Vacancy: Visiting Assistant Professor in Islamic Art (Washington and Lee University)

Date of event:   01/02/2022 − 01/02/2022

Position: Visiting Assistant Professor in Islamic Art
Duration: 1 July 2022 – 30 June 2024
Application deadline: 1 February 2022
Institution: Art and Art History Department, Washington and Lee University, Lexington, VA, USA



The Art and Art History Department of Washington and Lee University invites applications for a two-year Visiting Assistant Professor position in Islamic Art (July 1st, 2022-June 30th 2024). Area of specialization is open. 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 course load will be 2-3-1 or 3-2-1, depending on the needs of the department in a given academic year. The successful candidate would teach an introductory course that emphasizes the trans-regional interactions of the Islamic world, several intermediate courses (focused on theme, period, and/or region), and upper-level course/s related to the candidate’s specialization. The candidate’s course offerings and research would benefit from and contribute to Washington and Lee University’s rich disciplinary focus on Islamic cultures as demonstrated through the Middle East and South Asia program, Medieval and Renaissance Studies Program, Religious Studies, and Politics Department. Of particular interest are candidates whose teaching can support other dynamic interdisciplinary programs such Africana Studies and Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies. Candidates will also demonstrate an ability to support the University’s commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion.

W&L is ranked among the top liberal arts institutions in the U.S. and the Art and Art History Department is one of the largest in the College. The 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 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. The University’s commitment to supporting faculty research will provide the successful candidate the opportunity to apply for summer research and conference funds.



A PhD in Art History or Visual Studies at the time of appointment is preferable.


Application Instructions

Review of applications will begin February 1, 2022, and continue until the position is filled. To be considered, applicants should submit the following materials to the Interfolio portal here.

  • Cover letter describing their teaching interests and experiences, as well as addressing their recent research projects and agenda
  • Sample Syllabus
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Three confidential letters of recommendation

For more information, please contact the head of the search committee, Prof. Melissa Kerin at