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

Job Details

Job location: Winston Salem, NC


Employment Type: Full-time
Posted data: 2021-11-03
Req: R0003716

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Job Description Summary

Job Description:

The Department of Engineering at Wake Forest University invites faculty applications for Assistant Teaching Professor or Assistant Professor of Practice with expertise in electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, systems engineering, and/or related fields to begin in the fall semester of 2022. Faculty members with the title of Teaching Professor hold a Ph.D. or terminal degree in the discipline, while faculty members with the title of Professor of Practice have 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 teaching professionals are significant and cover a broad range of areas, which include teaching, advising and service to the department, the College, and the University. The successful candidate will diversify our team through their engineering expertise and will provide significant educational contributions in support of our students’ development as engineers. We seek a colleague who is excited about growing and sustaining a 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 guidelines, curriculum development, space design, etc.). Further information is available at https://engineering.wfu.edu/.

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. Embracing WFU’s culture as a leading collegiate university in the US [http://www.wfu.edu/visitors/quickfacts.html], the 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.

Who We Are – The Wake Forest Engineering Department was established in 2017. 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 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 14 faculty (10 of whom are permanent) and about 200 students (42% 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 their knowledge and their team, (e) innovators by embracing inclusion, diversity, and equity, and (f) fearless in the face of complex problems.

Who We Want - We are seeking a colleague who shares this vision, who embodies the same attributes we desire in our students, and who wants 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: (1) teach introductory and advanced engineering classes at the undergraduate level (including technical elective courses); (2) teach first-year and upper-level interdisciplinary topical courses to majors and nonmajors alike; (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 through student advising, undergraduate mentoring, active participation in faculty governance, and establishing links to industrial and community partners. 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.

What To Submit - Interested applicants should apply via the University’s career website at: http://www.wfu.careers/. 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 founding faculty member, personal values in alignment with the department values, and vision for building a modern, interdisciplinary engineering program; (2) a CV with an accompanying list of 3-5 references representing supervisors, students, and staff; (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; (4) an engineering expertise statement that describes the candidate’s ideas and plans for leveraging their expertise to develop projects, courses, and professional growth opportunities for undergraduate engineering students; and (5) a professional service statement that describes the candidate’s interests and plans in serving the department, university, profession, and society. 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 on December 15, 2021 and will continue until the position is filled with new applications reviewed on a regular cycle. Further information is available at college.wfu.edu/engineering/.

Inquiries about the application process and document submission may be addressed to wakejobs@wfu.edu. Inquiries about the position in general can be directed to Dr. Patricia Clayton (Associate Professor and Search Committee Chair, claytonp@wfu.edu).

Additional Job Description

Wake Forest University is a highly ranked, private university with 5400 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. The Engineering Department welcome individuals of all ages, backgrounds, beliefs, ethnicities, genders, gender identities, gender expressions, national origins, religious affiliations, sexual orientations, ability, veteran status – and other visible and nonvisible differences. We seek faculty who are committed to creating a respectful, welcoming and inclusive environment for all community members.

In furtherance of the University’s commitment to resuming operations in a manner consistent with or similar to how those operations were conducted prior to the pandemic, and in an effort to protect the health and safety of the campus community, all faculty and staff are required to be fully vaccinated with an FDA approved or authorized COVID-19 vaccine. Faculty and staff with disabilities or sincerely held religious beliefs that preclude vaccination should contact Human Resources to request a reasonable accommodation.

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.

Organization

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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