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Cultural Anthropologist Assistant Professor

University of South Dakota
South Dakota, United States
Salary Commensurate with experience
Posted date
Oct 22, 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 and Sociology at the University of South Dakota invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor position in Cultural Anthropology, to begin in August 2022.

The position would carry a 3/3 load that includes an introductory course in cultural anthropology, upper-level courses appropriate to the candidate’s academic strengths, and shared responsibility for a course in socio-cultural theory. A successful candidate will offer courses that contribute to interdisciplinary programs that may include International Studies, Religious Studies, Sustainability, University Honors, Linguistics, Museum Studies, Native Studies, and/or Women, Gender & Sexuality Studies. Other duties will include advising and mentoring students and service to the campus and discipline.

An active research agenda, including publications in the field, is expected. A successful candidate should engage in ethnographic fieldwork, should have a commitment to involving undergraduates in their research, and should be committed to pursuing external funding opportunities from both governmental and private sources. Geographic and topical specializations are open.

Qualifications: Candidates should hold a Ph.D. in anthropology by the time of appointment. Preference will be given to applicants with interdisciplinary teaching experience and demonstrated success in research.

Candidates must submit application materials online at Application materials should include 1) a cover letter that includes a statement of teaching interests, including a description of how they might contribute to interdisciplinary programs, 2) a current curriculum vitae, 3) unofficial graduate transcripts, 4) contacts for three letters of recommendation, and 5) any supporting documents that the applicant may wish to provide (e.g. teaching evaluations, course syllabi, publications, etc.). Review of applications will begin November 22 and continue until the position is filled.

Salary is commensurate with experience. Additional questions may be addressed to Karen Koster, Chair, Anthropology and Sociology, 414 East Clark Street, Vermillion, SD 57069 (

Housed in USD’s College of Arts and Sciences, the Department of Anthropology and Sociology offers the BA and BS degrees in Anthropology and Sociology, minors in Anthropology, Sociology, Archaeology, and Geography, and certificates in Forensic Anthropology, Geospatial Analysis, and Health and Culture. Our courses support the General Education curriculum of the University, as well as multiple interdisciplinary programs across the campus. More information about the department’s faculty and programs is available at The University of South Dakota, with a student enrollment of approximately 10,000, is the state’s flagship liberal arts university. It is located in the town of Vermillion on the bluffs of the Missouri River,
60 miles south of Sioux Falls, SD (MSA 276,000) and 35 miles northwest of Sioux City, IA (MSA 169,000). For more information about the university, visit

The University of South Dakota is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. Diversity and inclusiveness are values embraced and practiced at USD. Candidates who support these values are especially encouraged to apply.

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