Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Instructor of Physics at Washington and Lee University

Lexington, VA
Faculty - Science - Physics
included in Diversity and Inclusion EmailPosition Description 

Washington and Lee University invites applications for an Instructor of Physics position beginning fall 2020. This full-time position has an initial 5-year contract with the opportunity for renewal. The Department of Physics and Engineering prizes the teacher-scholar model and is dedicated to engaging with our exceptional students in small classes. We actively promote 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.

Washington and Lee is a highly selective university of approximately 1860 undergraduates and 400 law students located in the Shenandoah Valley, three hours SW of Washington, DC. Lexington is a small town filled with rich culture and history, surrounded by boundless beauty, and offering a multitude of outdoor activities. 


Applicants should have demonstrated interest in teaching and mentoring undergraduates and the ability to teach courses throughout the undergraduate physics curriculum. M.S./M.A. or Ph.D. in Physics or related discipline required. Undergraduate teaching experience desirable. 

Application Instructions 

Application review begins October 15, 2019. Candidates should submit:
  • a letter of application
  • a CV
  • a brief statement of teaching philosophy
  • contact information for three professional references
All materials should be submitted via Interfolio at


Washington and Lee University
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.