Assistant/Associate Professor of Health Law and Policy

Salem Academy and College invites applications for a full-time faculty position in Open Rank Professor of Health Law and Policy. This tenure-track position is scheduled to begin in August 2023. We are seeking a faculty member with undergraduate teaching expertise in health law and policy. Further, we seek applicants who have a demonstrated commitment to educating a diverse student body and facilitating efforts in diversity, equity, and inclusion.

About Salem Academy and College:

Salem Academy and College is the oldest continuously operating educational institution for girls and women in the country by its founding date of 1772.  The institution is currently celebrating its 250th anniversary and is engaging in transformational change to innovate in women’s education. Salem Academy is a college preparatory school located on a diverse, active college campus focused on preparing young women for careers in STEAM. Salem College is the nation’s only liberal arts college exclusively dedicated to developing the next generation of women in health leadership. Salem Academy and College is located in Winston Salem, North Carolina, a vibrant college town known for arts and innovation.

Position Summary:

The position will contribute to the institutional focus on educating students in a range of liberal arts programs related to health leadership. The appointment will be housed in the Social Sciences Division, which includes interdisciplinary degree programs in Health Communication and Health Advocacy and Humanitarian Systems as well as programs in Communication and Media Studies; Political Science; Nonprofit Management, Sociology and Criminology; Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. The ideal candidate will complement existing faculty expertise in health communication, trans policy and rights, equity and access, community organizing, substance abuse interventions, crime studies, and maternal health and breastfeeding.

Successful candidates will be able to articulate the importance of a robust liberal arts education as preparation for law school as well as other career paths students may pursue after graduation.

The division is particularly interested in candidates whose expertise includes law and policy related to health equity, disparities, access, justice, and ethics.

This position will involve development and teaching of primarily undergraduate courses and involvement in other administrative tasks related to teaching. The successful candidate will also advise the Salem College Pre-Law Society and work to build partnerships with institutions and organizations that bolster student opportunities.

Existing courses the ideal candidate might teach include: Introduction to Public Policy; Ethics and Public Policy; Quantitative Methods; Research Capstone; History of US Health Policy. Potential new courses that would complement the Salem College curriculum include: Bioethics and Law; Health Law; additional classes in the candidate’s areas of expertise that enhance current curricula.

Salem College celebrates diversity and inclusive excellence. We believe that the cultural and social diversity of our faculty, staff, and students is vitally important to the successful future of our academic programs. We seek colleagues who will advance our institutional commitment to ensuring that Salem College is an inclusive, equitable, and diverse community. Candidates are asked to include as part of their cover letter a brief discussion of how their work will further these ideals.

Required Qualifications:

  • Candidates must have a J.D. and a record of academic excellence.
  • Experience teaching at the undergraduate level is strongly preferred.

Physical Functions:

While performing the responsibilities of this position, the employee is required to travel moderate distances around campus to meet and communicate with employees, students, and other campus constituents in the performance of the essential duties and responsibilities; to work at a computer for extended periods of time; receive detailed information through auditory and oral communication; to express and exchange ideas by means of spoken word; and to work on campus and in an office setting.

Application Process:

To apply, please send a letter of interest addressing your qualifications for the position along with a resume or curriculum vitae; a diversity, equity, and inclusion statement; a statement of teaching philosophy; and contact information for three professional references to The letter of interest may be addressed to the “Health Law and Policy Search Committee.” The review of applications will begin immediately and will be ongoing until the position is filled. If you have questions regarding this position, you may email inquiries to


Salem Academy and College is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, national origin, age, religion, disability status, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, veteran status, pregnancy, or any other characteristic protected by law.

Latest News

Salem Academy and College Presents Author Sami Schalk

Monday, March 20, 2023
Salem Academy and College, in partnership with Bookmarks, will present author Sami Schalk, Ph.D. on Wednesday, March 29 at 7 p.m.

Salem Academy and College Establishes Future of the Academy Building Task Force

Thursday, March 16, 2023
Salem is exploring the future possibilities for the Salem Academy building with the assistance of Salem Academy alumnae, current staff and community members. This work will result in a plan by the end of 2023 for future use of this important landmark in our community.

PBS North Carolina to Debut “Journey to Salem” Documentary

Tuesday, February 28, 2023
PBS North Carolina will debut the “Journey to Salem” documentary on Wednesday, March 15 at 8 p.m.