The Department of Business Administration in the Williams School of Commerce, Economics & Politics at Washington and Lee University invites applications for a tenure-track position as an assistant professor or associate professor (without tenure) in data analytics with a possible expertise in data visualization. The position requires teaching experience in statistics/data sciences/analytics and a PhD in a relevant field. The appointment begins July 1, 2021. ABD candidates must present evidence that their dissertation will be defended by July 1, 2021 and must have some teaching experience.
We are looking for candidates with a background in data science and a passion for bringing new life to traditional statistics by teaching it through a data analytics lens. The successful candidate will teach a required Fundamentals of Business Statistics and Data Analysis course, as well as elective courses in data visualizations and data-driven storytelling. Candidates must have a clear vision as to how they will impart the following to our liberal arts students: quantitative literacy, proficiency in visualizing and communicating data to stakeholders, and a compelling rationale as to why statistical knowledge is a critical component of business decision-making. We value candidates who have experience in industry, though it is not a requirement.
To achieve our mission as a liberal arts college, we continually strive to foster an inclusive campus community, which recognizes the value of all persons regardless of identity. Our department is committed to preparing our students for engaged citizenship by creating an educational environment 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.
This position requires a strong commitment to excellence in teaching in an undergraduate liberal arts environment. We are particularly interested in candidates who value interdisciplinary studies and can integrate their course content with the liberal arts. Candidates who can demonstrate expertise or experience with diverse pedagogical techniques are likewise encouraged to apply.
The teaching load is 5.5 courses per year over three terms. The half course is most often a course offered every other year in our unique 4-week spring term. The school calendar consists of two 12-week terms, one in the fall and one in the winter, and the 4-week spring term.
We seek candidates that demonstrate the capacity to conduct ongoing scholarly research that is consistent with the rank sought and who are enthusiastic about making service contributions to the W&L community. To support faculty research agendas, the university has a generous five-year sabbatical cycle as well as a pre-tenure research leave program.
A PhD in a relevant field and demonstrated teaching effectiveness are required.
To be considered, applicants should submit the following materials through the Interfolio portal:
Letter of Application (summarizing teaching interests and experience, current and future scholarship, interest in a liberal arts environment, and demonstrating the ability to work with a diverse student population)
Diversity Statement (no more than one page, explaining any relevant experiences and commitments to diversity)
Evidence of Teaching Effectiveness (including a teaching statement, representative syllabi, list of courses taught, and course evaluations. Please note: “Selected comments” are not considered a substitute for full course evaluations)
Name and contact information for three professional references
During subsequent stages of the interview process, candidates may be asked to provide:
Written examples of scholarship
Application review begins April 3, 2021 and will continue on a rolling basis until the position is filled.
If you have questions about the position, please contact Prof. Stephen Lind, chair of the search committee at LindS@WLU.edu.
About Washington and Lee University
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.
The campus is a national historical landmark, the city offers small-town charm, and the Allegheny and Blue Ridge Mountains provide unparalleled surroundings.
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.
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 devel...opment 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.