Assistant Professor of Early American History (2022)

Washington and Lee University
Virginia, United States
Salary Not Specified
Posted Date
Jul 25, 2022

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Arts, Art History, Humanities, American Studies, Ethnic & Multicultural Studies, History, Other Humanities
Employment Type
Full Time

The Department of History at Washington and Lee University invites applications for a tenure-track assistant professor of early American History, with a focus on vast early America, beginning July 1, 2023. We are especially interested in candidates who can offer courses in indigenous history. 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 also welcome candidates who are prepared to collaborate in curricular development with colleagues in fields outside of the humanities, such as economics, business, and environmental studies.

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 national liberal arts colleges. Established in 1749, it is the ninth oldest institution of higher learning in the nation.

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.

Candidates must have a Ph.D. at the time of appointment and will be prepared to teach both halves of the US History survey as well as upper division courses related to their research and interests.

The university requires employees to become fully vaccinated for COVID-19, with one booster. 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.

Review of applications will begin September 30. Candidates should submit:
  • A letter of application summarizing teaching interests and experience, scholarship, 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, semi-finalists will be invited for Zoom interviews in mid-to-late October, with on-campus interviews will follow.

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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