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The University of Virginia Department of Anthropology seeks to hire an Assistant Professor

Department of Anthropology
Charlottesville, Virginia
Salary is commensurate with education and experience.
Posted Date
Oct 28, 2022
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The University of Virginia Department of Anthropology seeks to hire an Assistant Professor (tenure track), whose work engages the intersection of indigeneity and race in global comparative perspective. Ideal applicants should have a track record of community-based research and collaborative methodologies.  We are particularly interested in applicants involved with networks of interdisciplinary knowledge production, in and beyond traditional academic spaces. Geographic specialization is open, including multi-sited approaches. Socio-cultural anthropologists with these qualifications are encouraged to apply, as are scholars from other anthropological sub-fields and related disciplines.

Candidates must have a PhD in anthropology or cognate discipline at the time of application. Additionally, we seek candidates who have an ongoing program of research and publication (commensurate with years since PhD), demonstrated excellence in teaching, and the ability to teach courses that contribute centrally to the Department’s PhD program and undergraduate major (with a 2/2 load). Responsibilities also include mentoring diverse undergraduate and graduate students, contributing to the Department and University through service, and seeking external funding to support an active research program. The successful candidate will further our understanding of the overlaps and intersections of indigeneity and race, the racialization of indigenous groups, and the ways in which these experiences are negotiated by peoples in specific communities and across multiple scales and contexts.

Preferred: within this topical framework, we are seeking a colleague who will help enhance key strengths and commitments of our current faculty – including material, spatial, and temporal dimensions of power and inequality; comparative studies of racism and racial regimes; ethnographic research and writing for diverse audiences; in situ sustainability and environmental care; foodways, health and healing; social movements, human rights and humanitarianism; decolonizing methodologies; community-based heritage management and curation; and grassroots language documentation and revitalization. We have a strong preference for someone who will strengthen our interdisciplinary connections across and beyond the College of Arts and Sciences, through, for example, participation in one of more of the following: the Black and Indigenous Feminist Futures Institute, the Carter G. Woodson Institute for African American and African Studies, the Indigenous Studies PhD Certificate, the Native and Indigenous Studies Undergraduate Minor, Global Studies, the Environmental Humanities, and Environmental Thought and Practice.

Accordingly, we will prefer candidates who work productively with colleagues, within and across disciplines, are skilled at communicating with diverse audiences through a variety of mediums and have the organizational and interpersonal skills to help lead new research and curricular initiatives in the department and beyond.

Salary is commensurate with education and experience.

The University will perform background checks on all new hires prior to employment.  A completed pre-employment health screen is required for this position prior to employment.

Anticipated start date is August 25, 2023.

To Apply:

Please apply through Workday, and search for  R0041706.  Complete an application online with the following documents:

    Cover Letter detailing (1) areas of research and scholarship interest; (2) teaching experience; (3) potential collaborations at UVa; (3) demonstrated past experience working with diverse populations, and/or cultivating a diverse, equitable, and inclusive culture.
    Contact information for at least 3 references

Upload all materials into the resume submission field, multiple documents can be submitted into this one field. Alternatively, merge all documents into one PDF for submission.  Applications that do not contain all required documents will not receive full consideration. Internal applicants must apply through their UVA Workday profile by searching 'Find Jobs'.  This position will remain open until filled. Review of applications will begin on December 1, 2022.

For additional information about the position, please contact Professor Sonia Alconini at

For questions about the application process, please contact Melanie Sponaugle, Academic Recruiter, and

UVA is located in beautiful Charlottesville with easy access to the Blue Ridge Mountains, the eastern shore and the nation's Capital. Charlottesville is one of the best places to live; outdoors, vibrant town with culture, music, restaurants, and excellent schools.

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Department of Anthropology Diversity Statement

The University of Virginia was built on the land of the Monacan Native American nation and with the enslaved labor of African and African American people. The anthropologists in our department pledge our collective commitment to pursuing an ongoing reexamination of our discipline, its fraught colonial and racial legacies, and its potential for grounded collaborative research. Collectively, we commit to combatting racism and any form of inequality and work toward building a more just, compassionate, and equitable world.

This is primarily a sedentary job involving extensive use of desktop computers. The job does occasionally require traveling some distance to attend meetings, and programs.

COVID Vaccination Requirement and Guidelines

Please visit the UVA COVID-19 Job Requirements and Guidelines webpage prior to applying for current information regarding vaccination requirements and guidelines for employment at UVA.

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