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Hampden-Sydney College and the Wilson Center for Leadership - Open Faculty Position

14 Nov 2019 3:10 PM | L.J. McElravy (Administrator)

10/31/19 Wheat Professorship Prospectus

Hampden-Sydney College and the Wilson Center for Leadership in the Public Interest invite applications from accomplished senior practitioners and scholars with appropriate professional experience for the James C. Wheat Professorship in Leadership. The Wheat Professor will offer interdisciplinary courses for qualified upper classmen and participate in college-wide programs. The contract will be for a single year and renewable for not more than two additional years at the discretion of the Academic Dean.

While the professional background of the Wheat Professor may be in business, communications, government service, law, or a variety of academic disciplines, the courses are expected to exceed the limits of any single professional field. The college is intent on identifying a person of intellectual flexibility and wide professional and/or academic experience.

The successful candidate will teach three courses per academic year.  The Wheat Professor will teach Leadership and Ethics (Interdisciplinary Studies 440) in both the fall and spring semester.  She or he will also develop another special topics class dealing with leadership and/or public policy topics in the area of expertise.  That second class will be taught either in the fall or spring at the choice of the professor.  Though this is a part-time position, the Wheat Professor is expected to spend time on campus advising students and engaging the broader campus community.  The Wheat Professor is expected to give at least one public talk each semester.

Hampden-Sydney College is a selective liberal arts institution for men enrolling over 1000 students, located on a beautiful 1300-acre campus in Virginia, 60 miles southwest of Richmond.  Founded in 1775, it has been in continuous operation for 244 years, making it the tenth oldest institution of higher learning in the United States.  The mission of The Wilson Center for Leadership in the Public Interest is to “prepare men of character for lives of consequence.”  We do so by linking grounded theory and practical experience through our two minors (Leadership in the Public Interest and National Security Studies), our four year leadership program, and lectures and programs scheduled throughout the academic year. 

The Wilson Center is named for noted national security leader, Lt. General Samuel V. Wilson (bio who served as the 22nd President of Hampden-Sydney College.  The Wilson family gave all of his writings and memorabilia to the College upon his death in 2017.  A full time archivist has been hired to digitize and catalogue the extensive collection that sheds light on national security decision-making from World War II through the Global War on Terror.  The Wheat Professor would have the ability to engage the archivist, student workers, and the collection as part of the position. 

Please submit a letter of interest, CV or resume, and three names of reference to Interfolio at the following link:  The letter of interest should describe your philosophy of leadership and approach to teaching leadership and ethics.  A review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.  Hampden-Sydney College values diversity, prohibits discrimination, and is committed to equal opportunity for all employees and applicants for employment.

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