Ethics Postdoctoral Fellowship (Jan. 2019)

Job description

The Roger Mudd Center for Ethics welcomes applications for the 2019-2021 Mudd Center for Ethics Postdoctoral Fellowship. Postdoctoral fellows will be expected to teach three undergraduate courses during the year, typically including a 100-level course in the fall, an upper-division course in the winter, and a third course in the fall, winter, or spring (chosen in consultation with the Director).  In addition, the Mudd Ethics Fellow will be expected to participate actively in Mudd Center activities and event planning, to interact with and advise undergraduates affiliated with the Mudd Center, and to help foster an interdisciplinary ethics community across the College of Liberal Arts, the Williams School of Commerce, Economics, and Politics, and the School of Law. The appointment will be for two years, beginning on July 1, 2019 and ending on June 30, 2021.

Washington and Lee, a private, liberal arts university with approximately 2200 students, is in Lexington, Virginia, a town of approximately 7000 people in the Valley of Virginia. One of the nation’s top liberal arts institutions, W&L is unique in having accredited programs in business administration, journalism, and accounting, as well as a School of Law.  Established in 1749, it is the ninth oldest institution of higher learning in the nation.  The Roger Mudd Center for Ethics was established in 2010 through a gift from esteemed journalist and W&L alumnus Roger Mudd. Its mission is to advance dialogue, teaching, and research about important ethical issues in public and professional life.  To learn more, please visit


 Applicants must have a Ph.D. in Philosophy, Political Theory, or a related normative field.  The successful candidate will have normative research interests in moral or political philosophy, and a focus on ethical issues arising in public or professional life.  The successful candidate will be someone who has completed his or her Ph.D. by June of 2019, and who is no more than three years from the awarding of his or her degree (i.e., June of 2016), although exceptions to this rule may be made in unusual circumstances. 

Application Instructions

Please submit a cover letter, CV, a writing sample (no more than 25 pages), three letters of recommendation, a one-page research statement, and a teaching portfolio.  Applications will be collected at the following web address: To ensure full consideration, please submit all materials by February 17, 2019. Questions should be directed to Brian Murchison, who is the Charles S. Rowe Professor of Law and the Director of the Roger Mudd Center for Ethics at [email protected]     


The University is deeply committed to a community of excellence, equity, and diversity and encourage applications from women, underrepresented groups, persons with disabilities, sexual minority groups, and other candidates who will contribute to the diversification and enrichment of ideas and perspectives. Washington and Lee University is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

EEO Statement

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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Posted: 1/10/2019
Application Due: 2/21/2019
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