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Assistant Professor of Anthropology

St. Mary's College of Maryland
Maryland, United States
Salary Not specified
Posted Date
Dec 8, 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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St. Mary’s College of Maryland is accepting applications for a tenure track position at the rank of Assistant Professor of Anthropology to begin in the Fall of 2022.  St. Mary’s College of Maryland’s Department of Anthropology seeks a tenure-track assistant professor in sociocultural or biocultural anthropology grounded in contemporary cultural anthropological theories and qualitative ethnographic research to teach three courses per semester, six courses per academic year. The department considers teaching as an important form of anthropological practice, and the successful applicant will be expected to teach both introductory (four-field) and upper-level courses in sociocultural anthropology that contribute to our sociocultural anthropology course offerings for the major and minor. The position would also share departmental faculty’s responsibility in regularly teaching methods courses appropriate to their subdiscipline and the department’s core requirements for the major in addition to elective courses in their area of expertise. All professors at St. Mary’s are expected to contribute to the college-wide core curriculum. Areas of interest include but are not limited to: race and/or ethnicity; gender and/or sexualities; environmental and/or climate justice; medical anthropology and/or global public health. Geographic region is open; we prefer areas that will contribute to the Atlantic World focus of the department. Ph.D. required by August 2022 and evidence of teaching excellence is required.  An interest in attracting and retaining students from underrepresented groups is desirable.


With the support of the Office of Inclusive Diversity, Equity, Access, and Accountability (IDEA2), St. Mary’s College has designated this position as part of a cluster hire designed to increase the diversity of SMCM faculty.  The College seeks to build and support a network of committed scholars whose pedagogical practice—across their diverse fields of specialization—improves the educational experience of underrepresented students. At this time, programs participating in this cluster hire include Anthropology, Biology, Computer Science, Economics, and Psychology.  Candidates who demonstrate commitment to and past experience supporting BIPOC, first generation, and low-income students will be given preference.  St. Mary’s College is particularly interested in candidates whose teaching is culturally responsive, and grounded in strategies that both increase student belonging and reduce equity gaps in student performance. New faculty in this cluster hire cohort will be supported by supplementary research funds up to $5000 in the first two years, paid professional development opportunities, individualized strategic mentoring, campus and community onboarding, and a dedicated steering committee to oversee the long-term success of the initiative and its participants.


Non-sectarian since its founding, St. Mary's College of Maryland, a public Carnegie Baccalaureate, Arts and Sciences institution located in St. Mary's City, 70 miles southeast of Washington, D.C., has been designated as Maryland's public honors college.  With selective admissions policies, academically talented students, and a rigorous curriculum, we offer a small college experience similar to that found at exceptional private colleges.  St. Mary’s faculty benefit from a comprehensive program of support for scholarship, research, travel, and curriculum development, including course releases for pre-tenure faculty and leaves for tenured faculty.  The quality of life is enhanced by the recreational opportunities of the Chesapeake region and by our proximity to Washington, D.C. and Baltimore.


St. Mary’s College ( embodies diversity and inclusion in its mission.  We create an environment that recognizes the value of individual and group differences and we encourage inquiries from applicants who will contribute to our cultural and ethnic diversity.   Application materials should include a cover letter (within the cover letter, applicants are requested to speak to ways in which they will contribute to a campus culture of inclusion and diversity), curriculum vitae (including e-mail address), statement of research interests, and a teaching portfolio that includes course syllabi, teaching philosophy, and evidence of teaching effectiveness (if available).  Applicants should also arrange for the submission of three confidential letters of recommendation. Applicants can request confidential letters through their Interfolio Dossier account, which may be uploaded for free by the letter writer directly to our Interfolio-hosted account for committee review. Applications are being accepted online at:  Questions may be directed to William C. Roberts, Chair;


Review of applications will begin immediately with initial interviews beginning in January, 2022 and continue until the position is filled. Employment will be contingent upon successful completion of a criminal background check and proof of COVID-19 vaccination, medical and religious exemptions may be considered.   St. Mary’s College of Maryland is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer.


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