Submitted: 20 May 2021
Department: Sociology & Anthropology
Institution: University of Rhode Island
Job type: Postdoc
Apply by: 14 June 2021
Application URL:

The Department of Sociology and Anthropology at the University of Rhode Island seeks to hire a Distinguished Multicultural Postdoctoral Fellow for the Academic Year 2021-2022. Subject to a favorable review of teaching and scholarly activities within the first twelve months, the fellow will transition into a full-time, funded, tenure-track position at the level of Assistant Professor at the end of the first year. We seek to hire an anthropologist who studies the Indigenous peoples of the Americas. Region, anthropological subfield, and time period are open.

This position is part of a Social Science Diversity & Justice cluster hire and a larger set of coordinated diversity and inclusion initiatives sponsored by the Provost’s office ( We aim to hire a cohort of scholar-teachers that excel in academic and/or public scholarship and to facilitate mentorship and professional development towards a tenure-track position. We view mentorship as a multidimensional and reciprocal process. For more information on the cluster hire, please visit:

We seek applicants who are committed to the University of Rhode Island’s mission as a learner-centered research university where diversity, fairness, and respect are valued. The ideal candidate would be adept at engaging and supporting students from a variety of backgrounds. We strongly encourage applications from individuals who are under-represented across race, color, religion, national origin, sex, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or any other legally protected basis.

The postdoctoral fellow would be expected to teach courses in the Indigenous peoples of the Americas, advance their research agenda and contribute to department, college, and university service. The teaching load during the year of this fellowship is 1:1. The fellow would have opportunities to collaborate with the Tomaquag Museum, Rhode Island’s only Indigenous museum, expected to open in a new home on the URI campus in 2023.

APPLICATION DEADLINE: The search will remain open until the position has been filled. First consideration will be given to applications received by June 14, 2021. Second consideration may be given to applications received by June 30, 2021. Applications received subsequent to second consideration date (June 30, 2021) may not be given full consideration.

Visit the URI jobs website at to apply and view complete details for posting (SF01051). Please attach the following 5 (PDF) documents to your online Faculty Employment Application: (#1) Letter of application that describes your qualifications and interest in the position, (#2) Curriculum Vitae that includes the names and contact information of three references, (#3) a brief teaching portfolio (e.g., 1 page teaching philosophy, sample syllabi of a course you would teach, and teaching evaluations, if available), (#4) 1-page statement detailing how your teaching, service and/or scholarship will support the success of students by embodying the values of Justice, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion, and (#5) a sample of your scholarly work of no more than 30 pages.


The University of Rhode Island is an AA/EEOD employer. Women, persons of color, protected veterans, individuals with disabilities, and members of other protected groups are encouraged to apply

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