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Assistant Teaching Professor, Interdisciplinary Humanities Program and Program for Leadership and Character

Wake Forest University
United States, North Carolina, Winston Salem
May 24, 2024

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Job Description Summary

The Interdisciplinary Humanities Program and Program for Leadership and Character at Wake Forest University seek an engaged, creative, and committed teacher-scholar to become an Assistant Teaching Professor. The Assistant Teaching Professor will join an innovative and interdisciplinary cohort of scholars from the humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences to develop and teach leadership and character-related courses within and across their respective disciplines. This full-time, non-tenure track position with benefits offers an initial two-year appointment with possibility of renewal and promotion on a teaching-centered career path. Because of the teaching-centric nature of the role, responsibilities are divided as 80% teaching and 20% service. The Assistant Teaching Professor will teach three courses per semester (a 3:3 load) and contribute to the co-curricular programming of the Interdisciplinary Humanities Program and the Program for Leadership and Character. The Assistant Teaching Professor will benefit from course development workshops and mentoring from faculty in both programs as well as support for professional and scholarly development.

Job Description:

We welcome candidates with a Ph.D. in any field in the humanities, including but not limited to literature, history, classics, philosophy, political theory, religious studies, African American studies, environmental studies, and/or women's, gender, and sexuality studies. Given the needs of the Program and the College, the Assistant Teaching Professor will focus primarily on offering first-year seminars focused on the intersection of leadership, character, and the environment and teaching other humanities courses related to ethics and/or the environment, some of which may contribute to Wake Forest's new Ethical Inquiry requirement. The candidates may also have opportunities to teach other courses in the Interdisciplinary Humanities Program based on their scholarly expertise. Compelling applicants will demonstrate a commitment to excellence in interdisciplinary teaching and mentoring undergraduate students from diverse backgrounds, including international students, first-generation students, and those who identify as members of historically marginalized communities.

Essential Functions:

  • Teaches six courses per year (a 3:3 load), including at least four courses or sections focused on leadership, character, and/or the environment.

  • Develops at least two new syllabi and other teaching resources related to leadership and character in the context of Interdisciplinary Humanities.

  • Provides academic advising to lower-division students and minors in the Interdisciplinary Humanities Program.

  • Participates in course development workshops and ongoing professional development related to leadership and character.

  • Assists with designing and delivering curricular and co-curricular programming for the Interdisciplinary Humanities Program and the Program for Leadership and Character.

  • Works with researchers in the Program for Leadership and Character to develop assessment plans for their courses, assess the impact of their courses, and potentially publish relevant scholarly research.

  • Attends meetings, retreats, and convenings of Interdisciplinary Humanities Program, Program for Leadership and Character, and the College faculty.

  • Provides service to Interdisciplinary Humanities Program, the Program for Leadership and Character, and the College.

  • Meets as needed with the Director of Interdisciplinary Humanities, Executive Director of the Program for Leadership and Character, and related faculty and staff.

  • Provides summaries and information about their work for inclusion in both programs' annual reports.

  • Performs other duties as needed.

Required Education, Knowledge, Skills, Abilities:

  • A doctorate in a related field in the humanities.

  • Teaching and/or research expertise related to leadership, character, ethics, and/or environmental humanities.

  • Commitment to interdisciplinary teaching, research, and engagement.

  • Record of excellent undergraduate teaching and mentoring and a commitment to developing creative pedagogy.

  • Commitment to supporting the intellectual and ethical development of undergraduate students.

  • Experience with, and sensitivity to, diverse populations and the ability to build inclusive and equitable communities where differences are appreciated and engaged.

  • Excellent writing, research, and communication skills.

  • Excellent organizational and interpersonal skills.

  • Sound character, wise judgment, and a strong work ethic.

  • Demonstrated ability to:

    • Work independently with minimal supervision.

    • Set priorities and effectively manage time and resources.

    • Be a constructive and collaborative member of a team.

    • Positively influence colleagues and develop collaborative relationships with a wide range of people.

  • Willingness to learn more about leadership and character development and apply that knowledge to inform curricular design, implementation, and assessment.

  • Knowledge and understanding of academic cultures, rules, and regulations.

  • Openness to feedback and a commitment to personal and professional growth.

  • Ability to represent the programs and the university in a professional manner.

Additional Job Description

Wake Forest University welcomes and encourages diversity and inclusivity and seeks applicants with demonstrated success in working with diverse populations. Wake Forest University is an AA/EO employer and values an inclusive and diverse learning community and campus climate. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

Wake Forest University is a private, coeducational institution dedicated to academic excellence in liberal arts, graduate and professional education.Located in Winston-Salem, NC ("The City of Arts and Innovation"), the University has a deep institutional commitment to public service and engagement with the world, as indicated by the motto Pro Humanitate (for humanity), which encourages students to develop the qualities of human character needed to serve humanity. With the aim to educate the whole person, the University has established an innovative Program for Leadership and Character that plans creative, liberal arts-based programming to help students develop the virtues of character needed to lead in an increasingly complex world. The Program is based on cutting-edge academic research on leadership and character, including research conducted by Wake Forest faculty who are leading experts on the study of character. The Program has received a $30 million grant to support a national community of colleges and universities focused on educating character.

The Interdisciplinary Humanities Program is a vibrant and dynamic academic program that draws insights from multiple disciplines to explore what it means to be human. The Interdisciplinary Humanities Program offers an undergraduate minor and a wide range of courses that address big questions from a variety of disciplinary and ethical perspectives. For quick facts about the University, seehttp://www.wfu.edu/visitors/quickfacts.html. For more on the Program for Leadership and Character, see https://leadershipandcharacter.wfu.edu/. For more on the Interdisciplinary Humanities Program, see https://humanities.wfu.edu/.

Please provide 1) a cover letter that speaks to your interest in the position, your scholarly expertise in humanities-based approaches to environmentalism and/or ethics, your teaching experience, and the courses you would be prepared to design and teach, 2) a curriculum vitae, 3) a teaching statement that describes your approach to teaching, 4) copies of course evaluations (if available), and 5) a list of five professional references. References will be contacted only for short-listed candidates with prior approval. Applicants should submit all of the required application materials as one pdf viathe Human Resources website.The position is scheduled to begin on July 1, 2024. Applications arriving by April 22, 2024, will be given priority consideration.

For additional information, please contact Dr. Jose Luis Venegas at venegajl@wfu.edu or Dr. Michael Lamb at lambkm@wfu.edu.


This position profile identifies the key responsibilities and expectations for performance. It cannot encompass all specific job tasks that an employee may be required to perform. Employees are required to follow any other job-related instructions and perform job-related duties as may be reasonably assigned by his/her supervisor.

In order to provide a safe and productive learning and living community, Wake Forest University conducts background investigations and drug screens for all final staff candidates being considered for employment.

Wake Forest seeks to recruit and retain a diverse workforce, and encourages qualified candidates across all group demographics to apply.

Time Type Requirement

Full time

Inorder to provide a safe and productive learning and living community, Wake Forest University conducts background investigations for all final faculty candidates being considered for employment.

WakeForestseeks to recruit and retain a diverse workforce while promoting an inclusive work environment committed to excellence in the spirit of Pro Humanitate.In adherence with applicable laws and as provided by University policies, the University prohibits discrimination in its employment practices on thebasis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, genetic information, disability and veteran statusandencourages qualified candidates across all group demographics to apply.