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Job ID: 115518

Teaching Professional OR Professor of the Practice (Assistant Or Associate Rank)
Wake Forest University

Date Posted Nov. 8, 2018
Title Teaching Professional OR Professor of the Practice (Assistant Or Associate Rank)
University Wake Forest University
Winston Salem, NC, United States
Department Department of Engineering
Application Deadline Review begins on December 15, 2018
Position Start Date Jul. 1, 2019
  • Professor
    Associate Professor
    Assistant Professor
  • Engineering - Other
The new Department of Engineering at Wake Forest University invites applications for a Teaching Professor or Professor of the Practice faculty position (at the rank of Assistant or Associate Professor) in any engineering area to begin in the fall semester of 2019.

Job Description
Faculty members with the title of Teaching Professor hold a Ph.D. or terminal degree in the discipline, while faculty members with the title of Professor of the Practice have at least a Master’s Degree in the discipline along with relevant experience different from that achieved through traditional graduate and professional study. The contributions of teaching professionals are significant and cover a broad range of areas, which include teaching, advising and service to their programs, departments, the College, and the University. The successful candidate will diversify our team through their engineering expertise and will provide significant educational contributions in support of our students’ development as engineers. We seek a colleague who is excited about building a new program that embodies the values of empowerment, integrity, inclusion, compassion, growth, and joy in every layer of our fabric (i.e., faculty-student interactions, faculty-faculty interactions, promotion and tenure guidelines, curriculum development, space design, etc.). Further information is available at

Wake Forest University (WFU), a top-30 nationally ranked university located in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, welcomed its inaugural class of engineering students in August 2017. As a collegiate university, WFU 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 new 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 with frequent shuttle service linking the campuses. Wake Downtown opened its doors in January 2017 and is a splendid canvas upon which to design and build a world-renowned engineering program. Embracing WFU’s culture as a leading collegiate university in the US , the new Department of Engineering is part of the undergraduate College, which prides itself in realizing the university motto of Pro Humanitate (for humanity) through its commitment to the engaged liberal arts and the http://teacher-scholar ideal.

Who We Are - In the nation, we are the only BS Engineering program (with undergraduate students only), grounded in the liberal arts at a research university. This unique combination not only defines who we are, but defines our unique characteristics. Our students will graduate with a BS in Engineering and have an exemplary undergraduate experience infused with the liberal arts. 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 7 faculty and 130 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 that recognize the strengths and limits of her/his knowledge and her/his 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, who embodies the same attributes we desire in our students, and who wants to contribute to an educational environment that emphasizes excellence in engineering, creative design and problem solving, and broad societal impact. Faculty members are expected to be engaged teacher-scholars who: (1) teach introductory and advanced engineering classes at the undergraduate level; (2) teach first-year and upper-level interdisciplinary topical courses to majors and nonmajors alike; (3) support a vigorous capstone design experience and other meaningful project experiences by building partnerships with industry and other community partners; (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 and program design, space and laboratory design, and assessment and accreditation efforts. Specifically, because the Department of Engineering and its student body are in the founding phase, applicants should be prepared for and excited about the extra opportunities and challenges that this start-up process necessarily entails.

What To Submit - Interested applicants should apply via the University’s career website at: The application should be submitted as ONE PDF file and include the following: (1) a cover letter that addresses the applicant’s motivation to be a founding faculty member, personal 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 references representing supervisors, students, and staff; (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 infuses the liberal arts; (4) an engineering expertise statement that describes the candidate’s ideas and plans for engineering project pursuits, impact, and professional growth within an undergraduate program; 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, 2018, and will continue until the position is filled with new applications reviewed on a regular cycle. Further information is available at

Inquiries about the application process and document submission may be addressed to Inquiries about the position in general can be directed to Mrs. Cathy Bailey ( - Department of Engineering Administrative Assistant), who will direct the inquiry to the appropriate engineering faculty.

  • Wake Forest University welcomes and encourages diversity and seeks applications and nominations from women and minorities. Wake Forest seeks to recruit and retain a diverse workforce to maintain the excellence of the University, and to offer students richly varied disciplines, perspectives, and ways of knowing and learning.

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Contact Information

  • Human Resources, Recruiting
    Wake Forest University
    PO Box 7424
    1834 Wake Forest Road
    Winston-Salem, NC 27109
  • 13367584700


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