Faculty Candidate Information

faculty member and studentRoanoke College is a great place to work and make a difference in the lives of students. The information below should help you learn a bit more about Roanoke College, the beautiful Roanoke Valley where we are located, and some details about Faculty Work.

Roanoke College

Roanoke College was founded in 1842. We have about 2000 students, and offer only bachelor's level degrees. Majors are mostly traditional liberal arts, with some pre-professional programs. Nearly all of our students are traditional college-aged (18-22), and three-quarters live on campus. About 25% of our students are Division 3 athletes. About half are from Virginia. About 18% are students of color. 

We have roughly 160 full-time faculty members. Over 95% have terminal degrees. Fewer than 10% of our courses are taught by adjuncts. We do not have graduate students.

Roanoke College emphasizes helping each student discover their purpose.

More detailed information can be found on the College's Institutional Research webpages

You can view a virtual tour of campus at https://www.roanoke.edu/virtualtour

The Roanoke Valley

The Roanoke Valley is a beautiful place to live whether you are looking for a small city, suburban, or rural setting. It offers a multitude of outdoor activities, great schools, low cost of living/housing, an active downtown area, and safe neighborhoods. The College is located in Salem, which is a small town with about 25,000 residents. We are directly adjacent to Roanoke, a city of about 100,000, and surrounded by Roanoke County, with about 95,000 residents. We are roughly 30 minutes from Blacksburg, the home of Virginia Tech. The cost of living is below average (84.1 on a scale where 100 is average in the US).

Check out these web resources:

Overview: Visit Roanoke

Outdoors stuff: students collecting data in the woods

Roanoke Outside
Explore Park
Blue Ridge Parkway
The Greenways

Here are a couple of YouTubes: Be a Trailsetter and Top Adventure Town

Salem Parks & Rec
Salem Red Sox Baseball

Roanoke Parks & Rec

Cultural organizations, selected:

Taubman Museum of Art
Roanoke Symphony
Jefferson Center of the Performing Arts
Center in the Square
Salem Civic Center
Berglund Center (Roanoke Civic Center)
The Harvester Performance Center

Municipal Governments, Newspapers, Chamber of Commerce:

City of Roanoke
City of Salem
Roanoke County

Daily newspaper for the Roanoke Area (Roanoke Times)
Weekly newspaper for Salem, VA (Salem Times-Register)

Salem-Roanoke County Chamber of Commerce
Roanoke City Chamber of Commerce

Cost of living/housing information:  http://www.bestplaces.net/ 

Schools, public and selected private:

Salem City Schools
Roanoke City Schools
Roanoke County Schools
Community School (K-8)
Community High School
Salem Montesorri School (K-8)
North Cross School

Daycare and pre-school options are numerous. 

Where to Eat:

See Roanoker Magazine's "Best of" and "Dining" Categories

Within walking distance of campus:

Mac & Bob's
Blue Apron
Macado's
Frankie Rowland's Salem
El Jefe
and more . . . 

Where we take friends:

Local Roots, Lucky's, Table 50, River & Rail, Nawab, Wildflower, Wasena Tap, Rockfish, Carlos', Montano's, Blue 5, Jack Brown's, Cafe Asia, Leonore, Fortunato, Billy's, . . .

Faculty Work

The most important aspect of faculty work is teaching, but we also value and expect scholarship and service to the College. Tenure track appointments generally require 6 courses per year, plus a course in our May Term every third year. We often refer to this as a 6-6-7 load. Tenure track faculty maintain active research agendas with expectations for some publication. Service can take many forms. No more than one college-wide committee is allowed, but faculty are at the heart of the curriculum and other programs. That work requires broad participation at the departmental level. We want faculty invested in the life of the college. 

Non-tenure track appointments, such as visiting assistant professors and lecturers, are not expected to pursue scholarship, but are welcome to do so. They are also not asked to serve on college-wide committees, but are encouraged to find ways to participate in the life of the college and to interact with students beyond their classrooms.