Visiting Assistant Professor of History

Virginia, United States
Salary Not Specified
Feb 10, 2021
Employment Type
Full Time

The Department of History at Washington and Lee University invites applications for a one-year visiting assistant professor of US History, beginning July 1, 2021, with the possibility of a second year renewal. This position carries a 6-course teaching load distributed over Fall and Winter terms (12 weeks each) and the university’s 4-week Spring Term. Candidates should be prepared to teach both halves of the introductory US history surveys (to 1876 and since 1876) and to offer upper division courses in their area of expertise. We are especially interested in candidates who can offer courses in environmental history and/or indigenous history.

W&L 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.

Washington and Lee University is a highly selective, independent, co-educational, liberal arts college of approximately 1850 undergraduate and 400 law students and located in Lexington, VA, three hours southwest of Washington, DC. W&L is consistently ranked among the top 12 national liberal arts colleges. Established in 1749, it is the ninth oldest institution of higher learning in the nation.

Preferred candidates will hold a Ph.D. or have ABD status in History and will be able to teach both halves of the US History survey as well as upper division courses in environmental history and/or indigenous history.

Review of applications will begin March 12, 2021. Candidates should submit:

  • A letter of application summarizing teaching interests and experience, scholarly pursuits, and demonstrating the ability to work with a diverse student population
  • a CV
  • names and contact details of three references who are willing and able to write confidential letters of recommendation (we will solicit the letters when and as needed)
  • an article-length writing sample

All materials should be submitted via Interfolio at .

Our search committee will conduct conference interviews virtually. After application review, finalists will be invited for Zoom interviews in mid-late March.

For more information, please contact Mikki Brock 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.

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.

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