The Program for Leadership and Character and Interdisciplinary Humanities Program at Wake Forest University seek a thoughtful, engaged, and creative scholar to become a Teacher-Scholar Postdoctoral Fellow for one year. The Postdoctoral Fellow will join an innovative 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. The Postdoctoral Fellow will teach 3 courses per year (a 1:2) and contribute to the co-curricular programming of the Program for Leadership and Character and Interdisciplinary Humanities Program. The Postdoctoral Fellow will benefit from course development workshops and mentoring from faculty in the Program for Leadership and Character and Interdisciplinary Humanities Program. The Postdoctoral Fellow will have an opportunity to work with a senior research scholar to assess the impact of their courses and potentially publish relevant research.
The one-year fellowship is funded by a grant from the Lilly Endowment and is open to candidates from across the humanities. We welcome recent PhDs in a variety of fields, including literature, history, classics, philosophy, political theory, religious studies, African American studies, and/or women’s, gender, and sexuality studies who specialize in ethics and have interest in working across disciplines to pursue ethics-related teaching and research. Compelling applicants will demonstrate 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.
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, 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 in philosophy and psychology 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. The Program recently received a major grant from the Lilly Endowment to develop leaders of character at Wake Forest and support other colleges and universities who seek to infuse leadership and character at their campuses. The Interdisciplinary Humanities Program is an exciting 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, see http://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 a cover letter addressed to the members of the search committee, a curriculum vita, a teaching statement, copies of course evaluations, and a writing sample. At least three confidential letters of recommendation must be sent via email to email@example.com. The position may begin as early as June 1, 2021. Applications arriving by January 15, 2021 will be given priority consideration.
For additional information, please contact Dr. Michael Lamb at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ph.D. in a relevant humanities field, such as literature, history, classics, philosophy, political theory, religious studies, African American studies, and/or women’s, gender, and sexuality studies.
Commitment to interdisciplinary teaching and research.
Record of excellent teaching and commitment to developing creative pedagogy.
Excellent writing, research, and communication skills.
Excellent organizational and interpersonal skills.
Commitment to supporting the intellectual and ethical development of students.
Experience with, and sensitivity to, diverse populations and the ability to build inclusive and equitable communities where differences are appreciated and engaged.
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 cooperative 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.