Visiting Assistant Professor of Anthropology



The Department of Sociology and Anthropology at Washington and Lee University invites applications for a two-year visiting assistant professor of anthropology, 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.

To achieve our mission as a liberal arts college, we 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.

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.

Preferred candidates will hold a Ph.D. in anthropology and will be able to teach both introductory anthropology and upper-division courses. Area of expertise is open.

Review of applications will begin May 28, 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 : apply.interfolio.com/88060

Our search committee will conduct conference interviews virtually. After reviewing applications, the committee will invite finalists for Zoom-enabled interviews in June.

For more information, please contact Jon Eastwood at eastwoodj@wlu.edu

The university requires employees to become fully vaccinated for COVID-19 and new employees must provide proof of at least their first shot prior to the first day of employment. Individuals may seek a medical or a religious exemption to the vaccination requirement.

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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