Submitted: 16 June 2022
Department: Anthropology
Institution: Baylor University
Job type: Tenure-track
Apply by: 30 September 2022
Application URL: https://apply.interfolio.com/106383

Description The Department of Anthropology within the College of Arts & Sciences at Baylor University is accepting applications for an assistant (tenure-track) OR associate (tenured or tenure-track) professor. This position is open to applicants with research and teaching interests in human health (broadly conceived). Preferred research areas include but are certainly not limited to global health, evolutionary medicine, human biology, health disparities/inequalities, medical anthropology, psychological anthropology/mental health, biomedical anthropology, biocultural anthropology, molecular anthropology, public health, environmental health, health of indigenous and pre-historic populations. Applicants whose research have transdisciplinary foci and applied relevance are preferred.

The new faculty member will join a growing department with interest in applied perspectives on the anthropology of health, broadly conceived. Interest in contributing to the new, unique PhD program (in the Anthropology of Health) is required, and skills appropriate for training graduates for applied work 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. Start-up packages are available, and the standard teaching load is two courses per semester (although this depends on research activity). The Graduate School also generously supports research assistantships for new or transferring doctoral students associated with this position. Those applying for the associate level should demonstrate appropriate advanced experience.

Located in Waco, Texas, Baylor University is the oldest college in Texas. With a population of 21,000 students, Baylor is one of the top universities in the nation, having just been named an R1 institution by the Carnegie Classification in 2022. Baylor is also on the honor roll of the "Great Colleges to Work For" from The Chronicle of Higher Education; Baylor offers competitive salaries and benefits while giving faculty and staff the chance to live in one of the fastest-growing parts of the state. Our strategic plan, Illuminate, guides the University as we continue to live up to Baylor's mission of educating men and women for worldwide leadership and service by integrating academic excellence and Christian commitment within a caring community.

Qualifications Our current faculty members all contribute somehow to the health initiative (including Environmental Determinants, Biomedical Research, Family and Community Determinants, Health Policy, and Medical Education) of Baylor’s strategic plan “Illuminate” (https://illuminate.web.baylor.edu/) in addition to the initiatives in Human Flourishing and Latin America. We aim to continue this trend.

Given the general topic of the anthropology of health, we anticipate recruiting someone capable of teaching courses that would be cross-listed in other departments like Biology, Environmental Science, Medical Humanities, and Psychology and Neuroscience, among others. Successful applicants would likely have secondary appointments in other departments (Anthropology is considered a STEM discipline at Baylor).

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 Biological Anthropologists' Code of Ethics, the American Anthropological Association’s Statement on 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.

Application Instructions Applications will be reviewed on a continual basis. To ensure full consideration, complete applications should be submitted by 9/30/2022. The following materials should be uploaded into Interfolio: cover letter (explaining qualifications, current and future research plans, and teaching experience and philosophy), current curriculum vitae, transcript of highest degree earned (or if PhD is in progress, a copy of transcript showing completed PhD hours; unofficial transcripts are acceptable for now), and the contact information (names, email addresses, and phone numbers) for three potential references (referees will be contacted by the search committee separately). Finalists for the position will be required to submit official doctoral transcripts in advance of a campus visit. Employment will be contingent upon the successful completion of a background check. The candidate should possess an earned doctorate (at the time of appointment) in an appropriate field of study; doctoral candidates capable of finishing their PhD before August 15 will also be considered in this search.

To learn more about the above position, the Department of Anthropology, the College of Arts and Sciences, and Baylor University, please visit www.baylor.edu/anthropology/. Please contact Dr. Michael Muehlenbein ([email protected]) with any questions.

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