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Visiting Assistant Professor of Anthropology

Washington and Lee University
Lexington, Virginia
Closing date
Mar 1, 2023

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Faculty, Non-Tenure Track
General Anthropology
Full Time
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Visiting Assistant Professor of Anthropology

The Department of Sociology and Anthropology at Washington and Lee University invites applications for a 2-year visiting assistant professor of anthropology, beginning July 1, 2023.  This position carries a 6-course teaching load distributed over Fall and Winter terms (12 weeks each), and the university's signature 4-week Spring Term.

W&L is a competitive, small, private, liberal arts institution centrally located in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia.  The Department of Sociology and Anthropology is a vibrant department with strong enrollments and excellent students, many of whom go on to impactful careers in research, advocacy, industry, government, and graduate school in our disciplines.

To achieve our mission as a liberal arts university, we strive to foster an inclusive campus community, which recognizes the value of all persons regardless of identity. Our department is committed to preparing our students for engaged citizenship by creating an educational environment that is rich with cultural, social, and intellectual diversity. 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.

Preferred candidates will hold a Ph.D. in anthropology by the time the position begins.  Candidates should be prepared to teach introduction to (four field) anthropology as well as upper-level courses in cultural anthropology in their areas of research and teaching specialization.  Regional and topical focus areas are open, though we are especially interested in candidates with teaching interests in one or more of the following areas: Indigenous Studies, applied anthropology, medical anthropology, and/or linguistic anthropology.

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

Review of applications will begin on February 7, 2023.  Candidates should submit:

  • a letter of application summarizing teaching interests and experience, scholarly pursuits, and demonstrating the ability to work with a diverse student population.
  • a CV
  • a sample syllabus

Three confidential letters of recommendation will be requested from finalists. 

All materials should be submitted via Interfolio at   For more information, you may contact Jonathan Eastwood at


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