Wake Forest University — Assistant Teaching Professor, Center for Entrepreneurship and Program for Leadership and Character

The Center for Entrepreneurship and the Program for Leadership and Character at Wake Forest University seek an engaged, creative, and committed teacher-scholar to fill a position as Assistant Teaching Professor. 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. The Assistant Teaching Professor will join an innovative and interdisciplinary cohort of emerging scholars from the humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences to develop and teach leadership and character-related courses in their respective disciplines. This is a teaching-centric role with responsibilities divided as 80% teaching and 20% service. The course load is 3 per semester (a 3:3 load), including development and delivery of at least two courses with a primary focus on Leadership and Character in the context of Entrepreneurship and at least two courses that integrate Leadership and Character into Entrepreneurship. The person in this role will also contribute to the co-curricular programming of the Center for Entrepreneurship and the Program for Leadership and Character. In addition to participating in course development workshops and mentoring from faculty in both programs, the Assistant Teaching Professor will work with research scholars from the Program for Leadership and Character to assess the impact of their courses and potentially publish relevant research.

We welcome candidates with a Ph.D. or terminal degree in in sociology, communication, philosophy, religious studies, education, leadership studies, entrepreneurship, management, organizational behavior, organizational studies, business ethics, or related fields who specialize in entrepreneurship, leadership, and/or ethics and have interest in working across disciplines to pursue ethics- and entrepreneurship-related teaching and research. Compelling applicants will demonstrate an openness to interdisciplinary engagement and a commitment to excellence in teaching and mentoring undergraduate students from diverse backgrounds, including international students, first-generation students, and those who identify as members of historically marginalized communities.

To apply, please submit the following in ONE PDF FILE to http://www.wfu.careers/: 1) a cover letter addressed to the members of the search committee that speaks to your motivation for joining our team and your suitability for this job posting; 2) a curriculum vitae; 3) a teaching statement that addresses the candidate’s philosophy of teaching and learning as well as a plan to establish an inclusive classroom culture and one that infuses the liberal arts; and 4) evidence of successful student engagement, such as student evaluations or student letters of support (if available). Additionally, at least three confidential letters of recommendation must be sent via email to Cindy Baker (bakerc@wfu.edu – the Center for Entrepreneurship Administrative Coordinator). Aside from the CV and teaching evaluations, all other documents should not exceed 2 pages each.

The position is scheduled to begin on July 1, 2023. Applications arriving by September 15 will be given priority consideration.

Inquiries about the application process and document submission may be addressed to wakejobs@wfu.edu. Inquiries about the position in general can be directed to Cindy Baker (bakerc@wfu.edu – the Center for Entrepreneurship Administrative Coordinator) who will direct the inquiry to the appropriate person.

Essential Functions:

  • Teaches six courses per year (a 3:3 load), including at least four courses or sections that integrate leadership and character in entrepreneurship.
  • Develops at least two new syllabi and other teaching resources related to leadership and character in the context of entrepreneurship
  • Provides academic advising to lower-division students and minors in Entrepreneurship.
  • Participates in course development workshops and ongoing professional development related to leadership and character.
  • Works with the Co-Directors of Research and Assessment 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.
  • Assists with designing and delivering curricular and co-curricular programming for the Center for Entrepreneurship and the Program for Leadership and Character.
  • Assists other faculty in the Center for Entrepreneurship with integrating leadership and/or character into their courses or curricula.
  • Attends meetings, retreats, and convenings of the Center for Entrepreneurship, the Program for Leadership and Character, and the College faculty.
  • Provide service to the Center for Entrepreneurship, Program for Leadership and Character, and the College.
  • Pursues relevant research, presents research in academic contexts, and represents both programs at relevant academic conferences and educational convenings.
  • Meets as needed with the Directors of the Center for Entrepreneurship, 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:

  • Ph.D. or terminal degree in sociology, communication, philosophy, religious studies, education, leadership studies, entrepreneurship, management, organizational behavior, organizational studies, business ethics, or related fields who specialize in entrepreneurship, leadership, and/or ethics required. Other degrees may be considered in exceptional circumstances.
  • Teaching and/or research expertise related to leadership, character, virtue, and/or ethics.
  • 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.
  • Ability to work occasional weekend or evening hours as needed.

Note:
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.

In an effort to protect the health and safety of the campus community, all faculty and staff positions, excluding staff who perform duties exclusively at Graylyn Conference Center, are required to be fully vaccinated with an FDA approved or authorized COVID-19 vaccine prior to their hire date. Once hired, faculty and staff must maintain full COVID-19 vaccination status throughout their employment at Wake Forest University. Faculty and staff with disabilities or sincerely held religious beliefs that preclude vaccination should contact Human Resources to request a reasonable accommodation.

In order 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.

Wake Forest seeks 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 the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, genetic information, disability and veteran status and encourages qualified candidates across all group demographics to apply.

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