Lecturer or Senior Lecturer in Public Policy at Duke Kunshan UniversityDuke Kunshan University

07/03/2020 Annemieke van den Dool



Duke Kunshan University (DKU) and Duke University invite applications to a regular rank, non-tenure track, Lecturer or Senior Lecturer position in public policy to begin in the academic year 2020-2021. Mid-career and senior faculty are especially encouraged to apply.


We will consider applications from a wide range of areas, including but not limited to environmental policy, urban policy, and health policy, and are especially interested in candidates able to teach policy analysis and policy processes. Successful candidates will articulate how they might contribute to DKU's interdisciplinary curriculum.


The successful non-tenure-track candidate will obtain a contract of between two and four years, depending on previous teaching experience and institutional needs, and will teach between four and six courses per year on DKU’s campus in China. The position offers competitive compensation on a U.S. pay scale. DKU is a community of teachers and researchers that values mutual support. We encourage especially candidates with experience and ability in the classroom or demonstrated promise as a teacher.


In order to meet Chinese visa requirements, prior to the position start date international (non-Chinese) candidates must have worked full-time (work experience obtained while studying full-time is not considered as full-time work experience) for at least two years in a relevant area (including post-doctoral work) after receiving their Bachelor’s degree, or begin their appointment at DKU within 12 months of obtaining their master’s degree/PhD and without having full-time work experience between graduation date on master’s degree diploma/PhD diploma and position start date. 


DKU is a collaborative partnership of Duke University, Wuhan University and the Municipality of Kunshan, China (https://dukekunshan.edu.cn/). Our campus provides an innovative, interdisciplinary undergraduate liberal arts experience to a student body that will number 2000 students and 150+ faculty, with an acceptance rate of <8% and a student body represented by over 40 countries. We also offer a series of Master’s level graduate programs. The DKU pedagogical model draws on the best of Duke’s educational experience and resources to reimagine undergraduate instruction on an intimate campus setting.  


Similar to the best liberal arts colleges in the United States, DKU values dedication to teaching excellence in a liberal arts environment, as well as a strong commitment to successful scholarly engagement and research. This includes research with undergraduate students.  As a whole, the Duke Kunshan faculty will have strong commitments to teaching and research, and outstanding quality in both areas will be highly valued. 


Candidates must hold a PhD degree or equivalent in an appropriate field. Applicants should provide a cover letter including a clear statement of the candidate’s specific interest in DKU, a curriculum vitae, a research statement, and a teaching statement, as well as three reference letters. All materials should be submitted through Academic Jobs Online: https://academicjobsonline.org/ajo/jobs/16107 .


The search committee also invites and encourages letters of nomination for potential candidates. Nominations and questions about the positions may be sent to social-science-search@dukekunshan.edu.cn using “Public Policy Search” as the subject line. Priority will be given to applications received by April 1, 2020; we will accept applications until the positions are filled.  


The DKU campus is 37 miles west of Shanghai in Kunshan and is connected to Shanghai via an 18-minute high-speed train. DKU provides internationally competitive compensation, housing allowance, child education benefits (for applicable faculty positions), and a discretionary fund or start-up package.  


As an international intellectual community that encourages diversity, openness and creative learning, DKU welcomes outstanding faculty from around the world who contribute diverse perspectives and experiences to a global learning and research environment. DKU particularly welcomes applications from underrepresented groups and minorities.