Assistant Professor of Cultural/Medical Anthropology

The Ithaca College Department of Anthropology (located in Ithaca, NY) invites applications for a full-time, tenure-eligible Assistant Professor position in applied cultural/medical anthropology effective August 16, 2020. The successful candidate’s research will focus on human health outcomes in underrepresented populations and be grounded in an ethnographic and mixed-methods approach. This position involves: teaching undergraduate courses in medical anthropology appropriate to the candidate’s expertise and department’s needs, including introductory courses in cultural anthropology and a methods course; supervising undergraduate research/field experiences; conducting and publishing research; advising students; participating in service obligations; and contributing courses in the Integrated Core Curriculum (Ithaca College’s general education program).

Position qualifications include the following: a PhD in Anthropology at time of appointment; a commitment to the creation of an inclusive educational experience; demonstrated teaching effectiveness; an active program of research that will involve undergraduates; and an enthusiasm for working effectively and collegially with faculty, staff, and students. Preference is given to candidates who demonstrate interest in fostering collaborations within the regional community that include undergraduate research opportunities. Preference will also be given to candidates who value the intersections of the subdisciplines of anthropology and demonstrate this in their teaching and/or research and who examine life course development.

Ithaca College is committed to building a diverse academic community and encourages members of underrepresented groups to apply. Experience that contributes to the diversity of the college is appreciated.

Interested applicants must apply online at and attach a curriculum vitae, cover letter, teaching statement (not to exceed two pages), and a list containing the contact information for three professional references. The cover letter should include discussion of the applicant’s relevant work experience, scholarly interests, research agenda, and how these relate to the above position description. The teaching statement should include discussion of teaching experience, effectiveness, and philosophy, including the applicant’s commitment to the creation of an inclusive educational environment. The teaching statement should also address specific plans for including undergraduate students in the applicant’s research. Questions about the online application should be directed to the Office of Human Resources at (607) 274-8000. Screening the applications will begin immediately. To ensure full consideration, applications should be received by October 15, 2019.

The Department of Anthropology is engaged in the study of what it means to be human in evolutionary and cultural perspectives, drawing on the social and natural sciences, humanities, and the creative arts. We seek not just to understand what it means to be human, but to apply our knowledge for the betterment of humanity. Our curriculum includes cultural anthropology, biological anthropology, archaeology, and applied anthropology.

The department values diversity and inclusivity and its mission is: (1) to educate students about the development and diversity of the world’s cultures and biologies, past and present; (2) to teach students the basic theories and methods that underlie anthropological research; (3) to give students practical experience in the use of anthropological knowledge and methods through the pursuit of original ethnographic, archaeological, and/or biological anthropology research, with particular emphasis on applied research; (4) to expose students to contemporary human and cultural issues of significance to their lives and the lives of others; and (5) to impart important skills in critical thinking, writing, research, and analysis that will provide students with the tools to be effective citizens of the global community. The department strives to achieve this mission in the context of a personalized approach to education where faculty members provide small classes, hands-on experiential and cross-disciplinary learning opportunities, and varied possibilities for one-on-one interaction with students.

We welcome different ways of thinking and look for candidates with unique points of view and life experiences. We are inclusive of individuals with a wide range of cultural, personal, and professional backgrounds, talents, and skills. Our campus is a vibrant and rewarding community where diverse minds can learn, succeed, and excel.

When reviewing candidates, we are looking for indicators of a number of core competencies. Prospective candidates must be adaptable, collaborative, inclusive, respectful, responsive, results driven, and sustainable. They must communicate effectively, demonstrate leadership, exhibit professional integrity and ethics, take initiative, value personal and professional development, and show that they will engage in the college.

Nestled in the heart of New York State’s scenic Finger Lakes region, Ithaca College sits atop South Hill overlooking picturesque Cayuga Lake and is just minutes away from the city center. Combining small town warmth and charm with the vibrancy of a college community, the thriving and culturally diverse city of Ithaca has been rated by Kiplinger’s as one of the top 10 places to lives in the United States.

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