Assistant Professor of Philosophy

Virginia, United States
Salary Commensurate with experience
Nov 09, 2020
Employment Level
Tenured/Tenured Track
Employment Type
Full Time

The Washington and Lee University Philosophy Department invites applications for a tenure-track position in Philosophy at the rank of Assistant Professor to begin July 1, 2021.

Areas of specialization (AOS): Metaphysics and Buddhist Philosophy. Area of Competence (AOC): Classical Chinese Philosophy, East or South Asian Philosophies.

Candidates should be prepared to teach Introduction to Theories of Knowledge and Reality as well as courses at all levels in the AOS and AOC. In addition, candidates should be prepared to contribute regularly to one or more of the following departments or interdisciplinary programs by offering courses in that department or program or courses in philosophy that contribute to that department or program: Middle East and South Asia Studies, East Asian Studies, East Asian Languages and Literatures.

Teaching load is 5 undergraduate courses over two 12-week semesters, plus one 4-week intensive May term course every other year. Thesis and independent study supervision. Normal departmental service. No summer teaching.

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.


A Ph.D. in Philosophy is required by the time of appointment. Teaching experience is highly desirable.

Application Instructions

Applications are accepted online only at A complete application will include: cover letter, CV, research statement, one article-length writing sample, teaching statement, teaching portfolio, and at least three letters of recommendation. Review of applications will begin December 11, 2020. To ensure full consideration, please submit all required documents by December 11, 2020.

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

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.

Statement of Commitment to Diversity

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.