From Duke student to Duke faculty: An interview with Tina Del Carpio, Biology

From Duke student to Duke faculty: An interview with Tina Del Carpio, Biology

Instructor Tina Del Carpio, a Duke Teaching First supporter from the Department of Biology, sat down to discuss what it’s like to teach at Duke, the transition from student to faculty, and the relationship between science instruction and gender equality. Stay tuned at duketeachingfirst.org for ongoing faculty interviews.

Duke Teaching First: Let’s start with the nuts and bolts. What are you currently teaching and working on?

Tina Del Carpio: I work as a lab instructor in Biology 201, Intro to Molecular Biology. It’s a really huge course. We typically …

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Why is Duke paying female faculty less?

Why is Duke paying female faculty less?

Across the country, female faculty at 4-year private colleges earn up to 14% less than their male counterparts.1

At Duke, female faculty receive lower pay than their male counterparts, at rates that exceed the national average.

Across job titles, from lecturer to full professor, the salary disadvantage at Duke is up to 26% less. For full-time female faculty, this means only 74 cents on the dollar.

Since faculty salary data is only available for full-time faculty, it’s likely that data on part-time faculty salaries would reveal an even higher overall …

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February 9: Join the Conversation on Campus Diversity

February 9: Join the Conversation on Campus Diversity

On, February 9, Duke Teaching First will host a conversation about faculty diversity on college campuses with leaders of the California Faculty Association. To save your place at the event, register here.

Cecil Canton and Charles Toombs are Vice Presidents of the California Faculty Association (CFA), which has led the fight for fair and inclusive employment policies for university faculty. CFA is a union of 23,000 professors, lecturers, librarians, counselors and coaches who teach in the California State University system.

Following a brief presentation, audience members will have the opportunity to …

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Take the Duke Faculty Survey

Take the Duke Faculty Survey

As non-tenure track faculty at Duke, we care deeply about our university, our students, and our disciplines. But we know from a survey released last semester that we lack the voice, respect, and transparency that we need. Among the results of the survey:

Only 3% of respondents felt that decision-making procedures at Duke are clear and transparent;
70% of respondents reported that Duke does not provide an opportunity for all faculty to have a voice in decisions made at our university;
67% felt that the senior leadership of …

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Faculty diversity: An argument for a faculty union

Faculty diversity: An argument for a faculty union

What does faculty diversity have to do with our effort to form a union?

Zoe Willingham, a Trinity junior and the President of Duke United Students Against Sweatshops, explains in the Chronicle:

“[P]rofessors of color are more likely to be underpaid and experience job insecurity at Duke. Minority professors are more likely to be contingent faculty, non-tenure-track faculty that work without benefits or long term employment contracts. 54 percent of Hispanic faculty, 54 percent of Asian faculty and 52 percent of African American faculty are non-tenure track, …

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