Undergraduate Teaching at Duke Kunshan University
Duke Kunshan University offers several opportunities for Duke faculty to teach in new ways and to engage with a global student body and faculty colleagues in China. At Duke Kunshan, academic work is intensive and modular. Classes are discussion based, generally enrolling 20 or fewer students. Students take two classes over a 7-week term, meeting for 5 hours each week on a Monday-Thursday schedule.
All majors have interdisciplinary and disciplinary components. The former serve as the entry point and primary definition of a students’ academic community. The latter provide specialized training and prepare students for advanced study. Finally, a student’s signature work focuses on a question, problem or issue and includes independent research, a senior thesis or creative production.
More information on the core courses, majors, and electives at Duke Kunshan University, as well as the signature structural features of the curriculum can be found on the Duke Kunshan website. Teaching opportunities for Duke faculty at Duke Kunshan range from a single 7-week session, to a semester (two 7-week terms), to a full academic year.
Duke Kunshan has specific teaching needs as well as opportunities to offer selected elective courses. Inquiries are welcome from faculty in all relevant fields. Faculty who wish to explore opportunities for teaching at DKU in 2018 and beyond should contact Noah Pickus, Associate Provost at Duke and Dean of Undergraduate Curricular Affairs and Faculty Development at Duke Kunshan.
While Duke faculty are encouraged to explore teaching opportunities at Duke Kunshan, it is important to coordinate those efforts with the needs of the home departments or programs at Duke. A faculty member interested in teaching at Duke Kunshan University must therefore write their Chair, DUS and DGS for an endorsement. This request is then forwarded to the divisional dean, who will coordinate it with the leave request process (December 1 deadline for the following year).
Graduate Teaching at Duke Kunshan University
Faculty from Duke can also be part of the teaching community in the graduate programs at Duke Kunshan University. For specific opportunities at the graduate level, interested faculty should contact the director of the relevant Master's program for more information.
Global Fellowships for Teaching at Duke Kunshan
Duke post-doctoral scholars and advanced graduate students interested in teaching at Duke Kunshan are invited to apply for the Duke-Duke Kunshan Global Fellows Program. Up to five Fellows will be selected to teach two courses over a 5-month stay at Duke Kunshan. Awards are for one semester, with the possibility of renewal for a second semester. Applications for the 2020-2021 academic year will be reviewed on a rolling basis until November 1, 2019.
More information about teaching at Duke Kunshan, including a list of current full-time faculty openings can on the Duke Kunshan University website.