Assistant Professor of Sociology and Anthropology (Tenure-track)


The Department of Sociology & Anthropology at DePauw University invites applications for a tenure-track position in cultural anthropology at the rank of Assistant Professor to begin in August 2024. A Ph.D. in anthropology (by the time of appointment) is preferred; ABD also will be considered at the rank of Instructor. The successful candidate will have an innovative research agenda and teaching experience related to Indigenous North America. Potential specializations include, but are not limited to, Indigenous language revitalization and reclamation; anti- and decolonial social and political movements; visual and expressive culture; the relationship between Indigeneity and Blackness; law and social justice; religion, belief systems, and wisdom traditions; land, dispossession, and migration; and political economy. We seek an anthropologist who works collaboratively with Indigenous North American communities in a way that can contribute substantively to emerging national conversations on Indigenous rights, respect, and partnerships.

Candidates must be able to contribute to teaching the following courses in the anthropology core curriculum: introductory cultural anthropology; ethnographic methods; anthropological theory; and senior seminar. We seek candidates with pedagogical commitments to racial and social justice. A commitment to teaching undergraduates in a liberal arts setting and evidence of effective teaching are essential along with an ongoing commitment to inclusive pedagogy and high-impact practices in teaching and learning. This position includes employee health and retirement benefits, mentoring, and faculty development funding. The teaching responsibilities include three courses per semester, in addition to a half-credit course taught every third year during DePauw’s January or May term.

DePauw University is a leading, nationally-recognized liberal arts university dedicated to educating just over 1,700 highly talented, motivated, and diverse students from across the country and around the globe. Connected to the liberal arts college is one of the nation’s first Schools of Music, to be renamed The Institute of Music at DePauw in July 2024. For 185 years, DePauw has created an atmosphere of intellectual challenge and social engagement that prepares students for lifelong success. Located in Greencastle, Indiana, about a 45-minute drive west of Indianapolis, DePauw is a member of the Great Lakes Colleges Association . DePauw has an ongoing commitment to diversity and seeks to strengthen our institution through equitable and inclusive practices. Please see this profile for more information about DePauw University.

Application Instructions

Applications should be submitted through Interfolio and include: cover letter, CV, one-page teaching philosophy, one-page research statement, contact information for three references, and a copy of graduate transcript(s). Application materials should provide evidence of a commitment to successfully fostering and engaging with a diversity of ideas and experiences to create an inclusive environment in the classroom and at the University. Review of applications begins October 10, 2023 and continues until filled. Questions may be directed to the Chair of the Sociology & Anthropology Department, Lydia Marshall, at

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DePauw University, in affirmation of its commitment to excellence, endeavors to provide equal opportunity for all individuals in its hiring, promotion, compensation and admission procedures. Institutional decisions regarding hiring, promotion, compensation and admission will be based upon a person’s qualifications and/or performance without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, disability, age, gender, gender identity or gender expression, except where religion, gender, or national origin is a bona fide occupational qualification.

DePauw University’s goals and commitments are best served if the institution reflects the diversity of our society; hence, DePauw seeks diversity in all areas and levels of employment and abides by all local, state and federal regulations concerning equal employment opportunities. The University admits, hires and promotes individuals upon their qualities and merits.

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