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Postdoctoral Fellow in Character Education, Program for Leadership and Character
Wake Forest University
Program for Leadership & Character
Post-doctoral Position

Job Description Summary

The Program for Leadership and Character at Wake Forest University seeks a thoughtful, engaged, and creative teacher-scholar to become a Postdoctoral Fellow in Character Education. The Postdoctoral Fellow will join an innovative cohort of emerging scholars from the humanities, social sciences, natural sciences, and the professions to advance research and teaching on character education and assist faculty in designing and assessing innovative new courses and modules on character within and across various academic disciplines and professional fields. The Postdoctoral Fellow will develop and deepen their scholarly and pedagogical expertise in virtue ethics and character education, organize and deliver workshops to faculty in the undergraduate college and professional schools, provide individualized coaching and consulting on pedagogical design, coordinate a major conference on “Character across the Curriculum,” develop resources that can be used by faculty at Wake Forest and beyond, and assist the Program for Leadership and Character with all aspects of pedagogical design and delivery. The Postdoctoral Fellow will benefit from course development workshops, mentoring from faculty and staff in the Program for Leadership and Character, and opportunities to pursue research and publication.

The two-year fellowship is funded by a grant from the Kern Family Foundation. We welcome candidates with doctoral degrees in fields related to the study and/or education of virtue and character, including but not limited to education, human development, philosophy, political theory, or psychology. Compelling applicants will demonstrate expertise on virtue and character, an openness to interdisciplinary engagement, a commitment to effective pedagogical design, and an ability to work constructively with faculty across various disciplines and fields to teach and mentor students from diverse backgrounds, including international students, first-generation students, and those who identify as members of historically marginalized communities.

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 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. With the aim to educate the whole person, the University has established an innovative Program for Leadership and Character that plans creative 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 and has been profiled as a model for how universities can educate character. For quick facts about the University, see For more on the Program for Leadership and Character, see

Please provide a cover letter addressed to the members of the search committee that speaks to your fit for this role, a curriculum vita, and a statement describing your approach to pedagogy. You may also submit optional supplemental documents that speak to your experience with teaching and/or pedagogical design. At least three confidential letters of recommendation must be sent via email to The position begin will begin on July 1, 2021.

For additional information, please contact Dr. Michael Lamb at

Job Description

Essential Functions: 


  • Assist faculty with the design and assessment of new courses and modules on character within and across various disciplines and professional fields.
  • Organize and deliver workshops to faculty on how to educate character within a university context.
  • Provide individualized coaching and consulting on pedagogical design.
  • Conduct research on virtue, character, and pedagogical design.
  • Coordinate a major conference on “Character across the Curriculum.”
  • Develop resources that can be used by faculty to educate character at Wake Forest and beyond.
  • Assist the Program for Leadership and Character with all aspects of pedagogical design and delivery.
  • Works collaboratively with faculty, staff, and postdoctoral fellows to advance the work of the Program.
  • Attends regular meetings of the Program for Leadership and Character.
  • Presents research findings and represents the Program for Leadership and Character at relevant academic conferences and educational convenings.
  • Assists with other programming and research of the Program for Leadership and Character as needed.

Required Education, Knowledge, Skills, Abilities: 

  • Doctoral degree in related fields, including but not limited to education, human development, philosophy, political theory, or psychology.
  • Record of excellent teaching and commitment to developing creative pedagogy.
  • Excellent writing, research, and communication skills. 
  • Excellent organizational and interpersonal skills. 
  • Commitment to supporting the intellectual and ethical development of students. 
  • Experience with, and sensitivity to, diverse populations and the ability to build inclusive and equitable communities where differences are appreciated and engaged. 
  • 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 cooperative member of a team.
    • Positively influence colleagues and develop collaborative relationships with a wide range of people.
  • Willingness to learn more about character education 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.

Preferred Education, Knowledge, Skills, Abilities:

  • Scholarly expertise related to character, virtue, and/or ethics in education.
  • Knowledge of character education theories, methods, and practices.
  • Expertise in pedagogical design and/or assessment.


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.

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