Assistant/Associate Professor of Business Administration (Data Analytics/Data Visualization)

Job Description & Qualification

Position Description
The Department of Business Administration in the Williams School of Commerce, Economics, and 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 and visualization. The position requires teaching experience in statistics/data science/analytics and a PhD in a relevant field. The appointment begins July 1, 2022. ABD candidates must present evidence that their dissertation will be defended by July 1, 2022 and must have some teaching experience.

We are looking for candidates with a background in data science plus another complementary domain of interest that would lend itself to meaningful course development, such as tech ethics, business communication, political science, etc. The successful candidate will develop and teach a Business Analytics elective course as well as teach one or more sections of the Business Administration major's required Fundamentals of Business Statistics and Data Analysis course. Electives in the ethical use of data, data visualization, and/or data-driven storytelling are also possibilities. The ability to teach an introductory course on the information systems used in accounting would be helpful, though is not required.

Candidates must present a clear vision as to how they will impart the following competencies to our liberal arts undergraduate students: quantitative literacy, proficiency in visualizing and communicating data to stakeholders, an understanding of why analytics is a critical component of business decision-making, and what it means to use data in an ethical manner. 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.

The university requires employees to become fully vaccinated for COVID-19 and new employees must provide proof of at least their first shot prior to the first day of employment. Individuals may seek a medical or a religious exemption to the vaccination requirement.

A PhD in a relevant field and demonstrated teaching effectiveness are required.

Application Procedure

Applications must be submitted through Interfolio:

Application Instructions
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 January 15, 2022 and will continue on a rolling basis until the position is filled.

About the Organization

About Washington and Lee University: Washington and Lee University is a highly selective, private, liberal arts university with approximately 1800 undergraduates, located in the Shenandoah Valley in Lexington, Virginia. It is the only top tier liberal arts college in the United States to claim a nationally accredited commerce school. Established in 1905, the Williams School of Commerce, Economics, and Politics offers a business education within the university’s larger liberal arts curriculum. The Williams School has been fully accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) since 1927.

Established in 1749, Washington and Lee University is the ninth oldest institution of higher learning in the nation. To learn more, please visit

Lexington (population 7,000) is a warm, welcoming, and historic town located between the Blue Ridge and Allegheny Mountains. Lexington is 40 minutes from Staunton (home of the American Shakespeare Center), one hour from Charlottesville, VA, and three hours southwest of Washington, D.C.

Additional Information

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.

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Job ID

ID: J10212