Assistant/Associate Professor of History, sub-Saharan Africa (June 2019)

Job description

Position Description

The Washington and Lee University History Department invites applications for a tenure-track position in sub-Saharan African history at the Assistant or Associate level. The appointment begins July 1, 2020. Area and period of research specialty are open. Candidates should be prepared to teach surveys of African history and upper-level courses related to areas of interest and expertise. Candidates should also be prepared to contribute to the university’s interdisciplinary Africana Studies program.

Washington and Lee University actively promotes a dynamic and inclusive environment that allows students and employees of diverse 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 for vigorous scholarship.  In keeping with the goals of the University’s Strategic Plan, we seek candidates who can effectively mentor underrepresented minority students.


A Ph.D. by the time of appointment is required. 

Washington and Lee and the Department of History are interested in candidates who are committed to high standards of scholarship and professional activities, and to the development of a campus climate that supports equality and diversity.

Application Instructions

Review of Applications will begin October 4, 2019. Candidates should submit:

  • a letter of application summarizing current and future scholarship, teaching interests and experience, and demonstrating the ability to work with a diverse student population
  • a CV
  • a sample syllabus
  • a list of three professional references with contact information

All materials should be uploaded here: For more information, please contact Prof. Molly Michelmore at [email protected]

Equal Employment Opportunity 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. 




Diversity Profile: University



View more

Learn more on Inside Higher Ed's College Page for University

Arrow pointing right
Job No:
Posted: 6/24/2019
Application Due: 8/23/2019
Work Type: