Assistant Professor, Department of Engineering

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Job Description Summary

Job Description:

The Department of Engineering at Wake Forest University invites faculty applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor with expertise in electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, and/or related fields to begin July 1, 2023. The successful candidate will diversify our team through their engineering expertise and will provide significant contributions in support of our students’ educational and professional development as engineers. The successful candidate will also seek to advance knowledge and make positive impact to our community and society via basic, applied, and entrepreneurial research. A Ph.D. is required for the position and P.E. licensure highly valued. 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. 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, is a collegiate university that 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 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. Embracing WFU’s culture as a leading collegiate university in the US, the Department of Engineering prides itself in realizing the university motto of Pro Humanitate (For Humanity) through its commitment to engaged liberal arts and the teacher-scholar ideal to offer an exceptional professional education for the next generation of engineers.

Who We Are – Wake Forest’s Department of Engineering welcomed its inaugural class of engineering students in August 2017 and offers a Bachelor of Science Engineering degree that is ABET accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission (EAC). Our students graduate with an exemplary undergraduate experience evidenced by over 75% of students pursuing minors or second majors beyond engineering, over 50% of students pursuing undergraduate research, over 50% of students participating in study abroad, and over 70% of students participating in industry experiences. Upon graduation, our graduates pursue positions in industry (~70%), graduate education (~20%), and other professional pathways (~10%). Five optional engineering concentrations are available to our students: (1) biomedical engineering, (2) civil and environmental engineering, (3) computer and electrical engineering, (4) materials and chemical engineering, and (5) mechanical engineering. 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 the 11 permanent faculty (60% being women), several visiting and part-time faculty, 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 and who wants to contribute to an educational and entrepreneurial 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 and capstone design projects); (2) establish a vigorous, externally supported research program that can include undergraduate students in meaningful projects; and (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, assessment and continuous improvement to support accreditation processes.

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 for the position, professional 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 academic or professional references; (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 is committed to the liberal arts and the university motto of Pro Humanitate (For Humanity); (4) a scholarship statement that describes the candidate’s ideas and plans for scholarly pursuits, impact, and professional growth; 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, 2022 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. Olga Pierrakos (Founding Chair and Professor, WFU Department of Engineering, pierrao@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.

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.

New employees who are hired into positions posted prior to September 13, 2021, offers of employment made to new employees prior to that date, and employees for positions at Graylyn Conference Center are generally exempt from the vaccination requirement unless the employee’s position is otherwise subject to a vaccination requirement due to the essential components of the position as described in Policy.

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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