Visiting Assistant Professor of Politics – American Political Thought (March 2020)



Job description

Lexington, VA

The Department of Politics at Washington and Lee University invites applications for a 1-year visiting position in American Political Thought beginning July 1, 2020. This is a non-tenure-track appointment with a teaching load of six courses per year (3-3). The successful candidate will be expected to teach sections of the Department’s course in American National Government, Supreme Court and Constitutional Law, and 2 upper level courses in American political thought. Evidence of teaching effectiveness is highly desirable.

To achieve our mission as a liberal arts college, we strive to foster an inclusive campus community, which 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.

About Washington and Lee University

Washington and Lee is a 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 400 law students. The Department of Politics, housed in the Williams School of Commerce, Economics, and Politics, has a staff of 9 Ph.D. political scientists.


A completed Ph.D. is required by the time of appointment, which begins July 1, 2020.

How to apply

Apply online

Review of applications will begin on April 6, 2020 and continue until the position is filled. Interviews will be conducted online.

Applicants should submit:

  • a letter of interest that indicates specific teaching areas of interest, scholarly pursuits, and why you would like to teach at a liberal arts institution
  • curriculum vita
  • evidence of teaching effectiveness (if available)
  • three letters of recommendation

Founded in 1749, Washington and Lee University is named for two of the most influential men in American history: George Washington, whose generous endowment of $20,000 in 1796 helped the fledgling school (then known as Liberty Hall Academy) survive, and Robert E. Lee, whose presidency and innovative leadership brought the University into the national limelight.