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Visiting Assistant Professor in Classics

The Department of Classics at Washington and Lee University invites applications for a two-year visiting position at the rank of assistant professor.

The successful candidate must be able to teach Latin at all levels, as well as Classics courses that reach a broad audience of non-majors. Preference will be given to those candidates whose interests lie in ancient history. A teaching load of 2-3-1 will include four Latin language courses and two Classics/Ancient Mediterranean history courses. Our calendar consists of two 12-week terms and a 4-week May term where pedagogical innovation is encouraged and supported. We are especially interested in candidates whose research and teaching complement current strengths of the department. Candidates should have their Ph.D. in hand by July 2022 and show evidence of excellence in teaching and scholarly promise.

To achieve our mission as a liberal arts college, 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.

Washington and Lee University is a highly selective, independent, co-educational, liberal arts college of approximately 1850 undergraduate and 400 law students and located in Lexington, VA, three hours southwest of Washington, DC. W&L is consistently ranked among the top 12 national liberal arts colleges. Established in 1749, it is the ninth oldest institution of higher learning in the nation.


PhD required by time of appointment. Undergraduate teaching experience is highly desirable.

The university requires employees to become fully vaccinated for COVID-19 and 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

Applications will be accepted online through the Interfolio portal:

Candidates should submit:

  • Cover letter, which should include ideas for 2-3 proposed courses and should address potential contributions to promote an inclusive academic community and demonstrate a commitment to working with a diverse student population.
  • CV
  • Three confidential letters of recommendation

Inquiries may be directed to Professor Michael Laughy at

Review of applications will begin February 10, 2022, and continue until the position is filled. First-round interviews will be conducted via Zoom.

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.