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Job Title: Adjunct Professor of Leadership

Department: Institute for Ethical Leadership & Character

Reports To: Ph.D., Chair of Ethical Leadership Program

Job Type: This is a part time, exempt position.

General Description:


Our world is facing unprecedented challenges and it is incumbent upon our universities to develop the skills, capacities, and dispositions inherent to addressing these challenges in our learners. If you are passionate about guiding the next generation of leaders through the complexities of our world and developing their ability to create strategic vision and produce intentional action while listening to, learning from, and walking with organizations and communities for the future, we need you.


The Ph.D. in Ethical Leadership Program and the Institute for Ethical Leadership & Character are committed to and passionate about advancing our university mission. This includes the development of leadership capacity through an interdisciplinary student experience that builds leadership capacity and provides a foundation for shaping change in our world.  Understanding this, we invite applications for multiple part-time adjunct faculty positions. Major responsibilities for this position include teaching courses at the graduate level via online delivery methodologies.  Additionally, opportunities to contribute to and lead innovative research projects and service that advance the broad fields of leadership, leadership learning, and leadership development within the context of ethical leadership are available.  Graduate faculty will also have the option to serve on and chair doctoral dissertation and master’s thesis/capstone project committees. 

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

This position will report to the Chair of the Ph.D. in Ethical Leadership Program and teaching responsibilities will extend across the following academic programs based on academic qualifications, subject matter expertise, and instructor preferences and passions:

1.        Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Ethical Leadership

2.        Master of Arts in Ethical Leadership (Coming Soon)

Position Requirements:

Required Qualifications:

Degree conferral of a Ph.D. or terminal degree in leadership or a closely related field from an accredited academic institution is required to serve at the graduate level.

Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities:
The successful candidate will demonstrate 1) knowledge of and demonstrated competence in leadership theory and application with an emphasis on ethical leadership, 2) demonstrated skills and experience in developing and coordinating undergraduate and graduate student programs and activities, 3) skilled or willingness to develop skill in providing high-quality engaged learning via formal (academic courses) and informal (instructor/student mentoring/coaching) settings, 4) evidence of well-developed, collegial, and collaborative communication skills, 5) ability and willingness to provide expert classroom instruction, curriculum development, and program assessment, and 6) demonstrated ability to teach across a spectrum of ethical leadership courses.

Preferred Qualifications:

Preference will be given to candidates demonstrating 1) excellent communication and interpersonal skills, 2) evidence of well-developed, collegial, and collaborative communications and commitment to service and the pursuit of a research agenda, 3) teaching experience in leadership, and specifically ethical leadership content areas, 4) a well-developed background (or strong aspirations to develop a teaching record) in engaged learning, 5) experience in online/hybrid teaching, 6) pragmatic teaching applications and approaches ideally informed and enhanced by industry experience, 7) an interest in and commitment to interacting effectively with businesses, government organizations, non-profit/community, and higher education institutions locally, regionally, nationally, and internationally, 8) an interest in and commitment to helping build ethical leadership initiatives on campus and in the community, 9) strong evidence of high-quality research capabilities in leadership and ethical leadership, particularly research with industry, community, and student success outcomes/impacts, and 10) awareness of and sensitivity to educational goals tied to equitable and just practices that advance the success of diverse student populations.


Application Information: 

Applications should consist of 1) a letter of interest addressing the candidate’s alignment with the position and philosophy of leadership learning, scholarship, and service, 2) a curriculum vitae, and 3) a list of three professional references with full contact information indicating the nature of the candidate’s working relationship with each. References will not be contacted without the explicit permission of the candidate. The position will remain open until filled.  However, we will be adding adjunct faculty positions as the enrollment of the programs grows. Questions about the position should be directed to the search chair, Clint Ramirez Stephens, Ph.D., at    

William Woods University is an independent institution chartered by the State of Missouri with main campus facilities in Fulton, MO.  It has been operating continuously since 1870, taking its current form as a coeducational university with undergraduate and graduate programs in 1993.  Today, William Woods draws approximately 2,000 undergraduate and graduate students from 35 states and approximately 11 foreign countries.  William Woods has been ranked as a Top 100 Midwest University by U.S. News and World Report, and has been recognized for the quality and affordability of its online degree programs.  With a full liberal arts curriculum, William Woods also offers a strong professional tradition, with nationally ranked programs in Equestrian Studies and American Sign Language. Its graduate education program figures strongly in the administration and leadership of Missouri's state school system.  William Woods University is governed by a self-perpetuating board of trustees, and remains committed to serving the public good by helping students link intellectual development with the responsibilities of citizenship and professional life.

William Woods University is an Equal Opportunity Employer