The Department of Business Administration in the Williams School of
Commerce, Economics & Politics at Washington and Lee University
invites applications for a position as an assistant professor in
business communication. The position requires teaching experience
in communication and/or writing and a Ph.D. in a relevant field.
The appointment begins July 1, 2023. ABD candidates must present
evidence that their dissertation will be defended by July 1, 2023,
and must have some teaching experience.
We seek candidates with a background in communication who are
passionate about empowering students to craft effective, engaging,
and ethical professional messages through multimodal communication.
This new 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 areas of interest. Candidates with a strong background
in oral, technical or visual communication are encouraged to apply.
We value candidates who have experience in the 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 that 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
The teaching load is 5.5 courses per year over three terms. The
half course is most often a course offered every other year in our
4-week spring term
. The school calendar consists of two
12-week terms, one in the fall and one in the winter, and the
4-week spring term.
We seek candidates that demonstrate the capacity to publish
scholarly research in business and related fields that is
consistent with the rank sought and who are enthusiastic about
making service contributions to the W&L community. To support
faculty research agendas, the university has a generous five-year
sabbatical cycle as well as a pre-tenure research leave
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 Ph.D. in a relevant field and demonstrated teaching effectiveness
The university requires employees to become fully vaccinated for
, 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
To be considered, applicants should submit the following materials
through the Interfolio portal at http://apply.interfolio.com/111328
. (Please note: We value application materials that model the
approaches you would encourage in a business communication/writing
- 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
- 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
Application review begins September 19th and will continue on a
rolling basis until the position is filled.
If you have questions about the position, please contact Prof. Jeff
Schatten, chair of the search committee at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.