Visiting Assistant Professor of Biology

The Department of Biology at Washington and Lee University invites applications for a one-year visiting assistant professor of Biology, beginning July 1, 2021. 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 a 200-level course in Genetics, with lab, a 300-level Microbiology course, with lab, and one additional upper division lecture course. We are especially interested in candidates with a background in Neuroscience and/or microbial genetics that could support interdisciplinary programs in Neuroscience or Environmental Studies.

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 Biology and will be able to teach Genetics and Microbiology with labs as well as upper division courses in Neuroscience or Environmental Studies.

Review of applications will begin May 14, 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
  • 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).

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 June.

For more information, please contact Bill Hamilton 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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