Submitted: 6 November 2020
Department: Sociology and Anthropology
Institution: Georgia Southern University
Job type: Tenure-track
Apply by: 4 January 2021
Application email: [email protected]

Assistant Professor of Anthropology— Search #67795 College of Behavioral and Social Sciences, Department of Sociology and Anthropology

The Department of Sociology and Anthropology in the College of Behavioral and Social Sciences invites applications and nominations for the position of Assistant Professor of Anthropology. The home campus for this position will be the Statesboro campus.

Georgia Southern University is a distinctive combination of Southern charm and uncompromising academics. We are a Carnegie Doctoral/R2 institution serving about 26,500 students through nine colleges on three beautiful oak-lined campuses in Statesboro, Savannah, Hinesville, and via a growing online program. Throughout its degree offerings at the associate’s, bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral levels, Georgia Southern cultivates community collaboration, world-class scholarship and hands-on learning opportunities.

Georgia Southern University was founded in 1906 as a school for teaching modern agricultural production techniques and homemaking skills to rural school children. Its Savannah campus was established in 1935 as Armstrong Junior College for local youth who could not afford to attend college away from home. The Liberty Center in Hinesville was established in 1998 to serve the military and their families at nearby Fort Stewart, the largest military base east of the Mississippi. All three locations came together in 2018 when Armstrong State University and Georgia Southern University consolidated. The “new” Georgia Southern University preserves a passion for serving its neighbors while preparing students for lifelong service as scholars, leaders, and responsible stewards of their communities.

Believing that diversity, equity, and inclusion contribute to excellence in the workplace and to the quality of the University’s academic environment, Georgia Southern University is committed to recruiting and retaining diverse faculty and staff to support, promote, and serve a diverse student body and promote Inclusive Excellence. Candidates from historically underrepresented groups, whose work furthers the institution’s Inclusive Excellence goals and who bring to campus varied life experiences, perspectives, and backgrounds are especially encouraged to apply.

Within this setting, we seek an applied Biological Anthropologist to contribute to the four-field focus of our anthropology program. The Department of Sociology and Anthropology is a community of engaged teacher-scholars committed to engaging students with the perspectives of anthropology by providing them with a set of frameworks for understanding and studying the variations and similarities in biology, behaviors, and beliefs of people from around the world. As citizens and students of the world, anthropology majors examine what it means to be a human being across all time, in every place, and with an appropriate sense of cultural relativism that paves the way for intercultural understanding and cooperation. The Assistant Professor of Anthropology will enhance the current offerings and expand the biological anthropology options for our students.

Position Description. Reporting to the department chair, the Assistant Professor of Anthropology will teach four-field introductory anthropology courses, a lower-division course in biological anthropology, and upper division courses relevant to their specialty. The successful candidate will maintain an active research agenda and engage in service to the department, University, community, region, and profession. The standard teaching load for tenure-track and tenured faculty is 3 courses per semester. The position is an academic (9 month), tenure-track appointment, and the salary is competitive and commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Required Qualifications: • Earned Ph.D. in Anthropology or a closely related field, by August 1, 2021, with at least 18 graduate semester hours in anthropology. • The successful candidate will have experience in applied biological anthropology, biological anthropology, forensic anthropology, and/or bioarchaeology. • The successful candidate will have the ability to contribute to required courses in the Anthropology major (including a four-field introduction to anthropology). • Willingness to engage with institutional student success initiatives. • Commitment to engaging with best practice initiatives in instruction and pedagogy, mentoring, and curriculum design and development. • Must be authorized to work in the United States for the duration of employment without assistance from the institution.

Preferred Qualifications: The preferred candidate will • Be active in scholarly activity that brings added perspectives to contemporary discussion of race, class, and gender. • Demonstrate excellence in teaching and scholarly activity. • Demonstrate the ability and/or desire to seek out and procure external funding. • Demonstrate an ability to teach and mentor graduate students.

Screening of applications begins January 4, 2021 and continues until the position is filled. The position starting date is August 1, 2021. To equitably serve a fast growing and highly diverse student body and to fulfill the University’s commitment to promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion, we actively seek candidates with a demonstrated commitment to Pillar 3 of our University Strategic Plan: Inclusive Excellence (

A complete application consists of a letter addressing the qualifications cited above; a curriculum vitae; graduate transcripts; evidence of teaching experience (including sample syllabi); and three letters of reference that include current contact phone numbers. In addition, applicants are required to submit an Inclusive Excellence statement (2 pages). In the Inclusive Excellence statement, applicants should reflect on their experience, vision, and commitment regarding teaching and mentorship of students from diverse backgrounds and discuss past, current, and future contributions to diversity, equity, and inclusion in the areas of research, teaching, service, and outreach, particularly as relevant to the Department of Sociology and Anthropology. Other documentation may be requested. Only complete applications submitted electronically will be considered. Finalists will be required to submit to a background investigation. Applications and nominations should be sent to: Jennifer Sweeney Tookes, Search Chair, Search #67795 Georgia Southern University Electronic mail: [email protected] Telephone: 912-478-5443 More information about the institution is available through or The names of applicants and nominees, vitae, and other non-evaluative information may be subject to public inspection under the Georgia Open Records Act. Georgia Southern University provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, religion, age, veteran status, political affiliation, or disability. Individuals who need reasonable accommodations under the Americans with Disabilities Act to participate in the search process should notify Human Resources at 912-478-6947.

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