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Assistant Teaching Professor, Interdisciplinary Humanities Program and Program for Leadership a...

Wake Forest University
Winston Salem, NC

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Arts & Humanities, Ethnic & Cultural Studies
Position Type
Assistant Professor
Employment Type
Full Time
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

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Job Description Summary

The Interdisciplinary Humanities Program and Program for Leadership and Character at Wake Forest University seek an engaged, creative, and committed teacher-scholar to become an Assistant Teaching Professor. The Assistant Teaching Professor will join an innovative and interdisciplinary cohort of scholars from the humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences to develop and teach leadership and character-related courses within and across their respective disciplines. 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. Because of the teaching-centric nature of the role, responsibilities are divided as 80% teaching and 20% service. The Assistant Teaching Professor will teach three courses per semester (a 3:3 load) and contribute to the co-curricular programming of the Interdisciplinary Humanities Program and the Program for Leadership and Character. The Assistant Teaching Professor will benefit from course development workshops and mentoring from faculty in both programs as well as support for professional and scholarly development.

Job Description:

We welcome candidates with a Ph.D. in any field in the humanities, including but not limited to literature, history, classics, philosophy, political theory, religious studies, African American studies, environmental studies, and/or women’s, gender, and sexuality studies. Given the needs of the Program and the College, the Assistant Teaching Professor will focus primarily on offering first-year seminars focused on the intersection of leadership, character, and the environment and teaching other humanities courses related to ethics and/or the environment, some of which may contribute to Wake Forest’s new Ethical Inquiry requirement. The candidates may also have opportunities to teach other courses in the Interdisciplinary Humanities Program based on their scholarly expertise. Compelling applicants will demonstrate a commitment to excellence in interdisciplinary teaching and mentoring undergraduate students from diverse backgrounds, including international students, first-generation students, and those who identify as members of historically marginalized communities.

Essential Functions:

  • Teaches six courses per year (a 3:3 load), including at least four courses or sections focused on leadership, character, and/or the environment.

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

  • Provides academic advising to lower-division students and minors in the Interdisciplinary Humanities Program.

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

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

  • Works with researchers 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.

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

  • Provides service to Interdisciplinary Humanities Program, the Program for Leadership and Character, and the College.

  • Meets as needed with the Director of Interdisciplinary Humanities, 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:

  • A doctorate in a related field in the humanities.

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

  • 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.

Additional Job Description

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 dedicated to academic excellence in liberal arts, graduate and professional education. Located in Winston-Salem, NC (“The City of Arts and Innovation”), 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. With the aim to educate the whole person, the University has established an innovative Program for Leadership and Character 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 received a $30 million grant to support a national community of colleges and universities focused on educating character.

The Interdisciplinary Humanities Program is a vibrant and dynamic academic program that draws insights from multiple disciplines to explore what it means to be human. The Interdisciplinary Humanities Program offers an undergraduate minor and a wide range of courses that address big questions from a variety of disciplinary and ethical perspectives. For quick facts about the University, see For more on the Program for Leadership and Character, see For more on the Interdisciplinary Humanities Program, see

Please provide 1) a cover letter that speaks to your interest in the position, your scholarly expertise in humanities-based approaches to environmentalism and/or ethics, your teaching experience, and the courses you would be prepared to design and teach, 2) a curriculum vitae, 3) a teaching statement that describes your approach to teaching, 4) copies of course evaluations (if available), and 5) a list of five professional references. References will be contacted only for short-listed candidates with prior approval. Applicants should submit all of the required application materials as one pdf via the Human Resources website. The position is scheduled to begin on July 1, 2024. Applications arriving by April 22, 2024, will be given priority consideration.

For additional information, please contact Dr. José Luis Venegas at or Dr. Michael Lamb at


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, and encourages qualified candidates across all group demographics to apply.

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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