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Visiting Assistant Professor of Chinese Language and Literature (2022)

Washington and Lee University
Lexington, Virginia.

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Visiting Assistant Professor of Chinese Language and Literature (2022)

Lexington, Virginia.
Open Date:
Feb 23, 2022

The Department of East Asian Languages and Literatures at Washington and Lee University invites application for a two-year Visiting Assistant Professor in Chinese Language and Literature, beginning July 1, 2022. This position carries a six-course teaching load distributed over Fall and Winter terms (12 weeks each) and the university’s signature 4-week Spring Term. A successful candidate will contribute to the diverse and inclusive undergraduate curriculum in the Department of East Asian Languages and Literatures through teaching and service.

Founded in 1749 and located in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia, Washington and Lee University offers a unique academic setting of arts and sciences, commerce and law, and is consistently ranked in the top tier of liberal arts colleges.

W&L promotes a dynamic and inclusive environment that allows students and employees of multiple 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 University Strategic Plan, we welcome applications from underrepresented minority candidates and members of other communities that are traditionally underrepresented in academia.


Candidates should have a Ph.D. (or ABD status near completion) in pre-modern Chinese literature or related fields, native or near-native fluency in both standard Mandarin and English, demonstrated success in teaching at the collegiate level in the U.S., and ability to teach Chinese language courses at all levels and content courses in pre-modern Chinese literature and culture.

Application Instructions:

Applications should include a cover letter (with a web-accessible link to a 20-minute video of Chinese language teaching demo), a curriculum vitae, a statement on teaching philosophy and professional goals, one sample syllabus for a literature course, and three confidential letters of recommendation.

Please submit your application at:

Review of applications will begin on March 25, 2022, and will continue until the position is filled. For any questions regarding the search, please contact Dr. Yanhong Zhu at [email protected].


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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