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Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies (2022)

Washington and Lee University
Job Location:
Lexington, Virginia
Environmental Science, Ecology, and Forestry
The Environmental Studies Program at Washington and Lee University invites applications for a full-time tenure-track position at the assistant professor level beginning 1 July 2023.

We would like to recruit a new colleague with a background in environmental sociology and an emphasis on environmental justice and policy.  We seek candidates whose scholarship identifies current and historical environmental inequities to support policy creation for environmental progress and restorative justice.  Specific focus within this field is open, though we particularly welcome applications from candidates working with Native American or Indigenous communities.    The faculty member's course load will include core courses in Environmental Studies and elective courses cross-listed in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology. In addition to courses in their area of expertise, the new hire will be expected to teach Introduction to Environmental Studies, a 200-level core course in environmental social sciences, and contribute to the senior capstone course. The ideal candidate will be a dynamic, creative teacher-scholar committed to high-quality undergraduate education and student-faculty research.

To achieve our mission as a liberal arts college, the Environmental Studies Program strives to foster an inclusive campus and to advance diverse perspectives within the program and its curriculum. We are committed to preparing our students for engaged environmental citizenship by creating an educational community that is rich with cultural, social, and intellectual diversity.  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 is a top-ranked, private institution in Lexington, Virginia where we integrate the rigorous inquiry and critical thinking of a liberal arts curriculum with nationally accredited undergraduate programs in business and journalism, and a graduate School of Law. Our graduates, mentored by a faculty of teacher-scholars, are ready to make a meaningful impact wherever they go in the world.  Our historic campus, situated in the beautiful Shenandoah Valley, is home to a vibrant, welcoming community.

We respectfully acknowledge that Washington and Lee University exists on the homelands of the Yesa and their descendants, among them the Monacan people.


Terminal degree in field is required by the time of appointment (PhD preferred) with relevant graduate coursework, and teaching experience is highly desirable.

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 30 September 2022 and continue until the position is filled. 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 C.V.
  • names and contact information for three references (confidential letters of reference will be requested for semifinalists later in the search process)
All materials should be submitted via Interfolio at
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