Assistant Professor of English African-American literature and pre-1900 American literature

Tenure-track position beginning fall 2015. Assistant Professor in African-American literature and pre-1900 American literature. In addition to advanced courses in their specialties, all department members teach introductory courses and an annual first-year writing seminar, topic determined by instructor. Support for interdisciplinary teaching in areas such as Africana Studies, Environmental Studies, Women’s and Gender Studies, Poverty and Human Capability, and Film and Visual Culture.

Washington and Lee University, a highly ranked national liberal arts college, is located in the Shenandoah Val­ley. Applicants should submit a letter of application and CV online at the link to the right by October 31, 2014. We will request writing samples and dossiers from semi-finalists and interview finalists at MLA in Vancouver. Washington and Lee, an EEO Employer, encourages women and minorities to apply.

Washington and Lee is strongly committed to supporting its faculty members, from new hires to advanced professors, in developing innovative courses and excellent scholarly and artistic projects. English professors teach small, writing-intensive classes full of talented students and work closely with those students as mentors and advisers. Typically we teach across a range of fields, creating feedback loops between our research interests and our course topics. Built into our course load, too, is an annual wild card option many of us devote to interdisciplinary teaching or experimental seminars. Tenure-track faculty members receive paid junior leave, after tenure we are eligible for sabbatical funding every fifth year, and we enjoy generous support for summer work and professional travel. We are dedicated to helping each other thrive in our various vocations as teachers, writers, researchers, and campus leaders.

Founded in 1749, Washington and Lee University is located in the historic city of Lexington in the Great Valley of Virginia, about three hours southwest of Washington, D.C. W&L places a high priority on recruiting and retaining a top-notch faculty. The teaching load is 5.5 courses annually, usually achieved by teaching 5 courses a year across fall and winter terms, plus 1 May term course in alternate years. The average class size is 16 students and the student-to-faculty ratio is 9:1. The largest English department offerings, sophomore-level general education courses, have a firm cap of 25, and the smallest, our tutorial-style capstone seminars, typically enroll 5 or 6 students. A lively Digital Humanities Working Group supports faculty interested in the intersection of information technology and humanities research and teaching. W&L is also notable for its national and international student body: students live in 48 states and the District of Columbia and hold citizenships in 47 other countries.