Job Description SummaryThe 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.
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 http://www.wfu.edu/visitors/quickfacts.html. For more on the Program for Leadership and Character, see https://leadershipandcharacter.wfu.edu/.
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 email@example.com. The position begin will begin on July 1, 2021.
For additional information, please contact Dr. Michael Lamb at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- 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.