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The Social Science Research Institute (SSRI) is the interdisciplinary social science research institute of Duke University. SSRI brings together researchers with interests in problems that cross the various social and behavioral sciences, including problems that connect with the humanities and natural sciences. We promote multidisciplinary collaboration among such scholars as they work on important social issues that are challenging to address fully from within any given discipline.

This position provides support for SSRI including marketing, event planning, social media, and communications.


  • Develop and maintain professional contacts and affiliations with the local and national news media to promote the dissemination of news and publicity related to assigned areas.
  • Design various publications such as fliers and posters for print and online advertisements according to budgetary and schedule requirement. Collaborate with team members on messaging and design. This may include, but is not limited to, the design or modification of existing materials using design software.
  • Create ads and maintain SSRI digital screens and ensure display ads are sent to appropriate departments on campus.
  • Publicize Institute events through newspaper, flyer advertisements, Internet calendars, email listservs.
  • Implement social media initiatives.Build capacity via social media outlets.
  • Identify synergies with other social science initiatives. Identify new trends and opportunities appropriate for SSRI participation. Engage current students and researchers to connect and participate in social media platforms.
  • Take photos for events, websites, publications, etc.
  • Create video projects for use on Web and social media. Includes filming, editing and posting.
  • Write interest stories, press releases, and/or highlights on Bass Connections (Education and Human Development theme), researchers and faculty.
  • Update web content for SSRI site as well as various project and affiliate sites.
  • Manage small projects including the development of brochures and folders. Coordinate post design printing services; research vendors; obtain quotes; follow up on ordering, receipt, and payment process; work with publications/copy center on announcements, etc.
  • Maintain communications database, listservs, mailing lists, etc.
  • Promote and participate in SSRI information sessions and other recruiting efforts.
  • Provide administrative and logistical support of SSRI events including workshops, seminars, meetings, and activities as well as to the communications team.
  • Perform other related duties incidental to the work described herein.

EDUCATION/TRAINING Undergraduate degree preferred with coursework in design, marketing, or communications desired. Must demonstrate strong project support skills as well as refined written and oral communication skills. Ability to manage multiple responsibilities simultaneously in a fast-paced environment. Proficiency in technology, including web-based programs, presentation hardware, etc. Solid writing skills and attention to detail. Proficiency in social media tools. Skills in digital photography and videography. Must possess strong and creative communication (oral and written), and customer service skills. Must be comfortable networking in-person, via phone and technology. Strong initiative, creativity, and attention to detail.

EXPERIENCE Requires four years of experience in journalism, public relations, marketing, design or related field with experience posting and publishing through print and electronic mediums. The successful candidate will possess a willingness to take initiative and be proactive. Must possess the ability to work independently, as well as in teams. Experience working in an academic environment is preferred. Work requires strong oral and written communications skills, including editing abilities. The ability to understand academic research and translate it for a lay audience is crucial. Experience with Digital Photography, Drupal, WordPress, Final Cut Pro, Photoshop, InDesign, and social media platforms are preferred.

Minimum Qualifications

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Work requires college training equivalent to non-technical Bachelor's degree or Associate's degree in mathematics or computer science or equivalent technical training.


Work generally requires one year of experience as a multimedia specialist or related position to acquire competency in the maintenance and repair of multimedia equipment and services. OR AN EQUIVALENT COMBINATION OF RELEVANT EDUCATION AND/OR EXPERIENCE

Apply here with Req code: 105186BR


This position supports the Master in Interdisciplinary Data Science (MIDS) program and is responsible for a broad range of activities that support the administration of the program and other SSRI related educational activities.

Work Performed:

The program coordinator will assist in the development and execution of the tactical implementation of the program, ensuring continuous improvement of administrative and logistical operations. The program coordinator also serves as the assistant to the DGS, and helps students navigate the integration of the different facets of academic life into a fulfilling and coherent academic and career plan. Specific responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

MIDS Development

  • Develop and improve MIDS student programming related to cohort building, brand development, career readiness, and general wellness
  • Identify and establish relationships with the potential community or university partners
  • Manage communications and meetings with university partners

Educational Programming

  • Coordinate with the MIDS faculty director and the SSRI associate director for education, research and evaluation to evaluate and collect data about MIDS educational services and courses
  • Manage course catalog materials and process new course requests and changes for MIDS and SSRI education programs
  • Manage course scheduling (includes overseeing room reservations, managing TA appointments, and coordinating with course instructors)
  • Develop handbooks and supporting information for MIDS students and faculty
  • Support course operations by providing general support for students and faculty, and managing yearly instructional plans, course material submissions, and classroom technology requirements
  • Serve as liaison with the Graduate School, the SISS office, the University Registrar, Admissions, and other departments
  • Manage and document Capstone project progress


  • Design, budget, implement and coordinate all logistics for academic events including pre-term preparation sessions (boot camps), course review sessions, team building activities, job interview training workshops, other professional development workshops, and job fairs
  • Design, coordinate, and be onsite to manage special events such as orientation, graduation, end-of-year celebration, and other social events
  • Coordinate logistics for related events and meetings by negotiating with vendors, communicating with faculty/staff/students and guests, working with involved university departments, and managing travel
  • Manage program databases, applications data, and FAQS
  • Manage day-to-day financial procurement, payments, reimbursements, reconciliations, and program reporting
  • Ensure faculty compensation and departmental and school obligations are met
  • Work with the associate director for finance and administration on projections and annual budget preparation
  • Represent SSRI/MIDS and serve on departmental committees as assigned
  • Recommend staffing actions, and train and supervise related program staff (i.e., temporary staff and work-study students)

Student Interaction and Services

  • Manage all communications with applicants and students, including pre-application questions, questions about transitioning to Duke, questions about post-Duke life
  • Oversee program email lists and announcements
  • Design, implement, document, and evaluate programming to ensure students have a smooth transition between admission and matriculation
  • Develop and maintain positive relationships with students through formal and informal advising
  • Be the primary contact for students about academic, health, and life matters
  • Coordinate and track faculty-student mentor relationships to ensure student needs and milestones are met
  • Coordinate with faculty, the Admissions and Registrar's offices, the Graduate School, Career Services, International Office, directors of graduate studies, alumni relations, Student Affairs, Student Wellness Center, and other University entities to provide students with necessary information and resources for support to successfully complete their degree
  • Work with MIDS staff to help design, implement, document, and evaluate programming for career development skills
  • Help track and evaluate summer internships
  • Work with the MIDS faculty director and the SSRI associate director for education, research and evaluation to assess the quality of the student experience, and recommend improvements

Apply here with Req code: 104866BR


The Social Science Research Institute (SSRI) and the Department of Computer Science at Duke University are jointly seeking applicants for an adjunct teaching position (non-tenure). Candidates must have a PhD in computer science or a related discipline, or industry experience/expertise commensurate with having earned a Ph.D. Specifically, the candidate should have expertise in natural language processing, text mining, information retrieval, and/or related areas, and must be qualified to teach undergraduate and graduate courses on these subjects. The preferred candidate will have college teaching experience, a strong commitment to working with students on projects, the ability and passion to help develop new courses along with any necessary labs, and high personal motivation and responsibility.

The position may start as early as November 2018. 

The main responsibility is to teach one course per semester (for a total of two per year). These will include required and elective courses in text analysis for:

Master in Interdisciplinary Data Science (MIDS) Program, jointly administered by the Information Initiative at Duke (iiD); and Computer Science (CS) degree programs.  

Candidates should supply a letter of interest, curriculum vitae, a teaching statement, and the names of 3 references.

Please email the application materials to

For more information, please visit: 

Position ID: Duke University-Social Science Research Institute-ADJUNCT [#11677]
Position Title: Adjunct Teaching Position in Data Science
Position Type: Non tenure-track faculty
Position Location: Durham, North Carolina 27708, United States
Subject Area: Data Science
Starting Date: 2018/11/01
Application Deadline: 2018/09/14

Duke University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer committed to providing employment opportunity without regard to an individual's age, color, disability, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or veteran status. Duke also makes good faith efforts to recruit, hire, and promote qualified women, minorities, individuals with disabilities, and veterans.


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