Assistant Professor of Biology

Assistant Professor of Biology (2022)

Position Description
The Department of Biology at Washington and Lee University invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor of Biology, beginning July 1, 2023. Candidates should be prepared to teach a 200-level course in Genetics, a Microbiology course, with lab, and additional upper division courses. Inclusion of students in research is also a central value of our teacher-scholar model. Our new faculty member will have the opportunity to participate in our interdisciplinary programs (Data Science, Environmental Studies, Neuroscience) depending on their interests.

The school calendar consists of two 12-week terms, one in the fall and one in the winter, and a 4-week spring term. The teaching load is 5.5 courses per year, with the half course most often taught every other year in our unique spring term. There is no summer teaching. Support for research includes laboratory start-up funding, conference funding, summer research funding, and pre-tenure leave, as well as opportunities to present to faculty cohorts and programs on campus; teaching support is available through university-wide workshops, a faculty mentoring program, and the Harte Center for Teaching and Learning.

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.

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.

Preferred candidates will hold a Ph.D. or have ABD status in a biology-related field and will be able to teach Genetics and Microbiology with labs as well as upper division courses in their area of expertise.

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 October 8, 2022. 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
  • names and contact details of three references who are willing and able to write confidential letters of recommendation (we will solicit the letters when and as needed)

All materials should be submitted via Interfolio at

Our search committee will conduct interviews virtually. After application review, finalists will be invited to campus.

For more information, please contact Bill Hamilton at [email protected]

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.

Statement of Commitment to Diversity
Washington and Lee affirms that diverse perspectives and backgrounds enhance our community. We are committed to the recruitment, enrichment, and retention of students, faculty, and staff who embody many experiences, cultures, points of view, interests, and identities. As engaged citizens in a global and diverse society, we seek to advance a positive learning and working environment for all through open and substantive dialogue.