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Academic Director and Professor of the Practice for Communications, School of Professional Studies

Employer
Wake Forest University
Location
School of Professional Studies (Charlotte)
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Job Description Summary

The Wake Forest University School of Professional Studies is seeking qualified candidates for a Professor of the Practice who will serve as the faculty leader for our new program in Communications. This leader will have significant administrative responsibilities and will be expected to provide academic leadership for program curriculum, student mentoring and guidance, faculty coordination, and lead curriculum-related aspects of the accreditation review process. This individual will also be expected to develop and teach graduate-level Communications courses in online format. Preferred candidates will have an earned doctorate or terminal degree in teaching discipline or related field. Alternatively, candidates should have a master’s degree in a related field, plus a minimum of five years’ experience in university-level teaching or progressive work experience in relevant areas of instruction. With either experience profile, evidence of prior teaching effectiveness is required. The position offers a competitive package of compensation and benefits.

Job Description:

The School of Professional Studies (SPS) is the newest school of Wake Forest University. SPS houses innovative graduate degree and non-degree programs, including certificates and other credentials, for working professionals, as well as relevant Executive Education courses. SPS is focused on developing accessible and market-relevant programs that build upon Wake Forest’s current areas of strength as well as delivering future professional development education

that is essential to the growing economy of Charlotte, where the School is located, and the surrounding region.

The Academic Director provides academic leadership and subject-matter expertise in the administration of an academic program. Collaborating closely with School of Professional Studies (SPS) staff and external advisory board, the Academic Director routinely monitors program outcomes, seeks input from learners, faculty and external stakeholders, provides student mentoring and guidance, and tracks evolving competitive offerings to ensure sustained program leadership in the marketplace. The Academic Director improves the program design and curriculum to achieve active student engagement, high learning, and career outcomes for the learners. The Academic Director is deeply connected to the practice of his/her profession, highly skilled in and/or highly attuned to adult learner development best practices, and an expert in dynamic knowledge in his/her areas of teaching.

The Academic Director plays an influential role in the aspirations of the SPS as it develops a culture of innovation, equity, and collaboration that centers on the success of its learners and community partners. As the subject-matter expert, the Academic Director’s close connection to industry and community/professional organizations is essential. The Academic Director supports the SPS goal of offering flexible delivery modalities, experiential learning, and providing adult learners with access to leading-edge professional practices and advanced knowledge/skill acquisition.

Essential Functions:

  • For new programs, working with SPS staff and external partners, provide academic leadership to launch the program (in terms of principles for course design, student experience design, etc.).

  • Collaborate with SPS staff and provide leadership to the Program Advisory Board to continuously evolve program design and deepen relationships with Charlotte-based organizations.

  • Lead curriculum updates, research/review new industry-specific resources/competencies, and participate in SPS faculty governance processes.

  • Serve as point of contact for Course Developers, Course Coordinator, and Section Leads for recommended curriculum development/revisions.

  • Lead and continually evolve the program to ensure leadership in the marketplace, high student engagement and impactful mentoring by industry experts

  • Develop and teach graduate-level courses in an online format

  • Coordinate and conduct strategic review of all program materials and lead curriculum-related aspects of accreditation review.

  • Participate in School governance through faculty meetings, development/training, and in course evaluation/review sessions.

  • Supports the recruitment, selection and evaluation of program faculty.

Required Qualifications:

  • Earned doctorate/terminal degree in teaching discipline or related discipline

  • Five years of progressive experience within the field or discipline

  • Administrative experience preferred

  • Highly skilled and attuned to adult learning best practices

  • Possesses a deep understanding of emerging practice in the field

  • Graduate-level, online course development and teaching experience preferred

Wake Forest University

Wake Forest University is a private, coeducational institution dedicated to academic excellence in liberal arts, graduate, and professional education. Founded in 1834, the University is ranked among the top thirty national universities according to U.S. News & World Report. With over 5,000 undergraduates and 3,000 graduate and professional students, the student-faculty ratio is 11:1. 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 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. Click here for quick facts about the University.

Application Procedure

For online application instructions, click here to visit the Wake Forest University Careers site and select Faculty Openings. Applications should include a letter of application, statement of teaching philosophy, current curriculum vitae/resume, transcript(s) for highest earned degree(s), and any recent course evaluation results. (Note: Formal transcripts will be required before a hiring offer can be made.) Inquiries about the position should be addressed to askhr@wfu.edu.

Review of applications will begin immediately.

Wake Forest seeks to recruit and retain a diverse workforce and encourages qualified candidates across all group demographics to apply. In order to provide a safe learning and living community, Wake Forest University conducts background investigations for all final candidates being considered for employment.

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.

Wake Forest seeks to recruit and retain a diverse workforce and encourages qualified candidates across all group demographics to apply. In order to provide a safe learning and living community, Wake Forest University conducts background investigations for all final candidates being considered for employment.

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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