Wake Forest University — Research Postdoctoral Fellow, Program for Leadership and Character

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Job Description Summary
The Program for Leadership and Character at Wake Forest University is seeking a creative and committed postdoctoral fellow with expertise in quantitative and qualitative analysis to advance research and evaluation in the undergraduate college. The fellow will work with an interdisciplinary research team conducting innovative and potentially transformative research on cultivating character and leadership among undergraduate students at Wake Forest. The grant-funded postdoctoral fellowship will be for an initial one-year term, with the potential for renewal for two additional years.

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 is ranked among the top thirty national universities by U.S. News and World Report. 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 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 established a partnership with the Oxford Character Project and has been profiled as a model for how universities can educate character.

For quick facts about the University, see http://www.wfu.edu/visitors/quickfacts.html. For more on the Program for Leadership and Character, see https://leadershipandcharacter.wfu.edu/.

Please provide a cover letter addressed to the members of the search committee identifying your qualifications and motivations for this position (see below), a curriculum vitae, and a research statement (see below). At least three confidential letters of recommendation must be sent via email to leadershipandcharacter@wfu.edu. The position is scheduled to begin on July 1, 2023, though an earlier start date may be possible. Applications arriving by February 15, 2023 will be given priority consideration.

For additional information, please contact Dr. Kate Allman at allmank@wfu.edu.
In the cover letter, please share your experiences and responses to the following:

  • While we do not expect candidates to have necessarily worked or conducted research in the substantive area of leadership or character education, we would like you to articulate the nature of your interest in this area of research and in this particular Program. If you have conducted research on leadership and/or character education, please describe it.
  • If you have conducted research using exclusively quantitative or qualitative methodologies, please make a case for your attitude towards using both approaches during this project, and how you intend to close any gaps in your methodological expertise (the Program is prepared to provide the successful candidate with support to develop relevant methodological skills);
  • Provide examples of high-level organizational, administrative and interpersonal skills;
  • Provide examples (if relevant) of coordinating and managing multiple studies simultaneously.

In the Research Statement, please explain your current research and propose and outline some of the measurement and evaluation work you can imagine doing (or would like to do) in your role. Please take into account the goals of the Program from the website and the outlined job functions and required dispositions and skills.

  • Please give examples of between 2-4 research studies that you might design for undergraduate settings and outline the measurement and evaluation methods and procedures you would envisage using and any potential pitfalls you could see;
  • Talk about how the research experience and skills that you have (and any you would like to develop or be trained in) that would be valuable in measurement and evaluation, particularly within the context of leadership and character education in undergraduate settings.

Job Description
Essential Functions of the Postdoctoral Fellow: 

  • Will report to, and work closely with, the Director of Research and Assessment to design and analyze multiple research studies related to leadership and character development in the undergraduate context;
  • Conceptualize innovative and creative ways to measure and evaluate key constructs and facets related to leadership and character
  • Conduct a range of quantitative and qualitative analyses;
  • Search pertinent scientific literature, as needed;
  • Contribute to, and at times lead, the writing and publication of manuscripts (e.g., journal articles, chapters, research and grant reports);
  • Present papers at relevant academic conferences;
  • Assist with mentoring student research assistants as part of the Leadership and Character Lab. 

Required Education, Disposition and Skills:

  • Ph.D. in a social science field, including but not limited to psychology, human development, education, sociology, or political science;
  • Strong and demonstrated analytical skills, with experience using a wide range of both qualitative (e.g.. thematic, grounded) and quantitative methods (e.g. correlational, quasi-experimental, multilevel modeling) in empirical research;
  • Excellent writing, research, and communication skills;
  • Strong work ethic;
  • Capacity for collaboration as part of an active and engaged research team;
  • Close attention to detail and context;
  • Effective time management skills to be involved in multiple ongoing research projects (at different stages in the research process), and the ability to follow through with high work quality and consistency of effort;
  • Openness to being mentored and receiving constructive feedback;
  • Interested and able to learn quickly and independently;
  • Willing to follow direction and eventually take on leadership of research as experience is gained on the job.

Preferred Education, Disposition and Skills:

  • Knowledge of leadership and/or character development and related constructs

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.

Additional Job Description
Wake Forest University requires proof of full vaccination with an FDA approved or authorized COVID-19 vaccine for all positions posted on or after September 13, 2021.  Wake Forest University requires that you provide satisfactory proof of full vaccination status to Human Resources within three days of your hire date. You must also maintain full COVID-19 vaccination status, as classified by the CDC, during your employment at Wake Forest University.

Consistent with federal, state and local law, Wake Forest  University will consider accommodations for disability- and religious-based reasons unless providing an accommodation would result in an undue hardship to the University.  

If you seek an accommodation from the vaccination requirement for disability- or religious-based reasons, you should contact Human Resources.

New employees who are hired into positions posted prior to September 13, 2021, offers of employment made to new employees prior to that date, and employees for positions at Graylyn Conference Center are generally exempt from the vaccination requirement unless the employee’s position is otherwise subject to a vaccination requirement due to the essential components of the position as described in Policy.

Time Type Requirement
Full time

Note to Applicant:
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 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.