*The majority of courses were proposed and reviewed, and those instructors were selected based on their proposals. However, alternative applications for instructors will be reviewed should an opening become available for existing courses. If you are interested in working for Duke Pre-College Programs this summer, we strongly encourage you to select one of our other available positions.


Position Summary:

Instructors are content experts who are responsible for overseeing teaching and learning engagements for Pre-College Program participants, Monday - Friday. Students are in class weekdays from 9:00 a.m.- 4:00 p.m. during residential and lab week sessions. Online sessions are held in two groups: Group A has daily synchronous meetings from 9:00-10:15 a.m. and 11:00 a.m.-12:15 p.m. ET, and Group B from 1:00 - 2:15 p.m. and 3:00 – 4:15 p.m. ET during the online session. In all courses, assignments should be given outside of these class times.

In additional to required preparation before and after class, Instructors are responsible for preparing and teaching academically engaging courses and managing a learning environment where participants can thrive personally and academically. Instructors will have the support of the Academic Coordinator, Academic Program Assistant, and Teaching Associates. Instructors are expected to be present at instructional staff training and work closely with teaching associates before the start of the course.

*Although Instructors are required to maintain a highly visible presence while on campus, they are not required to live on campus.


The successful candidate will have a *master’s degree or higher, or a bachelor’s degree with equivalent qualifications and experience in the content area for which they are applying; classroom and educational leadership experience; experience using Zoom and learning management systems such as Sakai; enjoy spending structured and unstructured time with adolescents; have excellent communication and interpersonal skills; and be able to provide leadership in the classroom for students and teaching associates.

General Expectations:

  • Maintain the highest level of attention to risk management and safety for staff and students.
  • Understand and adhere to FERPA, HIPPA, TITLE IX, and confidentiality guidelines.
  • Possess cultural sensitivity awareness and a commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion.
  • Demonstrate a strong understanding of all student and staff materials having reviewed and learned these prior to the start of the program.
  • Be active on campus during Duke Pre-College summer program dates and maintain high visibility and availability for the duration of the program for risk management purposes.
  • Lead, guide, and support students and staff and set the tone of the site through a consistent, positive interpersonal style while performing job duties.
  • Remain committed to working as a team player and have the ability to work independently when appropriate.
  • Uphold all Duke University policies as applied to the Duke Pre-College Summer Programs.

Specific Duties:

  • Be prepared to deliver engaging, participant-centered course lessons approximately 6 hours per day, Monday - Friday.
  • Work in unison with Academic Coordinators and Teaching Associates.
  • Review curriculum prior to the start of the program and request any academic supplies needed.
  •  Set up a Sakai course site with any asynchronous activities, readings, etc. before the start of each session.
  • Ensure the ratio of 1 adult to 10 students but not meet with students one-on-one.
  • Participate in Zoom and Sakai training sessions as needed.
  • Directly mentor and provide guidance for Teaching Associates.
  • Maintain effective communication with the Academic Coordinator.
  • Communicate with the instructional and administrative staff throughout the program.

Additional Requirements:

  • Should driving be required, provide documentation of a clean driving record from the last three years and be comfortable driving Duke University vehicles.
  • Agree not to consume alcoholic beverages on Duke University’s campus, nor be on campus in an inebriated state.
  • Provide a written report two weeks after the program to the director outlining program highlights and success as well as suggestions for future improvement and growth.
  • Successfully pass the Duke University criminal background check and online training for working with minors.
  • Agree to adhere to all duties before, during, and after the program as outlined in the staff materials.

Dates & Compensation:

2-Week Residential Program Instructors*

  • Session 1 – June 20-30, 2023 (in-person)
  • Session 2 – July 5-15, 2023 (in-person)
  • Session 3 – July 18-28, 2023 (in-person)
    • University Faculty - $4,500 per course per section
    • Professional, experienced teachers with graduate degree - $4,300 per course per section
    • Graduate Students - $3,300 per course per section

*up to $500 travel reimbursement for instructors not living locally

High School Lab Week Instructors*

  • July 9-14, 2023 (in-person)
    • University Faculty - $2,050 per course
    • Professional, experienced teachers with graduate degree - $1,850 per course
    • Graduate Students - $1,650 per course

*up to $500 travel reimbursement for instructors not living locally

High School Two-Week Online Program Instructors

  •  July 17-28, 2023
    •  University Faculty - $2,700 per course per section
    •  Professional, experienced teachers with graduate degree - $2,500 per course per section
    • Graduate Students - $2,300 per course per section

* Meals and activities fees are included, as well as campus housing as needed.