Faith and Health Post-Doctoral Teaching Fellow and Scholar, School of Divinity

North Carolina, United States
Competitive Salary
Feb 16, 2021
Employment Level
Employment Type
Full Time

Wake Forest University School of Divinity invites applications for a two-year post-doctoral teaching fellow and scholar beginning July 1, 2021.

The Faith and Health Postdoctoral Teaching Fellow and Scholar will provide leadership and support in expanding Wake Divinity’s Faith and Health Concentration through a particular focus on health and sexuality (and/or healthy physical and emotional intimacy) as they relate to pastoral care and/or faith contexts. The Post-Doctoral Teaching Fellow and Scholar will develop courses to contribute to the Concentration, provide leadership in helping religious leaders cultivate a holistic view of wellness, and explore and implement strategies for helping religious communities embody this holistic view in worship, education, mission, and other programs in their local contexts.

The Fellow will participate in COMPASS Initiative® Faith Coordinating Center planning meetings and will serve as a non-voting member of the Wake Div faculty. The Fellow will teach the equivalent of two courses (six credit hours each) per academic year as part of Wake Div’s Food, Faith, Health and Ecological Well-Being Concentration and work with Center partners to create programs that encourage greater awareness and knowledge of HIV/AIDS and related health care concerns in religious communities.

We are particularly interested in teacher-scholars who have experience with and interest in teaching and research at the intersections of faith and the health of the public. The successful candidate will demonstrate a commitment to core teaching and research values that resonate with Wake Div’s and the Center’s values.

Job Description:

Essential Functions:

  • Works collaboratively with Center team to create and implement educational programs for religious communities in local contexts;
  • Teaches courses in Wake Div’s Faith and Health Concentration;
  • Attends monthly Wake Div faculty meetings;
  • Reports to the Vice Dean for Faculty Development and Academic Initiatives and works in consultation with the Executive Director of the Center;
  • Collaborates with the Senior Associate Dean for Strategic Initiatives and Integrative Learning to recruit Faith and Health Fellows for the MDiv degree program;
  • Provides regular reports to the Executive Director of the Center.
Required Education, Knowledge, Skills, Abilities:

  • Ph.D. in a pastoral care or other religious/theological field directly related to trauma-informed spiritual care and/or health and sexuality;
  • Evidence of strong teaching and course design skills;
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills;
  • Strong interpersonal skills;
  • Ability to design and implement curricula for MDiv students and for diverse religious communities;
  • Interest in research and teaching in fields related to health and sexuality as they pertain to pastoral care in religious communities and as they relate to HIV/AIDS, particularly in the southern regions of the U.S.;
  • Ability to work independently;
  • Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively with diverse groups and partners.

Additional Job Description

Preferred Education, Knowledge, Skills, Abilities:

  • Experience working with diverse religious communities;
  • Knowledge or or familiarity with HIV/Aids research in general and within African American populations in the South in particular.

  • Responsible for own work;
  • Collaborates with the Center team.
  • Reports to the Vice Dean of the Divinity School.

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.