Visiting Assistant Professor of Africana Studies ⎻ Washington and Lee University


The Washington and Lee University (W&L) Africana Studies Program welcomes applications for a visiting assistant professorship in Africana Studies that will begin July 1, 2024. For this position, we seek an individual with interdisciplinary training whose teaching and research engage with Africana Studies.  Applicants should be prepared to teach Introduction to Africana Studies, a first-year writing seminar on a topic of their choosing, and upper-level courses in their area of specialization.  Candidates whose teaching and research engage religion, health, food studies, contemporary music, or film are particularly welcome.  At the discretion of the Dean of the College, this position can be renewed.

W&L 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 national liberal arts colleges. Established in 1749, it is the ninth oldest institution of higher learning in the nation.

W&L promotes a dynamic and inclusive environment that allows students and employees of multiple backgrounds, cultures, and perspectives to learn, work, and thrive together. Successful candidates will contribute to that environment and exhibit potential for excellence in teaching and for vigorous scholarship. 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.


At the time of appointment, a PhD or ABD status in Africana Studies, African American Studies, or a related field is required.

Application Instructions

Review of applications will begin on Monday, March 18, and continue until the position is filled. 

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 body. 

• a CV 

• names and contact information for three references.  Candidates who are invited to Zoom interviews will be asked to provide three confidential letters of recommendation.  

All materials should be submitted through Interfolio at

After application review, semi-finalists will be invited for Zoom interviews, with on-campus interviews for finalists to follow.

For more information, please contact Professor Michael Hill at  

Application Process

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.