Assistant Professor

Baylor University seeks to fill the position of Assistant Professor (tenure-track) of Anthropology within the College of Arts & Sciences. This position is open to applicants with research and teaching interests in medical anthropology, biomedical anthropology, molecular anthropology, applied anthropology, environmental anthropology, and related areas. Specific topics might include, but are certainly not limited to (listed alphabetically with no ranking): aging/senescence, behavioral ecology, bioethics, bioinformatics and big dataset analyses, child/maternal/family health, chronic or infectious disease epidemiology, developmental origins of disease, diet and food, climate/environmental change, ethnomedicine, environmental crisis mitigation, environmental policy, environmental program evaluation, evolutionary medicine, genetics and epigenetics, geographic information systems, global health issues, health communication, health disparities, health program evaluation, health system/hospital ethnography, human biology, human-environment interactions, international health policy, medical missionary work, medical pluralism and complementary/alternative/traditional healing systems, medicalization and pharmaceutical development, mental health and cross-cultural psychiatry, microbiome analyses, migration and refugee studies, nonhuman models of human disease, palaeopathology, reproductive ecology, social demography, social network modelling, spirituality/religiosity and health, structural violence and access to healthcare, qualitative methods, vaccine studies/compliance, and water and food security.

The new faculty member will join a growing department with interest in applied perspectives on the anthropology of health, broadly conceived. Interest in supporting the development of a new PhD program (in the Anthropology of Health) is required, and skills appropriate for training graduates for non-academic jobs are preferred. Faculty members are required to contribute to teaching, research, and service. Expectations for an active research agenda include publishing and granting, as well as involving students, as appropriate.

The Department of Anthropology values diversity and is especially interested in candidates who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of our academic community through research, teaching, and service. We also accept the American Association of Physical Anthropologists’ Code of Ethics, the Society for Applied Anthropology’s Statement of Ethics and Professional Responsibilities, and the American Association of University Professors’ Sexual Harassment Policy. We pledge to respect each other, our students, and the people, animals, and places we study.

Candidates should possess an earned doctorate in the appropriate field of study. Applications should be emailed to Dr. Michael Muehlenbein ( with a single PDF file containing the following information: a letter of application (explaining your qualifications, current and future research plans, and teaching experience and philosophy), current curriculum vitae, transcripts, and the names, email addresses, and phone numbers of three individuals from whom letters of recommendation have been requested. Applications will be reviewed immediately, and will be accepted until the position is filled. Finalists for this position will be required to submit official doctoral transcripts in advance of a campus visit. Employment is contingent upon the successful completion of a background check, and salary is commensurate with experience and qualifications.

To learn more about this position, the Department of Anthropology, and the College of Arts & Sciences at Baylor University, please visit these links:,, and Please contact Dr. Michael Muehlenbein ( with any questions.

Baylor University is a private Christian university and a nationally ranked research institution, consistently listed with highest honors among The Chronicle of Higher Education’s “Great Colleges to Work For.” The University is recruiting new faculty with a deep commitment to excellence in teaching, research and scholarship. Baylor seeks faculty who share in our aspiration to become a tier one research institution while strengthening our distinctive Christian mission as described in our strategic vision Pro Futuris (, and academic strategic plan Illuminate ( As the world’s largest Baptist University, Baylor offers over 40 doctoral programs and has more than 17,000 students from all 50 states and more than 85 countries.

As an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer, Baylor is committed to compliance with all applicable anti-discrimination laws, including those regarding age, race, color, sex, national origin, marital status, pregnancy status, military service, genetic information, and disability. As a religious educational institution, Baylor is lawfully permitted to consider an applicant’s religion as a selection criterion. Baylor encourages women, minorities, veterans, and individuals with disabilities to apply.