Assistant Professor of Cultural Anthropology

Washington and Lee University
Virginia, United States
Salary Not specified
Posted date
Sep 16, 2021

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Social & Behavioral Sciences, Anthropology & Archaeology
Employment Level
Tenured/Tenured Track
Employment Type
Full Time

The Department of Sociology and Anthropology at Washington and Lee University invites applications for a full-time, tenure-track position in Cultural Anthropology at the rank of assistant professor.

We particularly encourage applications from scholars working in the anthropology of policy, health/medicine, environment/climate change, applied anthropology, indigenous studies, the Middle East, Asia, or Africa.

This position carries a 5.5-course annual teaching load (alternating between 5 courses one year and 6 the next). Courses to be taught include Introduction to Anthropology, electives, and other courses required for the Sociology/Anthropology major.

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

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.

For questions or further information, please contact Dr. Alison Bell, Search Committee Chair, Department of Sociology/Anthropology, Washington and Lee University at

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.


Doctorate in Anthropology is required by the time of appointment, July 1, 2022.

Application Instructions

Review of applications will begin on October 25, 2021 and continue until the position is filled.  Please submit application materials through Interfolio at:

Applicants are asked to submit the following materials:

  • curriculum vitae
  • cover letter including (a) teaching philosophy and interests, (b) research plans, (c) involvement in service capacities, and (d) contributions to diversity and inclusion
  • names and contact information for three references
  • sample syllabi
  • teaching evaluations
  • writing sample

Confidential letters of reference will be requested for semifinalists later in the search process. Preliminary interviews will take place via Zoom.

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