Assistant Professor in Medical Anthropology (Biocultural, Health Disparities focus)

The Department of Anthropology of The University of Alabama, in Tuscaloosa, invites applications for a full-time, tenure-track Assistant Professor position in medical anthropology beginning Fall 2018. Ph.D. in Anthropology is expected to be in hand at the time of the appointment. We seek a medical anthropologist whose research focuses on health disparities, broadly construed, and whose interests converge with the biocultural focus of the department. Beyond these criteria, topical and geographic specialization are open, although the applicant should complement existing specialties in the department, and be well-versed in both quantitative and qualitative research methods. The successful applicant will have research skills and interests that contribute directly to our undergraduate and graduate programs, with particular reference to our Ph.D. program and its focus on biocultural medical anthropology. The proposed faculty member will have teaching responsibilities that include specific core undergraduate and graduate level classes in cultural, biological, and/or biocultural anthropology, and courses of their own development. Preferred qualifications include a demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and student success, as well as working with broadly diverse communities.

The Department of Anthropology takes a traditional four-field approach to the BA, MA, and PhD degrees, emphasizing two areas of specialization that crosscut sub-disciplines: biocultural medical anthropology and the archaeology of complex societies in the Americas. The successful candidate will be able to assist graduate students by serving on committees, providing instruction in the cultural and biological dimensions of health, and helping students prepare to do research. Applicants should also have ongoing projects and plans for future research that span sub-disciplinary boundaries.

The Department of Anthropology and the University of Alabama value and actively recruit diverse faculty and a diverse student body. The University Strategic Plan places diversity and inclusion among the students, faculty and staff is as a high priority over the next five years. UA is committed to a multicultural environment and strongly encourages applications from minorities, females, veterans and individuals with disabilities.

To apply, go to ( and complete the online application. Upload (1) a letter of application (outlining research interests, plans and relevant experience) including the names of and contact information for three references; (2) a curriculum vitae; (3) examples of manuscripts (for submission as publications) and/or published articles and (4) teaching evaluations (if available). Chair of search committee: Dr. Jason A. DeCaro (, phone: 205-348-9061), Department of Anthropology, Box 870210, University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, AL, 35487-0210. Review of applications will begin November 16, 2017, and will continue until the position is filled. The University of Alabama is an Equal Employment/Equal Educational Opportunity Institution. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, age, genetic information, disability, or protected veteran status, and will not be discriminated against because of their protected status.