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Visiting Assistant Professor in Classics (2022)

Washington and Lee University
Lexington, VA

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Visiting Assistant Professor in Classics (2022)

Lexington, VA
Open Date:
Jan 6, 2022

The Department of Classics at Washington and Lee University invites applications for a two-year visiting position at the rank of assistant professor. 

The successful candidate must be able to teach Latin at all levels, as well as Classics courses that reach a broad audience of non-majors.  Preference will be given to those candidates whose interests lie in ancient history.  A teaching load of 2-3-1 will include four Latin language courses and two Classics/Ancient Mediterranean history courses. Our calendar consists of two 12-week terms and a 4-week May term where pedagogical innovation is encouraged and supported. We are especially interested in candidates whose research and teaching complement current strengths of the department. Candidates should have their Ph.D. in hand by July 2022 and show evidence of excellence in teaching and scholarly promise.

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 and members of other communities that are traditionally underrepresented in academia.

Washington and Lee University is a highly selective, independent, co-educational, liberal arts college of approximately 1850 undergraduate and 400 law students and located in Lexington, VA, three hours southwest of Washington, DC. W&L is consistently ranked among the top 12 national liberal arts colleges. Established in 1749, it is the ninth oldest institution of higher learning in the nation.


PhD required by time of appointment. Undergraduate teaching experience is highly desirable.

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.

Application Instructions:

Applications will be accepted online through the Interfolio portal:

Candidates should submit:

  • Cover letter, which should include ideas for 2-3 proposed courses and should address potential contributions to promote an inclusive academic community and demonstrate a commitment to working with a diverse student population. 
  • CV
  • Three confidential letters of recommendation 

Inquiries may be directed to Professor Michael Laughy at [email protected].

Review of applications will begin February 10, 2022, and continue until the position is filled. First-round interviews will be conducted via Zoom.


About W&L

Washington and Lee is a top-ranked, private institution in Lexington, Virginia where we integrate the rigorous inquiry and critical thinking of a liberal arts curriculum with nationally accredited undergraduate programs in business and journalism, and a graduate School of Law. Our graduates, mentored by a faculty of teacher-scholars, are ready to make a meaningful impact wherever they go in the world. 
Our historic campus, situated in the beautiful Shenandoah Valley, is home to a vibrant, welcoming community distinguished by an entirely student-run Honor System that pushes students to take responsibility and realize their potential as citizens, peers and leaders. 
With an undergraduate enrollment of approximately 1,860, our small size enables students to find mentors and develop personal relationships across campus. W&L offers incredible opportunity for those with incredible potential. Every voice matters at W&L because our core values of honor, integrity and civility are fundamental to our culture and they influence the thoughtful ways our students and faculty approach every conversation.
W&L’s Mission Statement
Washington and Lee University provides a liberal arts education that develops students' capacity to think freely, critically, and humanely and to conduct themselves with honor, integrity, and civility. Graduates will be prepared for life-long learning, personal achievement, responsible leadership, service to others, and engaged citizenship in a global and diverse society.

Employee Benefits and Paid Time Off
Washington and Lee offers an extensive range of health care and life insurance benefits, retirement options, educational assistance programs, wellness programs, and work/life initiatives to serve our staff and faculty. We are committed to providing a competitive benefit package to attract and retain exceptional employees. For an overview of offerings for full-time benefit eligible employees, see the Benefits Guidebook and additional information about paid time off, educational grants, and our home loan program.
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. 
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.


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