Visiting Assistant Professor of Business Administration (March 2021)
The Department of Business Administration in the Williams School of Commerce, Economics & Politics at Washington and Lee University invites applications for a position as visiting assistant professor in business communication. The position requires teaching experience in communication and/or writing and a PhD in a relevant field. The appointment begins July 1, 2021. ABD candidates must present evidence that their dissertation will be defended by July 1, 2021 and must have some teaching experience.
We are seeking candidates with a background in communication who are passionate about empowering students to craft professional messages - spoken, written, and digital - that are effective, engaging, and ethical. This new visiting line will add to our curriculum’s growing emphasis on business communication. Course expectations may include both upper-level courses and first-year courses in business presentations and in business writing as well as the possible opportunity to create workshops or electives based on the candidate’s area of interest. Candidates with a background in oral communication are especially encouraged, but candidates with business or technical writing, visual communication, and/or business communication technology backgrounds are also welcome. We value candidates who have experience in industry, though this is not a requirement.
To achieve our mission as a liberal arts college, we continually strive to foster an inclusive campus community, which recognizes the value of all persons regardless of identity. Our department is committed to preparing our students for engaged citizenship by creating an educational environment that is rich with cultural, social, and intellectual diversity. 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.
This position requires a strong commitment to excellence in teaching in an undergraduate liberal arts environment. We are particularly interested in candidates who value interdisciplinary studies and can integrate their course content with the liberal arts. Candidates who can demonstrate expertise or experience with diverse pedagogical techniques are likewise encouraged to apply.
This is initially a two-year opportunity. As our curricular emphasis on business communication grows, the department will review this opportunity in the future with the hopes of expanding the opportunity. The teaching load is six courses per year, typically offered through three courses in our 12-week fall term and three in our 12-week winter term. If interest arises, the department will consider opportunities to teach in our unique 4-week spring term .
About Washington and Lee University : Washington and Lee University is a highly selective, private, liberal arts university with approximately 1800 undergraduates, located in the Shenandoah Valley in Lexington, Virginia. It is the only top tier liberal arts college in the United States to claim a nationally accredited commerce school. Established in 1905, the Williams School of Commerce, Economics, and Politics offers a business education within the university’s larger liberal arts curriculum. The Williams School has been fully accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) since 1927.
Established in 1749, Washington and Lee University is the ninth oldest institution of higher learning in the nation. To learn more, please visit www.wlu.edu
Lexington (population 7,000) is a warm, welcoming, and historic town located between the Blue Ridge and Allegheny Mountains. Lexington is 40 minutes from Staunton (home of the American Shakespeare Center), one hour from Charlottesville, VA, and three hours southwest of Washington, D.C.
A PhD in a relevant field and demonstrated teaching effectiveness are required.
To be considered, applicants should submit the following materials through the Interfolio portal (Please note: We value application materials that model the approaches you would encourage in a business communication/writing course):
- Letter of Application (summarizing your teaching interests and experience, your interest in a liberal arts environment, any scholarly contributions or plans that positively impact your teaching, and demonstrating the ability to work with a diverse student population)
- Diversity Statement (no more than one page, explaining any relevant experiences and commitments to diversity)
- Evidence of Teaching Effectiveness (including a teaching statement, representative syllabi, list of courses taught, and course evaluations. Please note: “Selected comments” are not considered a substitute for full course evaluations)
- Name and contact information for three professional references
Application review begins March 27, 2021 and will continue on a rolling basis until the position is filled.
If you have questions about the position, please contact Prof. Stephen Lind, chair of the search committee at LindS@WLU.edu.
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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