Assistant Professor of Politics (2022)

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Assistant Professor of Politics (2022)

Location:
Lexington, VA
Open Date:
Aug 12, 2022
Description:

The Department of Politics at Washington and Lee University invites applications for a tenure-track position in American Government that focuses on race and the politics of the South. In addition to teaching the Department’s introductory course in American Government, the successful candidate will be expected to teach upper-level courses as part of the Theodore DeLaney Center for the Study of Southern Race Relations, Culture, and Politics. We encourage applicants with a research agenda devoted to African American politics, with specialties in the following areas: race, intersectionality, civil rights, and public policy involving education, healthcare, immigration, or policing; southern voting, elections, and political behavior; or religion and politics in the American South. Opportunities will be available to teach in other subfields in the Department (global politics and political philosophy), as well as interdisciplinary programs at the University, including Africana Studies, Poverty and Human Capability Studies, and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies.

This position requires a strong commitment to undergraduate teaching excellence in a liberal arts environment and welcomes interdisciplinary contributions to the curriculum. Faculty are also expected to have an active research program. To support faculty research agendas, the university has a summer research grant program, a generous five-year sabbatical cycle, as well as a pre-tenure research leave program.

Washington and Lee is a top-ranked, highly selective university devoted to the teaching of the liberal arts. We are committed to excellence in teaching and to the research and professional activity that support it. Situated in the Shenandoah Valley, three hours southwest of Washington, DC, the university enrolls approximately 1,860 undergraduates and 380 law students.

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. In keeping with the University Strategic Plan, we encourage applications from underrepresented minority candidates.


Qualifications:

A completed Ph.D. is required by the time of appointment, which begins July 1, 2023.

The university requires employees to become fully vaccinated for COVID-19, with one booster. 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:

All application materials must be submitted online at apply through Interfolio at http://apply.interfolio.com/111327. Include a letter of application describing why you wish to teach in a liberal arts setting and how your training and research/teaching interests address Southern race relations, culture, and politics. Include a curriculum vitae, graduate transcript (unofficial is acceptable for initial application), teaching evaluations, and three letters of recommendation that speak to teaching and research abilities. Women and minority candidates are especially encouraged to apply. Preliminary interviews will be conducted at APSA-Montreal, but full consideration will be given to all applications that are complete by September 30.


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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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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