Online Instructor

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Online Instructors for the Duke TIP eStudies Program are responsible for teaching challenging and high-engagement courses for academically gifted middle and high school students using TIP’s Canvas learning management system and selected instructional technology tools. Duke TIP curriculum offers high-­level questions, tiered assignments and projects, and interest­-based explorations. Creative projects are encouraged and Socratic discussion is expected in synchronous live sessions via web conferencing software and asynchronous discussion forums. The TIP philosophy encourages online instructors to approximate the face­-to-­face experience by building a community of learners excited to go deeper with skills and ideas. Online programs at TIP enroll a maximum of twenty-five students per course.

Online instructors are responsible for evaluating student performance and are required to monitor activity on the course site daily, respond to student and parent questions within twenty-four hours, and provide timely and substantive feedback on student work.

Instructors for eStudies teach middle and high school students in a seven-and-a-half week summer term (June–July) with preterm tasks beginning in April and post-term tasks concluding in August.

Preterm tasks include professional development, administrative training, and minimal course preparation. Post-term tasks include student feedback, surveys, and/or evaluations.


A bachelor’s degree is required. At least five years of online or face-­to-­face teaching experience is required, as is experience with elementary, middle, and/or high school students and experience with programs or curricula for academically gifted students. Applicants must demonstrate depth of knowledge in course-­specific subject matter and/or a level of preparedness sufficient to teach challenging material. Applicants with background in curriculum design, online teaching, and instructional design are strongly preferred. Applicants must possess a genuine interest in the academic, social, and emotional growth of gifted adolescents and a willingness to work cooperatively with the Duke TIP internal team, students, parents, and other faculty. Applicants must have a strong interest in current teaching practices and instructional technology. Candidates should possess strong writing and communication skills, and must be sufficiently familiar with working in an LMS, working in the Cloud (Google apps), presentation software, and with other software applications. Candidates should be creative and innovative thinkers who are committed to engaging high-ability students fully in an online experience.


Online Instructors are hired for the following programs:


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