Tenure-Track Assistant to Tenured Associate Professor, Department of Health and Exercise Science

Wake Forest University
Winston Salem, NC

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Job location: Winston Salem, NC

Employment Type: Full-time
Posted data: 2021-09-15
Req: R0003849
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Job Description Summary

Job Description:

Tenure-Track Assistant to Tenured Associate Professor, Department of Health and Exercise Science

Description: The Department of Health and Exercise Science at Wake Forest University invites applicants for a tenure-track Assistant to tenured Associate Professor position with expertise in Health and Exercise Science and an emphasis in public health and health equity to begin July 1, 2022. We seek an active scholar with an ambitious research program focused on health equities in relationship to physical activity, nutrition, obesity, and related chronic diseases. We are committed to academic distinction and diversity among the faculty, staff and students and are especially interested in candidates whose personal and professional experiences facilitate their understandings of how health inequities especially impact traditionally underrepresented communities. Responsibilities include teaching courses in epidemiology, public health and health equity at the undergraduate and graduate levels; mentoring undergraduate and graduate research projects; creating a productive research program of national and international significance; and academic and career advising of students. Additional responsibilities include departmental, college, and university service.

The Department of Health and Exercise Science welcomes and encourages diversity and inclusivity and seeks applicants with demonstrated success or interest in working with diverse populations. Wake Forest University is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer.

Qualifications: Applicants must have an earned doctorate (PhD or equivalent) in kinesiology, public health, community health, nutrition, behavioral medicine, or a closely related field within the health and exercise science disciplines. Additional expectations include: post-doctoral training and teaching experience at the undergraduate and graduate levels; educational background and/or research experience in health equities in the context of observational or clinical studies; demonstrated scholarship via first-authored publications; and a demonstrated potential for successful extramural funding.

Department of Health and Exercise Science at Wake Forest University: Our interdisciplinary department’s mission is to advance the understanding of health and the prevention/treatment of chronic disease and physical disability. We are located on the WFU Reynolda Campus and host approximately 180 undergraduate majors and 18 master’s level graduate students. Department faculty members have active external funding for interdisciplinary health-related research with a particular emphasis in clinical trials in physical activity, nutrition, and obesity. With faculty whose expertise in clinical trials research is internationally recognized, the department offers the opportunity to work with scholars exploring how access to and performance of healthy lifestyle behaviors, including physical activity, impact health disparities, as well as interventions to improve health equity and overall health. Collaborative opportunities also exist within the numerous Wake Forest University and Wake Forest School of Medicine research institutes and centers, such as the Maya Angelou Center for Health Equity (MACHE), the WFU LGBTQ+ Center, Intercultural Center, Women’s Center, Sticht Center for Healthy Aging and Alzheimer’s Prevention (CHAAP), Translational Science Center, Center on Diabetes, Obesity and Metabolism (CDOM), and the Clinical and Translational Science Institute. Additional information about the department can be found at http://hes.wfu.edu/.

Application Process: To assure full consideration, applicants should submit a curriculum vita and a letter of application including brief descriptions of teaching and research interests by November 15, 2021. Submit applications, as one pdf, online at http://www.wfu.careers/. Confidential letters of recommendation (at least one of which should address teaching) will be requested for selected candidates after an initial review of materials. Address questions about the position to Shannon Mihalko at hes@wfu.edu. Address inquiries about the application process and document submission to wakejobs@wfu.edu. Note that review of applications will begin immediately, and interviews may be conducted prior to the closing date.

To provide a safe and productive learning and living community, Wake Forest University conducts background investigations for final candidates upon their acceptance of an offer of employment.

Additional information: Founded in 1834, Wake Forest University is a private university located in Winston-Salem, North Carolina that combines a small (roughly 5,300 undergraduates) liberal arts collegiate university with 3,200 graduate students in school of arts and science, medicine, law, business, and divinity. The Department of Health and Exercise Science awards both BS and MS degrees. Wake Forest ranks in the top 30 of all U.S. universities in U.S. News & World Report's Guide to America's Best Colleges and Universities. The University has a deep institutional commitment to public service and engagement with the world, as indicated by the motto “Pro Humanitate.” For additional information about the University, go to About Wake Forest. For additional information about the department, go to Health and Exercise Science.

Winston-Salem is part of the Piedmont Triad metropolitan region, which has a population of more than 1.5 million and is listed among the 35 best places to live in North America by Cities Ranked and Rated. Known as the “City of Art and Innovation,” Winston-Salem offers a vast array of arts experiences ranging from music venues to galleries to theatre and film festivals and an active biomedical research community. Ranked among the top 50 US cities for affordability on national survey, Winston-Salem is less than an hour from the Blue Ridge/Appalachian Mountains and less than 4 hours from the Atlantic Ocean.

For further information about the position please contact:

Shannon Mihalko, PhD

Search Committee Chair

Phone: 336-758-1945

Email: hes@wfu.edu

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.

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.


Wake Forest University, formed in 1834, has experienced decades of growth and innovation.  WFU is a distinctive university that combines a liberal arts core with graduate and professional schools and innovative research programs.  The University embraces the teacher-scholar ideal, which prizes the personal interaction between students and faculty.  It is a place where exceptional teaching, fundamental research and discovery, and the engagement of faculty and students in the classroom and the laboratory are paramount.

Wake Forest University is a community that seeks the enlightenment and freedom which come through diligent study and learning. Its higher goal, however, is to give life to the University motto "Pro Humanitate," as members translate a passion for knowledge into compassionate service. The community shares a tradition that embraces freedom and integrity and acknowledges the worth of the individual. The heritage, established by the school's founders and nurtured by succeeding generations, promotes a democratic spirit arising from open-mindedness and discourse. Wake Forest fosters compassion and caring for others. Its collective strength and character are derived from the values and distinctive experiences of each individual; therefore, it affirms the richness of human intellect and culture and its contribution to knowledge, faith, reason, and dialogue. Furthermore, it strives toward a society in which good will, respect, and equality prevail. To that end, Wake Forest University rejects hatred and bigotry in any form and promotes justice, honor, and mutual trust.​

The University is comprised of:  the undergraduate college, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, School of Business, School of Divinity, School of Law, and School of Medicine (located on the Bowman Gray campus with Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center) and today enrolls about 4,846 undergraduates and 2,823 students in graduate programs at its principal location, the Reynolda campus.  Students at Wake Forest University enjoy a great deal of access to and interaction with world-class faculty both in and out of the classroom setting with a student-faculty ratio of 11:1.  Wake Forest employs approximately 2,772 full and part-time faculty and staff.

Wake Forest is a collegiate university offering a vibrant, intellectual community with a rich cultural life, an impressive array of facilities, and a strong athletics program competing in the fifteen-team Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC).  Since its founding, the university has adopted the motto “pro humanitate,” which is exemplified by a deep institutional commitment to public service and engagement with the world. Wake Forest has a strong commitment to holistic, eight-dimensional well-being for students, faculty and staff as evidenced in the Thrive initiative.

Winston-Salem, NC

Wake Forest is located in Winston-Salem, NC, a beautiful, mid-sized city centrally located in the Piedmont-Triad region of North Carolina.  Winston-Salem is a family-friendly city with high quality schools, numerous outdoor recreational activities and events, and is known for its vibrant and thriving arts scene.

Winston-Salem residents enjoy close proximity to the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains (1.5 hours) and Atlantic beaches (4 hours), a moderate climate with four distinct seasons, a very reasonable cost of living, and an eclectic variety of restaurants, wine bars, and breweries for dining with friends and family.  Winston-Salem offers many of the amenities of a large city but with the sense of community and quality of life of a smaller town (www.visitwinstonsalem.com).

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