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Assistant/Associate Professor of 20th Eastern Europe and/or Russian/Soviet/Post-Soviet History ...

Washington and Lee University
Lexington, VA

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Assistant/Associate Professor of 20th Eastern Europe and/or Russian/Soviet/Post-Soviet History (2023)

Lexington, VA
Open Date:
Jul 5, 2023
Close Date:
Oct 2, 2023

The Washington and Lee (W&L) University History Department invites applications for a tenure-track position in twentieth-century Eastern Europe and/or Russian/Soviet/Post-Soviet history at the Assistant/Associate level beginning in August 2024. Area and period of research specialty are open, but candidates whose research and teaching explore European Jewish history, European totalitarianisms, and/or human rights are particularly welcome. Successful candidates will demonstrate an ability to teach the department’s one-term introductory course in modern European history, courses in the histories of World War I and World War II, and offer courses in their own area of specialization at all levels. Candidates should also be prepared to contribute to the university’s interdisciplinary East European and Russian Studies program. 

W&L is ranked in the top twelve liberal arts institutions and History is one of the largest departments in the College. The Department is committed to the development of an inclusive environment and strive 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.


A PhD at the time of appointment is required.

Application Instructions:

Applications will be accepted through October 2, 2023, when application review will begin. Semi-finalists will be interviewed via Zoom. Candidates should submit a letter of application describing their teaching interests, experience, and pedagogical philosophy, summarizing their current and future scholarship, and reflecting their work with a diverse student population. Applicants should also provide a CV and a list of three references. All materials should be uploaded here: For more information, please contact Prof. Sarah Horowitz at Semi-finalists will be asked to supply three confidential letters of recommendation and a writing sample 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. 


About W&L
Washington and Lee University is a nationally ranked, private liberal arts institution located in
Lexington, Virginia. W&L integrates 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 academic units are strengthened by meaningful collaborations,
all in the service of the university’s mission.
With an undergraduate enrollment of approximately 1,860, our small size enables students to
find mentors and develop personal relationships across campus. W&L is committed to
institutional citizenship. We regard liberal arts education as an important public good, of value
not only to our students and alumni, but also to the larger communities in which we live.
Our Mission
W&L 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 lifelong learning, personal achievement, responsible leadership, service to others,
and engaged citizenship in a global and diverse society.
Our Community
W&L is the ninth-oldest institution of higher education in the U.S. and is located in the scenic
Shenandoah Valley. We are a modern university located on a beautiful and historically
significant campus.
Our most valuable asset is the quality of our vibrant and welcoming community. Our faculty are
devoted teachers and scholars who uphold the highest academic standards and take a personal
interest in the lives of their students. Our staff takes pride in knowing that each individual
makes important contributions to the success of the university. Our alumni are extraordinarily
loyal and generous to their alma mater.
Our commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion affirms that diverse perspectives and
backgrounds enhance our community. The university is committed to the recruitment,
enrichment, and retention of faculty and staff who embody many experiences, cultures, points
of view, interests, and identities.

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