Faculty Recruitment

Strengthening excellence across schools and programs through rigorous and inclusive hiring guidelines, policies, and practices

Guidelines, Expectations, and Resources

Duke works diligently to attract faculty who excel in their fields of study and show exceptional promise. Duke’s core values and signature efforts around interdisciplinarity, internationalization and diversity help foster a supportive and dynamic intellectual climate where visionary thinkers can actualize their most promising ideas.
Duke’s signature initiatives shape our hiring plans each year, as we seek new faculty to expand our expertise in exciting fields of study and new, high-impact areas of inquiry and further strengthen disciplinary education for our undergraduate and graduate students.
The Provost approves and supports the annual search plans for all schools except the schools of Medicine and Nursing. Each fall, deans appoint search committees in conjunction with their school’s divisional deans and/or department chairs.
Duke casts a broad net for applicants, advertising in scholarly publications and at professional meetings, initiating discussions with colleagues at other institutions and working through established networks.
Search committees review each candidate’s files, invite strong candidates for interviews, and recommend a short list of candidates to the dean and provost. Top candidates visit campus to present a seminar or conference and meet faculty, staff and students in the unit or units in which they would be engaged.
The Vice Provost for Faculty Advancement and the Associate Vice Provost for Academic Diversity are available to meet with candidates or to correspond via e-mail or telephone. These faculty leaders help address a candidate’s individualized interests and concerns. For instance, a candidate might have questions about living in the Research Triangle area as a single person, or may have dual career/partner concerns, which they may not wish to discuss with the search committee, particularly early in the process.
Duke and Durham have been highly ranked in a number of surveys in recent years relating to business, education, food, housing, health and lifestyle, among others.