[C23-006] Assistant Professor of Community Development and Health Ecology

Central Connecticut State University
New Britain, Connecticut
Salary is commensurate with education and experience.
Posted Date
Feb 1, 2023


Assistant Professor of Community Development and Health Ecology

Departments of Anthropology and Geography

The Departments of Anthropology and Geography at Central Connecticut State University in New Britain seek candidates with a Ph.D. in Anthropology, or Geography, or related field for a full time, tenure-track position in Community Development and Health Ecology, with expertise in health disparities affecting African-descendant communities. The scholar should possess both a strong theoretical and applied grounding in ethnography, culture, and/or cultural geography. The ideal candidate combines theoretical expertise in community development and health ecology to examine the influence of behavioral, social, and structural factors related to social inequality and health disparities. Their research program should demonstrate a commitment to community-based research that directly articulates the intersectionality of health and race with social justice implications of their work. This position includes teaching and advising responsibilities at the undergraduate and graduate level. We seek a colleague who is dedicated to teaching excellence, creative research activities, academic service, and community engagement. Our departments encourage a diverse pool of scholars to apply for this position.

CCSU is an inclusive and “student success-centered” institution with an increasingly diverse student body that represents the populations of the communities it serves. We are dedicated to enhancing our innovative practices to increase access, improve retention, engage students in campus life, incorporate high-impact practices, and promote educational achievement and career readiness.

Required Qualifications:

  • Ph.D. in either Cultural Anthropology, Applied Anthropology, Cultural Geography, or Related Field (ABD candidates will be considered if they provide evidence of anticipated completion of degree by May 31, 2024.)
  • Experience teaching courses in cultural anthropology, cultural geography, or related fields Experience in community-based field work

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience teaching courses related to African descendant peoples and communities
  • Experience teaching courses related to Community Development and Health Ecology
  • Applied research and field experience in Health Ecology with African descendant communities
  • We encourage applicants with experience working with public and government agencies and organizations in the African descendant communities.

The University: The largest of Connecticut’s regional comprehensive universities, Central currently enrolls over 10,000 students. A third of its undergraduates are students of color, the largest group being Hispanic. Ninety-six (96%) percent of the students are from Connecticut. For more information about Central Connecticut State University, please visit www.ccsu.edu.

The Community: Located nine miles southwest of Hartford, New Britain is a city of approximately 72,000. Part of the Greater Hartford area of 1.2 million residents, New Britain is centrally located in the state and is within easy reach of much of Connecticut and several metropolitan areas. Nicknamed “the Hardware City” for its rich industrial heritage, it is home to Stanley Black & Decker. Important cultural institutions include the New Britain Museum of American Art and Walnut Hill Park, designed by Fredrick Law Olmstead. New Britain’s population is characterized by a high degree of racial and ethnic diversity. Currently, the U.S. Census Bureau estimates 70% of the population as White, 13% as Black or African American, 3% as Asian, and 0.2% as American Indian or Alaska Native. Currently 4.6% of New Britain’s population identify themselves in more than one racial category and 43% of New Britain’s population identify themselves as Hispanic or Latino. Fifty percent (50%) speak a language other than English in the home and 19% were born internationally. Significant portions of its population come from Puerto Rico and Poland or consider themselves to be from the African-American, Italian, or Irish ethnic backgrounds. In addition to all that greater Hartford provides, New Britain is 40 minutes from Springfield, Massachusetts, two hours from Boston, and two hours from New York City. It is also part of the Hartford-Springfield “Knowledge Corridor” and, therefore, within easy driving distance of a host of private and public institutions of higher education and many cultural opportunities.

Application and Appointment: Applications must be received by February 24, 2023.  Extended closing date: March 7, 2023. All applicants who have applied before February 24, 2023 will be considered.

To begin the application process please visit the CCSU HR Job Opportunities at https://www.ccsu.edu/hr/faculty-management-admin.html. Select job [C23-006] Assistant Professor of Community Development and Health Ecology and click on the Apply button and submit the following documents:

  • Letter of interest addressing qualifications for the position
  • Current curriculum vitae
  • Names of three professional references including their title, email addresses, and telephone numbers.
  • Unofficial Ph.D. Transcript If you are an ABD candidate, also include a letter from your dissertation advisor stating anticipated date of completion.
  • A Teaching Statement including teaching goals related to the required and preferred qualifications for this position.
  • A Research Statement including research goals related to the required and preferred qualifications for this position. A writing sample (Chapter of dissertation, paper, or published peer reviewed article).

Note: Candidates uploading additional materials must combine all documents into one PDF file. For further assistance, please email gabriela.s.flores-erazo@ccsu.edu

In accordance with the American Association of University Professors (AAUP) Collective Bargaining Union Contract, compensation for this position is at the rank of Assistant Professor for 2023-2024. Salary is commensurate with education and experience. For more information, please visit 2021-2025 American Association of University Professors (AAUP) Collective Bargaining Union Contract.

The State of Connecticut and Central Connecticut State University are proud to offer its employees competitive wages and a wide range of fringe benefits including voluntary and supplemental benefits.

Fringe benefits include personal and sick leave, paid holidays, medical, dental, and prescription plans, group life insurance, a choice of retirement plans, retirement health care, tuition waiver for employee and eligible dependents at any of the Connecticut State Universities (Central, Eastern, Southern or Western) as well as an array of voluntary and supplemental benefits such as Deferred Retirement Compensation plans, Dependent Care Assistance and Medical Flexible spending accounts, long term and short term disability plans.

For more detailed information, please visit CCSU Human Resources Incomplete or late applications will not be considered. Emailed and mailed applications will not be accepted. Please redact any personally identifiable information (i.e., Social Security number, date of birth, marital status, country of origin) from any documents submitted. Please ensure your Social Security Number is not listed on any documents submitted.

For more information, contact Dr. Brian Sommers and Dr. Thomas Rein, Search Committee Chairs, at sommersb@ccsu.edu and rein@ccsu.edu.

As an affirmative action employer, Central Connecticut State University actively seeks and encourages applications from women, minorities, persons with disabilities, and individuals with protected veteran status. The University provides reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities upon request.




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