Submitted: 29 October 2019
Department: Anthropology/Institute for Social Science Research
Institution: University of Alabama
Job type: Tenure-track
Apply by: 4 November 2019
Application URL:

The Department of Anthropology and the Institute for Social Science Research (ISSR) of The University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa invite applications for a full-time, Associate or Full Professor position in medical and/or psychological anthropology beginning Fall 2020. Topical and geographic specialization are open, though the applicant should complement existing specialties in Anthropology and ISSR and be well-versed in quantitative and qualitative research methods. The successful applicant will have research skills and interests that contribute directly to Anthropology’s undergraduate and graduate programs and ISSR’s role in grant writing and social science research design and implementation across the University. Particular emphasis in Anthropology will be placed in complementing the Ph.D. program and its focus on biocultural medical anthropology. The proposed faculty member will have teaching responsibilities that may include our undergraduate introductory courses in cultural or biological anthropology; other specific core undergraduate and graduate level classes in medical, biocultural, or psychological anthropology; and courses of their own development. Ph.D. is required. 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 four-field approach to the BA, MA, and PhD degrees, emphasizing two areas of specialization that crosscut sub-disciplines: biocultural medical anthropology (broadly construed to encompass physical, sociocultural, and/or psychological wellbeing and functioning) and the archaeology of complex societies in the Americas. The successful candidate will be able to assist graduate students by chairing and serving on committees, providing instruction that prepares them to work across disciplinary boundaries, and helping them prepare to do original research. Applicants should also have ongoing projects and plans for future research that complement or build on Department strengths. Information about the Department is available at

The Institute for Social Science Research is an interdisciplinary research department within the College of Arts and Sciences. Its mission to promote and conduct social and behavioral research at The University of Alabama is carried out through collaborative interdisciplinary research and undergraduate and graduate research training. The successful candidate will join other ISSR researchers in conducting funded research, building collaborative relationships with researchers throughout the University, developing grant and contract proposals, and supervising undergraduate and graduate students in research. The individual will hold a joint appointment in ISSR and Anthropology, participating fully in both departments. A history of substantial external research funding and publications is required. Experience with interdisciplinary and collaborative research is highly desirable. Information about ISSR is available at

The Department of Anthropology, ISSR, 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 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 and contact information of three references; (2) a curriculum vitae that includes evidence of grant funding; (3) examples of published articles; and (4) teaching evaluations. The chair of search committee can be contacted for additional information: Dr. Christopher Lynn ([email protected], phone: 205-348-4162), Department of Anthropology, Box 870210, University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, AL, 35487-0210. Review of applications will begin November 4, 2019 and continue until the position is filled.

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