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Visiting Assistant Professor in French

Washington and Lee University
Lexington, VA

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Assistant Professor
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Four-Year Institution

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Visiting Assistant Professor in French

Lexington, VA
Open Date:
Feb 14, 2024

The Department of Romance Languages at Washington and Lee University invites applications for a one-year renewable Visiting Assistant Professor position in French (beginning July 1, 2024). The area of specialization is open. Teaching responsibilities include French language and literature courses from the intermediate to the advanced seminar levels. The successful candidate will have the opportunity to teach advanced courses in their area of expertise. 

 W&L is ranked among the top liberal arts institutions in the country and Romance Languages is one of the largest departments in the College. Our 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. 

 Together with a clear vision for diversity and inclusion work, we especially encourage applicants with a dynamic and communicative teaching style, strong command of language teaching pedagogies, and familiarity with ACTFL proficiency assessment standards. Candidates must also demonstrate a commitment to scholarly research and publishing. The teaching load is 6 courses for the one-year appointment, which will be spread across the 13-week fall term, the 13-week winter term, and the 4-week spring term. The teaching assignments will include language courses, introductory courses on literature and culture, and upper-level courses on topics of interest. 

  • ABD or Ph.D. in French by start date (July 1, 2024) 
  • Strong oral and written communication in English and French (native or near-native in each) 
  • Ability to contribute through research, teaching, and/or public engagement to the diversity of the College 

Application Instructions:
Review of applications will begin March 4. The position will remain open until filled. To be considered, applicants will submit the following materials through the Interfolio portal at

  • a cover letter describing the candidate's teaching interests and philosophy, scholarship, and experience in diversity and inclusion work 
  • curriculum vitae 
  • transcripts 
Candidates who advance to the second round of review will be asked to submit additionally:  

  • three confidential letters of recommendation
  • two sample syllabi of courses: one intermediate-advanced course (but not a language course) and one advanced-level course (topic or seminar)

The first round of interviews will be conducted via Zoom followed by a campus visit for finalists to give a teaching demo, a research talk, and meet with the Dean of the College, faculty, and students. For more information, please contact Professor Stephen P. McCormick at

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.


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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