Wake Forest University Department of Engineering 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. The new Department of Engineering invites applications at the rank of Assistant Professor, Associate Professor, and Professor of the Practice in any engineering area to begin in the fall semester of 2018. We seek colleagues who are excited about building a new program that embodies the values of empowerment, integrity, inclusion, compassion, community, growth, and joy in every layer of our fabric (i.e., facultystudent interactions, faculty-faculty interactions, promotion and tenure guidelines, curriculum development, space design, etc.). Successful candidates will be appointed to a teaching professional, tenure track, or tenured position in the Department of Engineering and will help establish the new undergraduate engineering program, which embraces Wake Forest's culture as a leading collegiate university in the US [http://www.wfu.edu/visitors/quickfacts.html]. 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 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 teacher-scholar ideal. The Department of Engineering is the anchor program at the new Wake Downtown campus, located in Wake Forest’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.
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, an authentic liberal arts education educating the whole person, and featuring a project-based curriculum that emphasizes creative design and community partnerships. Currently, the department has 4 faculty and 55 first-year students (40% female and 20% minority). Our vision for our engineering students is to be (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 his/her 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 colleagues who share this vision, embody the same attributes we desire in our students, and who want 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 introductory and first-year courses to nonmajors as well as upper-level interdisciplinary topical courses; (3) establish a scholarly program (in domains that could include discovery, application, integration, and teaching and learning) that will incorporate undergraduate students in meaningful projects; (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. Applicants should have a Ph.D. in an engineering or complementary discipline. Tenure-track/tenure applicants should have a Ph.D. in an engineering or complementary discipline.
What to Submit - Interested applicants should apply online and the application should 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) for a tenuretrack/tenure position, a scholarship statement that describes the candidate’s ideas and plans for scholarly 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 and should be uploaded as PDFs. Please note that there is a limit of 5 file uploads per applicant. Confidential letters of recommendation will be requested for final candidates. Reference requests will be for final candidates. References will only be contacted with prior approval of the applicant. Review of applications will begin on December 15, 2017, and will continue until the positions are filled with new applications reviewed on a regular cycle. Further information is available at college.wfu.edu/engineering/.
Questions about the application process and document submission may be addressed to firstname.lastname@example.org. Inquiries about the position general can be directed to any of the WFU engineering faculty.
Wake Forest University is a highly ranked, private university with approximately 4998 undergraduates and 3000 graduate and professional students in the professional schools of medicine, law, divinity and business.
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 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.
Offering the personal attention of a small liberal arts college, coupled with the breadth and global relevancy of a leading research institution, Wake Forest claims the distinction of being the nation's premier collegiate university. Wake Forest is consistently ranked among the top 30 universities in the nation. Our mission is to educate the whole person, graduating students who seek purpose-filled lives while building a community dedicated to serving humanity in the spirit of our motto, Pro Humanitate.
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