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2-Year Visiting Assistant Professor of Islamic Art

Washington and Lee University
Virginia, United States
Salary Not Specified
Posted Date
Jan 11, 2022

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Arts, Art History, Humanities, Ethnic & Multicultural Studies, History, Other Humanities, Women's & Gender Studies
Employment Type
Full Time
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The Art and Art History Department of Washington and Lee University invites applications for a two-year Visiting Assistant Professor position in Islamic Art (July 1st, 2022-June 30th 2024). Area of specialization is open. This position carries a 6-course teaching load distributed over Fall and Winter terms (12 weeks each), and the University’s signature 4-week Spring Term. The course load will be 2-3-1 or 3-2-1, depending on the needs of the department in a given academic year. The successful candidate would teach an introductory course that emphasizes the trans-regional interactions of the Islamic world, several intermediate courses (focused on theme, period, and/or region), and upper-level course/s related to the candidate’s specialization. The candidate’s course offerings and research would benefit from and contribute to Washington and Lee University’s rich disciplinary focus on Islamic cultures as demonstrated through the Middle East and South Asia program, Medieval and Renaissance Studies Program, Religious Studies, and Politics Department. Of particular interest are candidates whose teaching can support other dynamic interdisciplinary programs such Africana Studies and Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies. Candidates will also demonstrate an ability to support the University’s commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion.

W&L is ranked among the top liberal arts institutions in the U.S. and the Art and Art History Department is one of the largest in the College. The University 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 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. The University’s commitment to supporting faculty research will provide the successful candidate the opportunity to apply for summer research and conference funds.

About the Department

The Art and Art History Department has a diverse student population that includes majors and non-majors at all levels of instruction. Our department strives to advance diverse perspectives and approaches within the discipline, curriculum, and classroom. As a department, we invite opportunities for faculty and students to investigate and challenge normative discourse, materials, and methods to the study of art history.

A PhD in Art History or Visual Studies at the time of appointment is preferable.

COVID-19 Compliance

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

Review of applications will begin February 1, 2022, and continue until the position is filled. To be considered, applicants should submit the following materials to the Interfolio portal:
  • Cover letter describing their teaching interests and experiences, as well as addressing their recent research projects and agenda
  • Sample Syllabus
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Three confidential letters of recommendation
Contact Information

For more information, please contact the head of the search committee, Prof. Melissa Kerin 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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