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Assistant Professor of Design Anthropology

California State University, Long Beach
California, United States
Salary Not specified
Date posted
Jan 8, 2024

Assistant Professor of Design Anthropology

Job No: 530292
Work Type: Instructional Faculty - Tenured/Tenure-Track
Location: Long Beach
Categories: Unit 3 - CFA - California Faculty Association, Faculty - Letters/Humanities, Tenured/Tenure-Track, Full Time

Position: Assistant Professor of Design Anthropology
Effective Date: August 19, 2024 (Fall Semester)
Salary: The Assistant Professor (Academic Year) classification salary is $5,405 to $11,994/per month (12 monthly payments per academic year). The anticipated hiring range is $6,667 to $7,084/per month. Salary offered is commensurate with qualifications and experience.
Application Deadline: Review of applications to begin August 29, 2023. Position opened until filled (or recruitment canceled).

College of Liberal Arts
Department of Anthropology

Required Qualifications:
  • Ph.D. in Anthropology or Applied Anthropology. Degree at time of application or official notification of completion of the doctoral degree by August 1, 2024.
  • Expertise in how the design, implementation, ethics and regulation of new technologies and products impact human organizations, consumers, communities and/or environments
  • Expertise in User Experience Design (UX), Human Centered Design, Artificial Intelligence, Metaverse, Virtual Reality, and/or Augmented Reality or related emergent technologies, products or experiences
  • Familiarity and/or experience with industry collaboration with professionals, their clients and other community members in all aspects of the design process.
  • Demonstrated potential for research productivity
  • Demonstrated potential for successful teaching at the undergraduate and graduate levels.
  • Demonstrated commitment to working successfully with a diverse student population

Preferred Qualifications
  • A track record of integrating principles from the field of Design in addressing the traditional concerns of Applied Anthropology in multidisciplinary teams
  • Well-versed in ethnographic research, anthropological theory, methodologies and practices.
  • Demonstrated potential to involve students in their field research and/or creative projects and connecting our department to the field of Design
  • Demonstrated ability to teach courses such as Introduction to Cultural Anthropology, Ethnographic Methods, Applied Anthropology, New Media Ethnography, Professional Development in Anthropology, Foundations of Anthropology, and graduate seminars vis-à-vis theory and methods
  • Demonstrate a commitment to scholarly excellence and will serve on appropriate departmental, college and university committees
  • Demonstrated potential to contribute to the program and form interdisciplinary partnerships
  • Experience and passion for teaching and working with colleagues and students from diverse age, socioeconomic, cultural, gender, disability, and academic backgrounds
  • Experience of successfully working with populations demographically and socioeconomically similar to the CSULB student body (Demographics)

  • Teach undergraduate and graduate level courses including field school courses [Mode of instruction may include in-person, hybrid, online, and/or any combination thereof.]
  • Serve on thesis committees
  • Develop and sustain research, scholarly and creative activities leading to publication and presentations
  • Establish interdisciplinary research partnerships
  • Participate in service to the department, college, and university
  • Collaborate with faculty to further the goals of the Anthropology Department
  • Participate in regional and national anthropology organizations

About the Department
The Department of Anthropology at California State University, Long Beach (CSULB) is a four-field department dedicated to student learning and creating opportunities for hands-on, real life research experiences that advance career and graduate school opportunities. We seek to foster an environment within which faculty can conduct meaningful research, collaborate on shared goals and build partnerships across the university.

Digital Humanities and Social Sciences in the College of Liberal Arts
A growing community of digital humanities and social science scholars in the College of Liberal Arts (CLA). The CLA is the largest college at CSULB, and it is home to more than 30 academic programs and degree options. Four CLA departments—Anthropology, Comparative World Literature, Journalism and Public Relations, and Sociology—will hire new faculty with digital expertise in Fall 2024. The dean has made it a strategic priority to ensure these new tenure-track colleagues can connect with each other as well as with faculty from other disciplines who are dedicated to digital scholarly and creative activities.

CSULB seeks to recruit faculty who enthusiastically support the University's strong commitment to the academic success of all of our students, including students of color, students with disabilities, students who are first generation to college, veterans, students with diverse socio-economic backgrounds, and students of diverse sexual orientations and gender expressions. CSULB seeks to recruit and retain a diverse workforce as a reflection of our commitment to serve the People of California, to maintain the excellence of the University, and to offer our students a rich variety of expertise, perspectives, and ways of knowing and learning.

Information on excellent benefits package available to CSULB faculty is located here: CSU Employee Benefits

How to Apply - Required Documentation:
  • An Equity and Diversity Statement about your teaching or other experiences, successes, and challenges in working with a diverse student population (maximum two pages, single-spaced). For further information and guidelines, please visit:
  • Letter of application addressing the required and preferred qualifications
  • CV
  • Names and contact information for three references (to be contacted for confidential letters of recommendation should the applicant reach the finalist stage)
  • Semi-Finalists should be prepared to submit a copy of transcript from institution awarding highest degree
  • Teaching evaluations (maximum of two) or other evidence of teaching effectiveness, if applicable
  • Finalists should be prepared to submit an official transcript (e-transcript preferred, if available)

How to Apply: Click the Apply Now icon to complete the CSULB online application.

Requests for information should be addressed to:

R. Scott Wilson, Ph.D., Department and Search Committee Chair
California State University, Long Beach
Department of Anthropology
1250 Bellflower Boulevard
Long Beach, CA 90840-1003

Telephone: 562-985-5171 or Email:


A background check (including a criminal records check and telephone reference check with most recent employer) must be completed satisfactorily before any candidate can be offered a position with the CSU. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may affect the application status of applicants or continued employment of current CSU employees who apply for the position.

The person holding this position is considered a “mandated reporter” under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and is required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083 Revised July 21, 2017 as a condition of employment.

CSU Vaccination Policy
CSU requires faculty, staff, and students who are accessing campus facilities to be immunized against COVID-19 or declare a medical or religious exemption from doing so. Any candidates advanced in a currently open search process should be prepared to comply with this requirement. The systemwide policy can be found at Click or tap if you trust this link." href="" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer"> and questions may be sent to

CSULB is committed to creating a community in which a diverse population can learn, live, and work in an atmosphere of tolerance, civility and respect for the rights and sensibilities of each individual, without regard to race or ethnicity (including color or ancestry), nationality, religion or religious creed, gender (or sex), gender identity (including transgender), gender expression, sexual orientation, marital status, disability (physical or mental), medical condition, genetic information, age, veteran or military status. CSULB is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Application Closes: Open until filled

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