Teacher-Scholar Postdoctoral Fellow in Leadership and Character and Department of Politics and ...

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Job location: Winston Salem, NC

Employment Type: Full-time
Posted data: 2020-11-03
Req: R0002845
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Job Description Summary

The Program for Leadership and Character and Department of Politics and International Affairs 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 the Department of Politics and International Affairs. The Postdoctoral Fellow will benefit from course development workshops and mentoring from faculty in the Program and the Department. The Postdoctoral Fellow will also 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. We welcome recent PhDs in political science and closely related fields and remain open as to subfields (political theory, political ethics, comparative politics, political psychology, American politics or international politics) and methodological perspectives, so long the scholar’s research and teaching relate to leadership and character broadly understood and demonstrate a capacity for 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 Department of Politics and International Affairs is one of the largest majors on campus and home to creative and collegial faculty who seek to develop students as critical thinkers, effective writers, and persons committed to public service and engagement with the world. The Department of Politics and International Affairs welcomes applications from all who would bring additional dimensions to the department’s research, teaching, and community engagement.

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 Department of Politics and International Affairs, see https://politics.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 protected]

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 [email protected]

Job Description:

Essential Functions:

  • Teaches 3 courses depending on program needs.
  • Develops syllabi and teaching resources related to leadership and character.
  • Assists with designing and delivering curricular and co-curricular programming.
  • Contributes to ongoing research on leadership and character within the university context.
  • Participates in course development workshops and ongoing professional development.
  • Works collaboratively with faculty, staff, and postdoctoral fellows in the Program for Leadership and Character and Department of Politics and International Affairs to advance the work of the programs.
  • Attends regular meetings of the Program for Leadership and Character and Department of Politics and International Affairs.
  • Presents research findings and represents the program at relevant academic conferences and educational convenings.
  • Works with the senior research scholar to develop assessment plans for their courses and potentially publishes relevant scholarly research.
  • Assists with other programming and research of the Program for Leadership and Character and Department of Politics and International Affairs as needed.

Required Education, Knowledge, Skills, Abilities:

  • Ph.D. in politics or political science or closely related fields.
  • 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.

Preferred Education, Knowledge, Skills, Abilities:

  • Teaching experience or research related to leadership, character, virtue, and/or ethics.
  • Knowledge of leadership development and/or character education.


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.

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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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Job No:
Posted: 11/4/2020
Application Due: 3/10/2021
Work Type: Full Time