Assistant Professor of Spanish (August 2020)

The Washington and Lee University Department of Romance Languages invites applications for a tenure-track position in Golden-Age Spanish literature at the rank of assistant professor. We seek a candidate with teaching and scholarly interests in the canonical writers of the Renaissance and Baroque periods, and also able to connect that literary culture to the implications of empire, including the response in the Americas to the imposition of cultural norms and political will on local populations, including indigenous and enslaved peoples, as well as colonists. The appointment begins July 1, 2021. Candidates should be prepared to teach language courses, introductory courses on literature and culture, and advanced courses in their field of specialization. Candidates should also be prepared to contribute to the university’s Latin American and Caribbean Studies and/or Medieval-Renaissance Studies programs, and to lead study abroad programs.

Washington and Lee University promotes a dynamic and inclusive environment that allows students and employees of multiple backgrounds, cultures, and perspectives to learn, work, and thrive together. Successful candidates will contribute to that environment and exhibit potential for excellence in teaching and for vigorous scholarship. In keeping with the University Strategic Plan, we welcome applications from underrepresented minority candidates and members of other communities that are traditionally underrepresented in academia.

Romance Languages is a vibrant department with robust enrollments, and we seek a candidate who will contribute immediately to ensuring our continued growth. Washington and Lee is a highly selective, independent, co-educational, highly ranked, liberal arts college of approximately 1850 undergraduate and 400 law students located in the scenic Shenandoah Valley of Virginia.

Candidates will exhibit native or near-native fluency in Spanish and hold a PhD in Spanish literature at the time of appointment. Candidates will also demonstrate excellence in teaching and promise in scholarly research.

Review of completed applications will begin October 15, 2020 . After application review, semi-finalists will be interviewed via Zoom starting in November. Candidates should submit the following materials via Interfolio at

  • a letter of application summarizing current and future scholarship, teaching interests and experience, and demonstrating the ability to work with a diverse student population
  • a CV
  • three confidential letters of recommendation
  • a writing sample (dissertation chapter or published article)

For more information, please contact Prof. Matthew Bailey at

Washington and Lee is an Equal Opportunity Employer. As such, we are interested in candidates who are committed to high standards of scholarship, performance and professionalism and to the development of a campus climate that supports equality and diversity in our faculty, staff and student body. Job description requirements are representative, but not all‐inclusive of the knowledge, skill, and abilities needed to successfully perform this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable qualified individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions.

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Washington and Lee affirms that diverse perspectives and backgrounds enhance our community. We are committed to the recruitment, enrichment, and retention of students, faculty, and staff who embody many experiences, cultures, points of view, interests, and identities. As engaged citizens in a global and diverse society, we seek to advance a positive learning and working environment for all through open and substantive dialogue.

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