Visiting Assistant Professor of Geology position for 2020-2021

The Department of Geology at Washington and Lee University invites applications for a one-year Visiting Assistant Professor of Geology, beginning July 1, 2020, and with potential for renewal. This position carries a 6-course teaching load distributed over Fall and Winter terms (12 weeks each), and the university's signature 4-week Spring Term. The position is open to candidates with expertise in any area of geoscience, although preference may be given to those able to teach one or more of GIS, geomorphology, oceanography, planetary geology, or water resources. Courses taught by the visitor will include Physical Geology and other courses at the introductory or advanced level as needed for our curriculum and dependent upon the successful candidate's expertise. Preferred candidates will hold a Ph.D. or have ABD status.

Washington and Lee University 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. The Geology Department ( has excellent facilities and resources, makes great use of the Appalachians in field courses and labs, and is a member of the Keck Geology Consortium.

Review of applications will begin on January 30. Candidates should submit: a letter of application demonstrating the ability to work with a diverse student population, a CV, a statement of teaching interests and philosophy, a research statement, and contact information for three references. All materials should be submitted via Interfolio at For more information, you may contact Jeffrey Rahl at