Jobs For Medievalists

Visiting Assistant Professor in the History of the Medieval World

Position Description

The History Department of Washington and Lee University (W&L) invites applications for a visiting assistant professorship in the history of the Medieval World (500-1500), starting in July 2024. This a one-year position with the possibility of a renewal for a second year. Successful applicants will be expected to teach introductory surveys in medieval history and the Renaissance as well as intermediate and advanced undergraduate courses related to their areas of specialization. Candidates should also be prepared to contribute to the university’s interdisciplinary Medieval and Renaissance Studies Program.

W&L 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 national liberal arts colleges. Established in 1749, it is the ninth oldest institution of higher learning in the nation.

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.


Candidates should be prepared to teach an introductory survey on the Medieval World as well as upper division courses related to their research and interests. A PhD or ABD status at the time of appointment is required.

Application Instructions

Review of applications will begin February 23. Candidates should submit:

  • a letter of application summarizing teaching interests and experience, scholarship, and demonstrating the ability to work with a diverse student population
  • a 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

After application review, semi-finalists will be invited for Zoom interviews in March, with finalists’ on-campus interviews to follow.

For more information, please contact Prof. Molly Michelmore at  Semi-finalists will be asked to supply three confidential letters of recommendation.

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