Visiting Assistant Professor or Visiting Professor of the Practice, Department of Engineering

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Job location: Winston Salem, NC

Employment Type: Full-time
Posted data: 2019-11-18
Req: R0002204
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Job Description Summary

The new Department of Engineering at Wake Forest University invites applications for multiple one-year Visiting Assistant Professor or Visiting Professor of the Practice positions to begin in the spring 2020 semester or fall 2020 semester. While candidates from all engineering backgrounds will be considered, some areas of particular interest include systems engineering, industrial engineering, electrical engineering, manufacturing engineering, materials engineering, and energy systems.

Job Description:

Visiting Assistant Professor applicants should hold a Ph.D. or terminal degree in an engineering or complementary discipline. Visiting Professor of Practice applicants should hold at least a Master’s Degree in the discipline along with relevant experience different from that achieved through traditional graduate and professional study. The contributions of Visiting Faculty are significant and cover a broad range of areas, with opportunities for advising and service in addition to the primary teaching role. One-year contracts are renewable. We seek a colleague who is excited about building a new program that embodies the values of empowerment, integrity, inclusion, compassion, growth, and joy in every layer of our fabric (i.e., faculty-student interactions, faculty-faculty interactions, promotion and tenure guidelines, curriculum development, space design, etc.). Further information is available at

Wake Forest University (WFU), a top-30 nationally ranked university located in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, welcomed its inaugural class of engineering students in August 2017. As a collegiate university, WFU combines the tradition and intimacy of a small liberal arts college with the innovation and vitality of a research university. The Department of Engineering is the anchor program at the new Wake Downtown campus, located in WFU’s Innovation Quarter in downtown Winston-Salem, which serves as a convenient extension of the main WFU Reynolda campus with frequent shuttle service linking the campuses. Wake Downtown opened its doors in January 2017 and is a splendid canvas upon which to design and build a world-renowned engineering program. Embracing WFU’s culture as a leading collegiate university in the US [], the new Department of Engineering is part of the undergraduate College, which prides itself in realizing the university motto of Pro Humanitate (for humanity) through its commitment to the engaged liberal arts and the teacher-scholar ideal.

Additional Job Description

Who We Are - In the nation, we are the only BS Engineering program (with undergraduate students only), grounded in the liberal arts at a research university. This unique combination not only defines who we are, but defines our unique characteristics. Our students will graduate with a BS in Engineering and have an exemplary undergraduate experience infused with the liberal arts. We strive to be a leader in undergraduate education with primary motivations being: innovation in the curriculum, effective learning methods, and an authentic liberal arts curriculum to educate the whole person, featuring a project-based curriculum that emphasizes creative design and community partnerships. Currently, the department has 10 faculty and 150+ students (40% female and 20% minority). Our vision for our engineering students is to help them become (a) leaders and agents of change embodying the WFU motto of Pro Humanitate (for humanity), (b) active seekers and creators of knowledge, (c) empowered with the engineering fundamentals but also strengthened with the breadth of an exceptional liberal arts education, (d) adaptive experts who recognize the strengths and limits of her/his knowledge and her/his team, (e) innovators by embracing inclusion, diversity, and equity, and (f) fearless in the face of complex problems.

Who We Want - We are seeking colleagues who share this vision, embody the same attributes we desire in our students, and who want to contribute to an educational environment that emphasizes excellence in engineering, creative design and problem solving, and broad societal impact. Faculty members are expected to be engaged teacher-scholars who: (1) teach introductory and advanced engineering classes at the undergraduate level; (2) teach introductory and first-year courses to nonmajors as well as upper-level interdisciplinary topical courses; (3) support a vigorous capstone design experience and other meaningful project experiences by building partnerships with industry and other community partners; (4) serve the department and university in ways appropriate to the position. All faculty are expected to participate in and support the department’s curriculum and program design, space and laboratory design, and assessment and accreditation efforts. Specifically, because the Department of Engineering and its student body are in the founding phase, applicants should be prepared for and excited about the unique opportunities and challenges that this start-up process necessarily entails.

What to Submit - Interested applicants should apply via the University’s career website at: The application should be submitted as ONE PDF file and include the following: (1) a cover letter that addresses the applicant’s motivation to be a faculty member and how their personal values align with the department’s goal of building an innovative and integrated engineering program grounded in the liberal arts (2) a CV or Resume with an accompanying list of 3-5 references; and (3) a teaching statement that addresses the candidate’s philosophy on teaching and learning as well as a plan to establish an inclusive classroom culture and one that infuses the liberal arts. Aside from the CV, all other documents should not exceed 2 pages each. References will only be contacted with prior approval of the applicant. Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the positions are filled with new applications reviewed on a regular cycle. Further information is available at

Inquiries about the application process and document submission may be addressed to Inquiries about the position in general can be directed to Mrs. Cathy Bailey ( - Department of Engineering Administrative Assistant), who will direct the inquiry to the appropriate engineering faculty.

Wake Forest University is a highly ranked, private university with about 5200 undergraduates and 3200 graduate and professional students in the Schools of Medicine, Law, Divinity and Business. 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.

Time Type Requirement

Full time

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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Posted: 11/20/2019
Application Due: 5/20/2021
Work Type: Full Time