Visiting Assistant Professor of Biology

  • Washington and Lee University
  • Lexington, VA
  • Apr 26, 2021
Full time Biology/Biotechnology/Life Sciences

Job Description


The Department of Biology at Washington and Lee University invites applications for a one-year visiting assistant professor of Biology, beginning July 1, 2021. This position carries a 6-course teaching load distributed over Fall and Winter terms (12 weeks each) and the university's 4-week Spring Term. Candidates should be prepared to teach a 200-level course in Genetics, with lab, a 300-level Microbiology course, with lab, and one additional upper division lecture course. We are especially interested in candidates with a background in Neuroscience and/or microbial genetics that could support interdisciplinary programs in Neuroscience or Environmental Studies.

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 Biology and will be able to teach Genetics and Microbiology with labs as well as upper division courses in Neuroscience or Environmental Studies.

Application Instructions

Review of applications will begin May 14, 2021. 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
  • 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 conference interviews virtually. After application review, finalists will be invited for Zoom interviews in mid-late June.

For more information, please contact Bill Hamilton at

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