2020-2021 Positions  updated October 31, 2019


James C. Wheat Professorship in Leadership

Hampden-Sydney College and the Wilson Center for Leadership in the Public Interest invite applications from accomplished senior practitioners and scholars with appropriate professional experience for the James C. Wheat Professorship in Leadership. The Wheat Professor will offer interdisciplinary courses for qualified upper classmen and participate in college-wide programs. The contract will be for a single year and renewable for not more than two additional years at the discretion of the Academic Dean.

While the professional background of the Wheat Professor may be in business, communications, government service, law, or a variety of academic disciplines, the courses are expected to exceed the limits of any single professional field. The college is intent on identifying a person of intellectual flexibility and wide professional and/or academic experience.

The successful candidate will teach three courses per academic year.  The Wheat Professor will teach Leadership and Ethics (Interdisciplinary Studies 440) in both the fall and spring semester.  She or he will also develop another special topics class dealing with leadership and/or public policy topics in the area of expertise.  That second class will be taught either in the fall or spring at the choice of the professor.  Though this is a part-time position, the Wheat Professor is expected to spend time on campus advising students and engaging the broader campus community.  The Wheat Professor is expected to give at least one public talk each semester.

Hampden-Sydney College is a selective liberal arts institution for men enrolling over 1000 students, located on a beautiful 1300-acre campus in Virginia, 60 miles southwest of Richmond.  Founded in 1775, it has been in continuous operation for 244 years, making it the tenth oldest institution of higher learning in the United States.  The mission of The Wilson Center for Leadership in the Public Interest is to “prepare men of character for lives of consequence.”  We do so by linking grounded theory and practical experience through our two minors (Leadership in the Public Interest and National Security Studies), our four year leadership program, and lectures and programs scheduled throughout the academic year. 

The Wilson Center is named for noted national security leader, Lt. General Samuel V. Wilson (bio link http://www.hsc.edu/wilson-leadership/general-sam-wilson) who served as the 22nd President of Hampden-Sydney College.  The Wilson family gave all of his writings and memorabilia to the College upon his death in 2017.  A full time archivist has been hired to digitize and catalogue the extensive collection that sheds light on national security decision-making from World War II through the Global War on Terror.  The Wheat Professor would have the ability to engage the archivist, student workers, and the collection as part of the position. 

Please submit a letter of interest, CV or resume, and three names of reference to Interfolio at the following link: http://apply.interfolio.com/70891.  The letter of interest should describe your philosophy of leadership and approach to teaching leadership and ethics.  A review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.  Hampden-Sydney College values diversity, prohibits discrimination, and is committed to equal opportunity for all employees and applicants for employment.

Assistant Professor of Rhetoric and Director of Rhetoric Studio

Hampden-Sydney College invites applications for a tenure-track position beginning August 2020 at the rank of ​Assistant Professor of Rhetoric & Director of the Rhetoric Studio, a state-of-the-art multimodal literacy center that opened in August 2019 as part of the College’s Pannill Center for Rhetoric and Communication.  Information about this exciting new feature of the Rhetoric Program is available on the Hampden-Sydney web page:  http://www.hsc.edu/pannill-center/rhetoric-studioHampden-Sydney’s Rhetoric Program is praised and supported by the administration, faculty, and alumni as a central part of the curriculum​; our Rhetoric Minor is the most popular minor that the College offers.

Applicants should submit a letter of application, curriculum vitae, and three confidential letters of reference via Interfolio https://apply.interfolio.com/68062.  Address letter to Professor Katherine Weese, Director of Rhetoric, Hampden-Sydney College, Hampden-Sydney, VA 23943. Inquiries may be sent to  kweese@hsc.edu. Application deadline is November 15, 2019.  

This nine-month faculty position involves a combination of administrative work and classroom teaching in first-year composition courses and upper-level courses in the Rhetoric minor  Administrative duties will include but are not limited to training student consultants who staff the Studio, overseeing outreach efforts to faculty across the curriculum to promote the Studio’s opportunities and services, and facilitating workshops for faculty interested in incorporating assignments in various modalities. The successful candidate will oversee the Studio but will also work collaboratively with a team of faculty colleagues who serve as consultants and who assist in other aspects of the Studio’s operation.  Since the Studio—with its emphasis on providing support for multimodal communication ​projects in the disciplines—is a new feature of the Rhetoric Program, we are especially interested in candidates who can work well both with colleagues in Rhetoric and with faculty across multiple disciplines to make the Studio a centerpiece of the College’s liberal arts curriculum.

Assistant Professor of Psychology

Hampden-Sydney College, a private liberal arts institution for men with a commitment to excellence in undergraduate education, invites applications for a tenure-track appointment of Assistant Professor of Psychology, beginning August 2020, with responsibility for teaching a course load of 7 classes per academic year.  Please visit our department web site at  http://www.hsc.edu/academics/psychology.

Candidates should have the Ph.D. in the areas of Social or Industrial/Organizational Psychology by the time of their appointment and be prepared to teach courses in their area of specialization as well as a related lab course, an integrated statistics methods course, and introductory psychology. Preference will be given to candidates that are able to offer courses relevant to careers in business or industry. Candidates also are expected to be active scholars who will engage in research that involves undergraduate students.

Applicants should submit a letter of interest, curriculum vitae, graduate transcript, sample of written work, indications of teaching competence, and three letters of recommendations by Interfolio https://apply.interfolio.com/67180. Address letter to Dr. Dan Mossler, Chair, Department of Psychology, Hampden-Sydney College, Hampden Sydney, VA 23943.

The review of applications will begin on December 8, 2019 and will continue until the position is filled. Hampden-Sydney College values diversity, prohibits discrimination, and is committed to equal opportunity for all employees and applicants for employment.

Assistant Professor Biology

Hampden-Sydney College invites applications for a full time, tenure-track Assistant Professor of Biology with specialization in Neurobiology and Anatomy & Physiology. Responsibilities include a 4/3 teaching load with lecture/laboratory courses for freshman-level Principles of Biology, sophomore-level Anatomy & Physiology, and an advanced course in Neurobiology that will fulfill requirements for a new minor in Neuroscience. The ability to offer an advanced course in Developmental Biology is also desirable. 

Hampden-Sydney highly values the teacher/scholar model of education.  Candidates must be broadly trained, dedicated to undergraduate teaching, and prepared to supervise student research.  Competitive applicants should hold a Ph.D. in a relevant field of Biology.  Contact: Dr. Kristian Hargadon, Chair, Department of Biology. Telephone: (434) 223-6261; FAX: (434) 223-6374; E-mail, khargadon@hsc.edu, Website:  http://www.hsc.edu/academics/biology/.

To apply, please upload the following via  Interfolio http://apply.interfolio.com/67359:  letter of application addressed to Dr. Kristian Hargadon, curriculum vitae, statement of teaching philosophy, statement of research plans, and three letters of reference.  Review of applications will begin on October 15, 2019 and continue until the position is filled. Employment begins July 1, 2020.

Assistant Professor of Chemistry

The Department of Chemistry at Hampden-Sydney College invites applications from outstanding candidates for a tenure-track position in Biochemistry, broadly defined, at the rank of Assistant Professor. Our new colleague will have the opportunity to teach Biochemistry courses, research-style advanced laboratories for majors and minors, and courses in related areas. The position starts in the 2020-21 academic year.

Excellent applicants will demonstrate a commitment to teaching and scholarship at the undergraduate level including maintaining an active research program with our students.

Applicants should submit a letter of application, curriculum vitae, teaching philosophy, statement of research plans, and three confidential letters of reference via Interfolio https://apply.interfolio.com/67370. At least one professional reference should address the applicant's teaching potential and abilities. Address letter to Dr. Nicholas P. Deifel and the Chemistry Search Committee, Hampden-Sydney College, Hampden-Sydney, VA 23943. The first review of complete applications will begin on Monday, October 21st, 2019. Applications will be considered until the position is filled.

Assistant Professor of Computer Science

The Department of Mathematics and Computer Science at Hampden-Sydney College is seeking applicants for a tenure-track Assistant Professor of Computer Science position beginning mid-August 2020. Successful applicants will teach a range of undergraduate computer science courses. Hampden-Sydney College highly values the teacher/scholar model.  Thus, candidates must demonstrate a strong commitment to teaching and the drive to sustain an ongoing program of scholarship.

Applicants should have a Ph.D. in computer science or a closely related field by the time of appointment.  We encourage candidates with a wide range of specialties to apply.

All applicants must submit a letter of application, curriculum vitae, teaching statement, and three letters of reference.   Please submit all application materials to Professor Brian Lins, Chair, Department of Mathematics and Computer Science, Hampden-Sydney College via Interfolio https://apply.interfolio.com/68153. Review of applications will begin on November 15 and will continue until the position is filled.


Hampden-Sydney College is a selective liberal arts institution enrolling over 1000 students, located on a beautiful 1300-acre campus in Virginia, 60 miles southwest of Richmond. Founded in 1775, it has been in continuous operation for 244 years, making it the tenth oldest institution of higher learning in the United States. Hampden-Sydney College values diversity, prohibits discrimination, and is committed to equal opportunity for all employees and applicants for employment.

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Hampden-Sydney College is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. 
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