advocate for themselves, particularly in situations where they are not being fully supported.

Duke graduate students can access this webinar sponsored by the National Center for Faculty Development & Diversity through Duke's institutional membership.