Assistant Professor of Anthropology (focusing on Human Response to Climate Risk)

The Department of Anthropology ( at The Pennsylvania State University at University Park, PA, USA, invites applications for a tenure-line Assistant Professor position starting Fall 2023. We seek anthropologists engaged in public-facing scholarship that expands and promotes understanding human responses to climate risk and environmental change. Applications are encouraged from scholars whose research features human ecology/ethnography, visual anthropology, archaeology, biological anthropology, or integrative research among these subdisciplines. Regardless of methodological or regional specialization, their scholarship should feature public engagement and be conducted in collaboration with descendant/stakeholder communities.

Candidates must demonstrate ability for effective teaching at university levels, the potential to obtain external funding, a record of academic outputs, and an innovative and integrative research program involving community engagement. In addition, successful candidates must either have demonstrated a commitment to or envision contributing towards building an inclusive, equitable, and diverse campus community. A Ph.D. in Anthropology or related field must be completed by the time of appointment. Duties will involve a combination of teaching and research, based on the candidate’s qualifications.

Applicants can apply through Penn State’s Job Posting Board and should include three PDFs: 1) a curriculum vitae detailing the candidate’s educational background, employment history, grants, and publications; 2) a maximum five-page statement summarizing the candidate’s research program vision, teaching experience and interests, and how their research, teaching, and/or service relate to a commitment to diversity and inclusion; and 3) the names, addresses, and emails of three references.

Candidates are expected to address how they might integrate with one or more of the following: Social Sciences Research Institute (, Institutes of Energy and the Environment (, Huck Institutes of the Life Sciences (, the Rock Ethics Institute (, and other Penn State interdisciplinary programs such as the Climate Science Dual-Title Ph.D. Program (

Review of applications will begin November 15, 2022.

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