Assistant Professor, Cultural Anthropology

Employer
Western Washington University
Location
Washington, United States
Salary
Salary Commensurate with experience
Posted date
Sep 30, 2021

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Social & Behavioral Sciences, Anthropology & Archaeology
Employment Level
Tenured/Tenured Track
Employment Type
Full Time
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The Department of Anthropology invites applications for a full-time, tenure-track Assistant Professor position in Cultural Anthropology, to begin in September 2022.  The ideal candidate will have completed a PhD and have a strong foundation in collaborating with contemporary Northwest indigenous peoples and communities.  Preferred academic specialties include educational, ecological, biomedical or linguistic aspects of Northwest indigenous peoples.  We seek to add an Anthropologist whose research represents collaborative transdisciplinary efforts leading to community based engagement, with implications for education, health, environmental or economic concerns.  The ideal candidate will focus on issues affecting local indigenous communities and populations, incorporating experiential learning, original collaborative research, and local/regional partnerships. The successful candidate must be able to demonstrate dedication to effective teaching and active-learning practices.  They must also be able to demonstrate an ability to develop and sustain a research program, to mentor students and engage them in research.  The Department of Anthropology is committed to advancing diversity in all areas of faculty effort, including scholarship, instruction, and engagement.  The successful candidate will be expected to fulfill teaching and mentoring responsibilities that provide equitable and inclusive learning environments for all students. Candidates should address at least one of the topical areas outlined above in their cover letter, indicating how their past experiences, current interests and activities, and/or future goals could promote a work climate that values and supports inclusion.

The position requires a strong commitment to teaching.  Class responsibilities may include courses such as Introduction to Cultural Anthropology, Native American Perspectives, Native Peoples of the Northwest Coast, and courses developed in their own specialty.  The successful candidate will maintain a research program involving both undergraduate and graduate students and will collaborate with researchers in and beyond the department.

Required Qualifications:

  • PhD (by time of application) in Anthropology or related field
  • Experience in collaborative, community based research focusing on contemporary issues
  • Demonstrated scholarship focused on Northwest Coastal indigenous communities
  • Demonstrated dedication to effective teaching and active-learning practices
  • Evidence of the ability to develop and sustain a research program
  • Demonstrated ability and commitment to cultivating learning environments that are equitable and inclusive of students with diverse social identities and backgrounds
  • Excellent communication skills
  • All employees must comply with our Immunization policies, including https://hr.wwu.edu/covid-19-employee-vaccination-information" href="https://hr.wwu.edu/covid-19-employee-vaccination-information" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">COVID vaccination by time of hire and https://policy.wwu.edu/pol-u1300.01-requiring-proof-of-rubeola-measles-immunity.pdf" href="https://policy.wwu.edu/POL-U1300.01-Requiring-Proof-of-Rubeola-Measles-Immunity.pdf" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Proof of Rubeola Measles Immunity within 60-days of hire. Please reach out to HR@wwu.edu if you need information regarding medical or religious exemption and applicable accommodations.

    Preferred Qualifications:

    • Preferred academic specialties include educational, ecological, biomedical or linguistic aspects of Northwest Coast indigenous peoples
    • Demonstrated ability to teach subjects described in the sections above (ANTH 201, Introduction to Anthropology;  ANTH 361, Native American Perspectives; and ANTH 462, Critical Issues in Indigenous NW Studies, among others)
    • Post-doctoral fellowship or additional professional experience
    • Teaching and scholarly interests, and experience, aligned with the Anthropology Department

    Salary:

    Commensurate with experience and qualifications, including an excellent benefits package. In addition WWU offers internal research, publication and course development funding, and yearly travel/professional development funding.

    How to Apply: 

    For full job description and to apply, please go to: https://hr.wwu.edu/careers?job=498908

    A cover letter and curriculum vitae are required and should address your experience related to the position responsibilities and the required and preferred qualifications.

    You will be asked to provide contact information of three references.

    Required Supplemental Materials:

    Also required is a separate statement, addressing how you would fulfill teaching and mentoring responsibilities that provide equitable and inclusive learning environments for all students. You may draw upon your personal as well as professional experience in developing this statement.  For more information about Western’s commitment to and work on equity, inclusion, and diversity, please see Western President’s page on Advancing Inclusion and Diversity

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