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** Cover letter required for all positions and optional for facilities, campus services, and hospitality positions unless otherwise specified.Job Description Summary
The Program for Leadership and Character at Wake Forest University is seeking an exceptional individual as a postdoctoral fellow and research coordinator for measurement and evaluation in the professional schools. The fellow will work with an interdisciplinary research team conducting innovative and potentially transformative research on cultivating character and leadership among students in the professional schools at Wake Forest University (e.g., School of Law, School of Medicine, and School of Divinity).
This position is supported by a multi-year grant from the Kern Family Foundation. The successful candidate will be offered up to a 4-year term, with the potential for funding beyond the initial term.Job Description
Reports to and works closely with the Senior Research Scholar in the Professional Schools to design and analyze multiple research studies
Conceptualize innovative and creative ways to measure and evaluate key constructs and facets of the Program
Coordinate multiple studies, involving but not limited to: developing and maintaining relationships with stakeholders, ethical compliance, participant recruitment and management, administering surveys, conducting research interviews, and facilitating focus groups
Carry out all aspects of data management of multiple quantitative and qualitative datasets
Conduct a range of quantitative and qualitative analyses
Contribute to, and at times lead, the writing of manuscripts (e.g., journal articles, chapters, research reports)
Manage and mentor student research assistants.
Required Education, Knowledge, Skills, Abilities:
Ph.D. in a social science field, including but not limited to psychology, human development, education, sociology, economics, political science or philosophy
Strong and demonstrated analytical skills, with experience using qualitative and/or quantitative methods in empirical research
Excellent writing, research, and communication skills.
Have a strong work ethic
Be highly collaborative and enjoy working as part of a research team
Be flexible, creative and open-minded about research approaches and methodologies
Be attentive to detail and context
Have strong time management skills to be involved in multiple ongoing research projects (at different stages in the research process), and the ability to follow through with high work quality and consistency of effort
be open to being mentored and given constructive feedback
Be interested and able to learn quickly and independently
Be willing to follow direction and eventually take on leadership of research as experience is gained on the job
In the cover letter, please share your experiences and responses to the following:
while we do not expect candidates to have necessarily worked or conducted research in the substantive area of leadership or character education, we would like you to articulate the nature of your interest in this area of research and in this particular Program
if you have conducted research using exclusively quantitative or qualitative methodologies, please make a case for your attitude towards using both approaches during this project, and how you intend to close any gaps in your methodological expertise (The Program is prepared to provide the successful candidate with funds to develop relevant methodological skills)
provide examples of high-level organizational, administrative and interpersonal skills
provide examples (if relevant) of coordinating and managing multiple studies simultaneously
In the Research Statement, please propose and outline some of the measurement and evaluation work you can imagine doing (or would like to do) in your role (taking into account the goals of the program from the website, and the outlined job functions and required dispositions and skills).
Please give examples of between 2-4 research studies that you might design for the professional schools, and outline the measurement and evaluation methods and procedures you would envisage using, and any potential pitfalls you could see
If possible, describe how technologies, techniques and methodologies that are new and possibly uncommon in the social sciences, could be valuable in answering research questions that might be relevant to the cultivation of leadership and character in the Professional Schools
Talk about how the research experience and skills that you have (and any you would like to develop/get trained in), would be valuable in measurement and evaluation particularly within the context of leadership and character education in the Professional Schools.
Required documents to be submitted at the time of application (please note that incomplete applications will not be considered):
Cover Letter (no more than 2 pages and addressed to the members of the search committee) Candidates are encouraged to apply by July 15th, 2022
2 writing samples demonstrating your research expertise (with at least 1 illustrating some of your methodological expertise)
Research Statement (no longer than 3 pages)
3 confidential letters of recommendation to be sent via email to firstname.lastname@example.org within 2 weeks of applying
Please add all required documents (detailed below) to the Resume/CV document upload section at the bottom of the My Experience application page. Use the Select Files button to add multiple documents. The My Experience page is the only opportunity to add your cover letter and supporting document attachments. You will not be able to modify your application after you submit it. We will only consider applications that have all the required documents.
Applications that include all required information and are submitted on or before July 25, 2022 will be given full consideration.
The position may begin as early as September 2022, though there is flexibility on the start date depending on availability and current appointment. For additional information, please contact the Senior Research Scholar for the Professional Schools, Dr Ananthi Al Ramiah, email@example.com. Additional Job Description
In an effort to protect the health and safety of the campus community, all faculty and staff positions, excluding staff who perform duties exclusively at Graylyn Conference Center, are required to be fully vaccinated with an FDA approved or authorized COVID-19 vaccine prior to their hire date. Once hired, faculty and staff must maintain full COVID-19 vaccination status throughout their employment at Wake Forest University. 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 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.