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Assistant Teaching Professor, Center for Entrepreneurship and Program for Leadership and Character

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Job Description Summary

The Center for Entrepreneurship and the Program for Leadership and Character at Wake Forest University seek an engaged, creative, and committed teacher-scholar to fill a position as Assistant Teaching Professor. This full-time, non-tenure track position with benefits offers an initial two-year appointment with possibility of renewal and promotion on a teaching-centered career path. The Assistant Teaching Professor will join an innovative and interdisciplinary 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. This is a teaching-centric role with responsibilities divided as 80% teaching and 20% service. The course load is 3 per semester (a 3:3 load), including development and delivery of at least two courses with a primary focus on Leadership and Character in the context of Entrepreneurship and at least two courses that integrate Leadership and Character into Entrepreneurship. The person in this role will also contribute to the co-curricular programming of the Center for Entrepreneurship and the Program for Leadership and Character. In addition to participating in course development workshops and mentoring from faculty in both programs, the Assistant Teaching Professor will work with research scholars from the Program for Leadership and Character to assess the impact of their courses and potentially publish relevant research.

We welcome candidates with a Ph.D. or terminal degree in in sociology, communication, philosophy, religious studies, education, leadership studies, entrepreneurship, management, organizational behavior, organizational studies, business ethics, or related fields who specialize in entrepreneurship, leadership, and/or ethics and have interest in working across disciplines to pursue ethics- and entrepreneurship-related teaching and research. 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.

Job Description:

About Us:

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 with approximately 5200 undergraduates and 3200 graduate and professional students in the Schools of Medicine, Law, Divinity, and Business. 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.

The Center for Entrepreneurship at Wake Forest University is an exciting academic program that is uniquely positioned in the College of Arts and Sciences. We offer an interdisciplinary minor that seeks to educate and inspire entrepreneurial leaders through engaged teaching, coaching, and mentoring within a robust and vibrant entrepreneurial culture. In addition to our undergraduate minor, we offer a robust set of co-curricular programs that draw creatively on the liberal arts to prepare ethical and effective entrepreneurs. Students minoring in Entrepreneurship are majors across 27 disciplines, including History, Sociology, Psychology, Business, Communication, Engineering, and Environmental Science and Sustainability, providing a rich environment for diverse perspectives and collaborations to identify high impact solutions to high impact problems for the betterment of our world.

The Program for Leadership and Character is an innovative program 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 who are leading experts on the study of character. The Program has established a partnership with the Oxford Character Project, received major grants from foundations to support leadership and character development in the College and professional schools, and been profiled as a model for how universities can educate character.

For quick facts about the University, see For more on the Center for Entrepreneurship, see For more on the Program for Leadership and Character, see

To apply:

To apply, please submit the following in ONE PDF FILE to 1) a cover letter addressed to the members of the search committee that speaks to your motivation for joining our team and your suitability for this job posting; 2) a curriculum vitae; 3) a teaching statement that addresses the candidate’s philosophy of teaching and learning as well as a plan to establish an inclusive classroom culture and one that infuses the liberal arts; and 4) evidence of successful student engagement, such as student evaluations or student letters of support (if available). Additionally, at least three confidential letters of recommendation must be sent via email to Cindy Baker ( – the Center for Entrepreneurship Administrative Coordinator). Aside from the CV and teaching evaluations, all other documents should not exceed 2 pages each.

The position is scheduled to begin on July 1, 2023. Applications arriving by September 15 will be given priority consideration.

Inquiries about the application process and document submission may be addressed to Inquiries about the position in general can be directed to Cindy Baker ( – the Center for Entrepreneurship Administrative Coordinator) who will direct the inquiry to the appropriate person.

Essential Functions:

  • Teaches six courses per year (a 3:3 load), including at least four courses or sections that integrate leadership and character in entrepreneurship.

  • Develops at least two new syllabi and other teaching resources related to leadership and character in the context of entrepreneurship

  • Provides academic advising to lower-division students and minors in Entrepreneurship.

  • Participates in course development workshops and ongoing professional development related to leadership and character.

  • Works with the Co-Directors of Research and Assessment in the Program for Leadership and Character to develop assessment plans for their courses, assess the impact of their courses, and potentially publish relevant scholarly research.

  • Assists with designing and delivering curricular and co-curricular programming for the Center for Entrepreneurship and the Program for Leadership and Character.

  • Assists other faculty in the Center for Entrepreneurship with integrating leadership and/or character into their courses or curricula.

  • Attends meetings, retreats, and convenings of the Center for Entrepreneurship, the Program for Leadership and Character, and the College faculty.

  • Provide service to the Center for Entrepreneurship, Program for Leadership and Character, and the College.

  • Pursues relevant research, presents research in academic contexts, and represents both programs at relevant academic conferences and educational convenings.

  • Meets as needed with the Directors of the Center for Entrepreneurship, Executive Director of the Program for Leadership and Character, and related faculty and staff.

  • Provides summaries and information about their work for inclusion in both programs’ annual reports.

  • Performs other duties as needed.

Required Education, Knowledge, Skills, Abilities:

  • Ph.D. or terminal degree in sociology, communication, philosophy, religious studies, education, leadership studies, entrepreneurship, management, organizational behavior, organizational studies, business ethics, or related fields who specialize in entrepreneurship, leadership, and/or ethics required. Other degrees may be considered in exceptional circumstances.

  • Teaching and/or research expertise related to leadership, character, virtue, and/or ethics.

  • Commitment to interdisciplinary teaching, research, and engagement.

    • Record of excellent undergraduate teaching and mentoring and a commitment to developing creative pedagogy.

    • Commitment to supporting the intellectual and ethical development of undergraduate students.

  • Experience with, and sensitivity to, diverse populations and the ability to build inclusive and equitable communities where differences are appreciated and engaged.

  • Excellent writing, research, and communication skills.

  • Excellent organizational and interpersonal skills.

  • 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 collaborative 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.

Additional Job Description


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.

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 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 (

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