Essential to a great university is a faculty of exceptional quality. Duke University's international reputation for excellence rests on the scholarship of gifted, dedicated scholars and educators. From this talented professorate, Graduate Liberal Studies attracts the best. A seasoned complement of graduate faculty members from throughout the university are affiliated with GLS, teach frequently in the program and help develop its curriculum and influence its pedagogy. Since the inception of the program, approximately a hundred faculty members from thirty departments have developed and taught LS graduate courses or directed the scholarship of individual students. Graduate faculty members also serve on the GLS Advisory Committee, participating in the academic governance of the program.

Duke faculty members maintain a tradition of personal attention to students and a commitment to research. As a result, GLS students receive the benefits of small, personalized seminars taught by leading scholars.