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Lehman Brady Visiting Joint Chair Professorship

Duke University
Durham, North Carolina (US)

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The Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University and the Department of American Studies at the University of North Carolina–Chapel Hill invite applications for the 2024-2026 Lehman Brady Visiting Joint Chair Professorship.

The professorship, open as to rank, provides an innovative artist, writer, documentarian or scholar a two-year position. The first year is not fully residential, but involves a series of week-long visits to engage with faculty, students and community groups, as appropriate, to present on work-in-progress, and to undertake planning for the second, residential year.

During the second year, the holder of the professorship will be in residence in Durham to conduct research, participate in educational and community-building activities, and design and carry out a significant creative public engagement project connecting university staff, faculty, students and participants from local and regional communities. During that second year, the Lehman Brady Professor will also teach undergraduate and/or graduate courses on both campuses and engage in presentations, outreach and other events for students and the general public.

This professorship is supported by two Duke endowment funds, one established by the Lyndhurst Foundation and the other established by the bequest of Lehman Brady, an attorney from Durham, North Carolina, who died in 1995.

Applications will be accepted through March 27, 2024.



Applicants may propose projects and courses from among these disciplines (or related fields):

  • Documentary studies/documentary arts
  • American studies
  • History
  • Journalism
  • Fine arts (including painting, sculpture, drawing, photography, cinematic arts, installation, new media, digital arts)
  • Folklore
  • Audio/sound studies
  • Creative writing
  • Poetry
  • Theater



Fall Semester 2024: Two week-long site visits to Duke and UNC–Chapel Hill; meetings with faculty, staff, students, community members. Course proposals due late November 2024 for Fall 2025 classes; should the holder of the professorship wish to seek funding from Duke’s Bass Connections program, proposals will be due early November 2024 for the 2024-25 academic year. Professor paid partial salary and provided with a research fund.

Spring Semester 2025: Two week-long site visits to Duke and UNC–Chapel Hill; introductory events; meetings with faculty, staff, students, community members. Recruit participants for creative project. Professor paid partial salary and provided with research fund.

July 1, 2025: Start of full-time professorship, full-time residency in Durham/Chapel Hill area, creative project implementation

Fall Semester 2025: Teach one semester-long course at each university; creative project implementation

Spring Semester 2026: Teach one semester-long course at each university; creative project implementation; significant public event, exhibition and/or screening held at Duke, UNC–Chapel Hill and/or community venue



Year 1 (four week-long site visits): One-fifth of salary for year 2; research fund; temporary office; access to university libraries, computer labs, facilities

Year 2: Full salary and Duke University benefits; research fund; office space; studio space; access to university libraries, computer labs, facilities



Applicants must be legally authorized to work in the U.S.

Applicants with a terminal degree (Ph.D., MFA) must have graduated at least five years ago. Applicants with equivalent mid-career credentials, as evidenced by publications, exhibitions, films or other similar achievements, must have at least ten years of relevant experience.

Duke University and University of North Carolina–Chapel Hill students, faculty and staff are not eligible to apply.



To apply via the online SlideRoom portal, you will be asked to submit:

  • Cover letter
  • CV
  • Proposal for documentary project to be undertaken in year 2 of the professorship (2 pages maximum)
  • Personal statement of teaching philosophy (2 pages maximum)
  • Statement about equitable engagement with documentary practice (2 pages maximum)
  • Creative work sample (see FAQs for details)
  • 2 undergraduate and/or graduate semester-long course proposals (one page each)
  • Course evaluations for the last three courses taught (as available)
  • 3 references (names and addresses only; letters are not needed at this time)


Virtual Office Hours:

Applicants are invited to attend drop-in office hours via Zoom and pose questions through the anonymous Q&A feature. All times listed are local to North Carolina (eastern time U.S.).


Read our Diversity Profile History

Duke University was created in 1924 by James Buchanan Duke as a memorial to his father, Washington Duke. The Dukes, a Durham family that built a worldwide financial empire in the manufacture of tobacco products and developed electricity production in the Carolinas, long had been interested in Trinity College. Trinity traced its roots to 1838 in nearby Randolph County when local Methodist and Quaker communities opened Union Institute. The school, then named Trinity College, moved to Durham in 1892, where Benjamin Newton Duke served as a primary benefactor and link with the Duke family until his death in 1929. In December 1924, the provisions of indenture by Benjamin’s brother, James B. Duke, created the family philanthropic foundation, The Duke Endowment, which provided for the expansion of Trinity College into Duke University.Duke Campus

As a result of the Duke gift, Trinity underwent both physical and academic expansion. The original Durham campus became known as East Campus when it was rebuilt in stately Georgian architecture. West Campus, Gothic in style and dominated by the soaring 210-foot tower of Duke Chapel, opened in 1930. East Campus served as home of the Woman's College of Duke University until 1972, when the men's and women's undergraduate colleges merged. Both men and women undergraduates now enroll in either the Trinity College of Arts & Sciences or the Pratt School of Engineering. In 1995, East Campus became the home for all first-year students.

Duke maintains a historic affiliation with the United Methodist Church.

Home of the Blue Devils, Duke University has about 13,000 undergraduate and graduate students and a world-class faculty helping to expand the frontiers of knowledge. The university has a strong commitment to applying knowledge in service to society, both near its North Carolina campus and around the world.

Mission Statement

Duke Science"James B. Duke's founding Indenture of Duke University directed the members of the University to 'provide real leadership in the educational world' by choosing individuals of 'outstanding character, ability, and vision' to serve as its officers, trustees and faculty; by carefully selecting students of 'character, determination and application;' and by pursuing those areas of teaching and scholarship that would 'most help to develop our resources, increase our wisdom, and promote human happiness.'

“To these ends, the mission of Duke University is to provide a superior liberal education to undergraduate students, attending not only to their intellectual growth but also to their development as adults committed to high ethical standards and full participation as leaders in their communities; to prepare future members of the learned professions for lives of skilled and ethical service by providing excellent graduate and professional education; to advance the frontiers of knowledge and contribute boldly to the international community of scholarship; to promote an intellectual environment built on a commitment to free and open inquiry; to help those who suffer, cure disease, and promote health, through sophisticated medical research and thoughtful patient care; to provide wide ranging educational opportunities, on and beyond our campuses, for traditional students, active professionals and life-long learners using the power of information technologies; and to promote a deep appreciation for the range of human difference and potential, a sense of the obligations and rewards of citizenship, and a commitment to learning, freedom and truth.Duke Meeting

 “By pursuing these objectives with vision and integrity, Duke University seeks to engage the mind, elevate the spirit, and stimulate the best effort of all who are associated with the University; to contribute in diverse ways to the local community, the state, the nation and the world; and to attain and maintain a place of real leadership in all that we do.”

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