Assistant Professor of Politics (2021)

Employer
Washington and Lee University
Location
Virginia, United States
Salary
Salary Not Specified
Posted date
Oct 13, 2021

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Humanities, Ethnic & Multicultural Studies, Other Humanities, Women's & Gender Studies, Social & Behavioral Sciences, Other Social & Behavioral Sciences, Political Science & International Relations
Employment Type
Full Time


The Department of Politics at Washington and Lee University invites applications for a tenure-track position in American Government that focuses on race and the politics of the South. In addition to teaching the Department’s introductory course in American Government, the successful candidate will be expected to teach upper-level courses as part of the Theodore DeLaney Center for the Study of Southern Race Relations, Culture, and Politics. We encourage applicants with a research agenda devoted to African American politics, with specialties in the following areas: race, intersectionality, civil rights, and public policy involving education, healthcare, immigration, or policing; southern voting, elections, and political behavior; or religion and politics in the American South. Opportunities will be available to teach in other subfields in the Department (global politics and political philosophy), as well as interdisciplinary programs at the University, including Africana Studies, Poverty and Human Capability Studies, and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies.

This position requires a strong commitment to undergraduate teaching excellence in a liberal arts environment and welcomes interdisciplinary contributions to the curriculum. Faculty are also expected to have an active research program. To support faculty research agendas, the university has a summer research grant program, a generous five-year sabbatical cycle, as well as a pre-tenure research leave program.

Washington and Lee is a top-ranked, highly selective university devoted to the teaching of the liberal arts. We are committed to excellence in teaching and to the research and professional activity that support it. Situated in the Shenandoah Valley, three hours southwest of Washington, DC, the university enrolls approximately 1,860 undergraduates and 380 law students.

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. In keeping with the University Strategic Plan, we encourage applications from underrepresented minority candidates.

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.

A completed Ph.D. is required by the time of appointment, which begins July 1, 2022.

Applicants should provide:

  1. a letter of application;
  2. current CV;
  3. three letters of recommendation; and
  4. evidence of teaching effectiveness, including but not limited to peer or supervisor observation letters and student course evaluations, if available.


Address letters of application to “Politics Search Committee Head.”

Application review will begin immediately, but full consideration will be given to applications that are complete by October 29. Applicants should submit application and required documents through Interfolio: http://apply.interfolio.com/96505 .

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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