Apply Now: Tenure-Track Assistant Professor of American Politics at Washington and Lee University

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Apply Now: Assistant Professor of American Politics, Washington and Lee University


The Department of Politics at Washington and Lee University invites applications for at least one tenure-track position in American politics.

The department’s preference is for a second field in Political Theory. It has needs in the study of parties and elections, public opinion, and methodology. Opportunities will be available to teach in interdisciplinary programs at the University—including Africana Studies, Latin American and Caribbean Studies, Poverty and Human Capability Studies, and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies—as well as the DeLaney Center for the Study of Southern Race Relations, Culture, and Politics.

In addition to teaching the Department’s introductory courses in American politics and political philosophy, the successful candidate will be expected to teach upper-level courses in their areas of interest.

This position requires a strong commitment to undergraduate teaching excellence in a liberal arts environment and welcomes interdisciplinary contributions to the curriculum. The school calendar consists of two 13-week terms, one in the fall and one in the winter, along with our unique 4-week spring term. The regular teaching load is 5 courses per year. New hires teach a 2-2 load in their first year.

Faculty are also expected to have an active research program. To support faculty research agendas, the university has generous travel funding, a summer research grant program, a five-year sabbatical cycle, as well as a pre-tenure research leave program.


A completed Ph.D. is required by the time of appointment, which begins July 1, 2024.

Application Instructions:

All application materials must be submitted online through Interfolio: Your letter of application should explain why you wish to teach in a liberal arts setting and how your training and research/teaching interests align with this position. Please include:

  1. a letter of application;
  2. a graduate transcript (unofficial is acceptable for initial application);
  3. a curriculum vitae;
  4. teaching evaluations;
  5. and three letters of recommendation that speak to teaching and research abilities.

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Application review will begin immediately with full consideration given to applications that are complete by September 29, 2023.



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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.

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