Postdoctoral Fellow, Program for Leadership and Character and Department of Communication

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Job location: Winston Salem, NC

Employment Type: Full-time
Posted data: 2021-03-09
Req: R0003070
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Job Description Summary

The Program for Leadership and Character and the Department of Communication at Wake Forest University seek a thoughtful, engaged, and creative scholar to become a 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 Communication. The Postdoctoral Fellow will benefit from course development workshops and mentoring from faculty in both programs. The Postdoctoral Fellow will also have an opportunity to work with a 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 communication or related fields where the candidate has pursued research and/or teaching on leadership, character, and/or ethics in the context of communication. 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.

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 Communication studies the phenomenon of human communication in all its aspects. We support a liberal arts approach to communication through scholarship, creative production, and teaching in several concentrations: integrated communication strategies, communication science, media studies, public advocacy and health, environment, and risk communication. Our goal for undergraduate majors and minors is to prepare them for the responsibilities of citizenship and for the many career paths in which knowledge of communication is a critical asset.

For quick facts about the University, see For more on the Program for Leadership and Character, see For more on the Department of Communication, see

Please provide a cover letter addressed to the members of the search committee, a curriculum vita, a teaching statement, copies of course evaluations (if available), and a writing sample of no more than 30 pages. 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.

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 Communication to advance the work of both programs.
  • Attends regular meetings of the Program for Leadership and Character and Department of Communication.
  • Presents research findings and represents the programs at relevant academic conferences and educational convenings.
  • Works with a 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 Communication as needed.

Required Education, Knowledge, Skills, Abilities:

  • Ph.D. in communication or related fields.
  • 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 in communication.
  • 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.

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Time Type Requirement

Full timeNote 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.




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Posted: 2/8/2021
Application Due: 5/4/2021
Work Type: Full Time