Assistant Professor of Religion, Judaism

Washington and Lee University invites applications for a tenure-track position at the rank of Assistant Professor in the study of Judaism in the Department of Religion. The area of specialization is open, and the appointment begins July 1, 2020. We seek candidates with broad interests, able to teach a course in Hebrew Bible and to design courses in the study of religion that also contribute to the university’s interdisciplinary program in Middle East and South Asian Studies. Interest in offering thematic courses in some of the following areas is welcome: the comparative study of religion, religion in America, law and society, or religion and literature.

Washington and Lee University is a highly selective liberal arts college of roughly 1860 undergraduates with a law school of 400 students located in Lexington, Virginia. Washington and Lee 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 goals of the University’s Strategic Plan, we seek candidates who can effectively mentor underrepresented minority students.

A doctorate in religious studies, Judaic studies, or Near Eastern studies is required by the time of appointment; teaching experience is highly desirable.

Application Instructions
Review of applications will begin October 20, 2019. Applicants should submit:
• a curriculum vitae
• a letter summarizing teaching interests and scholarly agenda
• a transcript of graduate work
• three letters of recommendation

Applications should be submitted electronically to Dr. Timothy Lubin, chair of the search committee, via Interfolio at

Initial interviews will be conducted at the annual meeting of the American Academy of Religion, in San Diego in late November.

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.


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