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Assistant Professor of African American Art History

Washington & Lee University
Lexington, Virginia

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Assistant Professor of African American Art History
Washington & Lee University

The Washington and Lee (W&L) University Art and Art History Department invites applications for a tenure-track art history position in African American or African Diasporic art at the rank of assistant professor. Part of the first cohort of appointments associated with W&L’s newly founded Theodore DeLaney Center, these faculty appointments will benefit from being affiliated with the rich, interdisciplinary hub the DeLaney Center will provide. The successful candidate will develop a new art history curriculum in African American or African Diasporic art. The successful candidate will demonstrate an ability to teach an introduction to African American or African Diasporic art and to offer courses in their own area of specialization at all levels. Area of specialization is open, but candidate’s teaching and research must engage the broad contours of Southern race relations, culture, and civic issues. Candidates should also be prepared to contribute to the university’s interdisciplinary Africana Studies program.

W&L is ranked in the top twelve liberal arts institutions and Art and Art History. The Department is committed to the development of an inclusive environment and strives to advance diverse perspectives and approaches within the department and its curriculum. 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 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 PhD at the time of appointment is required (appointment begins July 1, 2022). Evidence of excellence in teaching, a publication record, and clear plans for ongoing scholarly engagement preferred. 

Application Instructions
To be considered, applicants should submit the following materials through the Interfolio portal:

Review of applications will begin December 1, 2021. Semi-finalists will be interviewed via Zoom. Candidates should submit a letter of application that describes current and future scholarship, articulates teaching interests in a Liberal Arts setting, and demonstrates a commitment to working with a diverse student population that includes majors and non-majors at all levels of instruction. Applicants should also provide a CV and a list of three references. For more information, please contact head of the search committee Prof. Andrea Lepage at [email protected]. Semi-finalists will be asked to supply three confidential letters of recommendation and additional teaching materials (sample syllabi and assignments) before their interview.

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.

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