The Washington and Lee University History Department invites applications for a tenure-track position in sub-Saharan African history at the Assistant or Associate level beginning in August 2020. Area and period of research specialty are open. Candidates should be prepared to teach surveys of African history and upper-level courses related to areas of interest and expertise. Candidates should also be prepared to contribute to the university’s interdisciplinary Africana Studies program.

Washington and Lee University actively promotes a dynamic and inclusive environment that allows students and employees of diverse 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 Ph.D. by the time of appointment is required.

Washington and Lee and the Department of History are interested in candidates who are committed to high standards of scholarship and professional activities, and to the development of a campus climate that supports equality and diversity.

Review of Applications will begin October 4, 2019. Candidates should submit a letter of application summarizing current and future scholarship, teaching interests and experience, and demonstrating the ability to work with a diverse student population, a CV, a sample syllabus, and a list of three references. All materials should be uploaded here: For more information, please contact Prof. Molly Michelmore at michelmorem[at]