Submitted: 28 June 2023
Department: Anthropology
Institution: Baylor University
Job type: Tenure-track
Apply by: 15 September 2023
Application URL:

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 untenured) professor. This position is open to applicants with research and teaching interests in human health. 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, and related disciplines. 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 human health (from individual to planetary), with a new PhD program in the Anthropology of Health. Our current faculty contribute to the health initiative of Baylor’s strategic plan “Illuminate” (including Environmental Determinants, Biomedical Research, Family and Community Determinants, Health Policy, and Medical Education) in addition to the university’s initiatives in Human Flourishing and Latin America ( Applicants interested in teaching courses like Introduction to Global Health and Medical Anthropology are preferred, although this should not discourage qualified applicants working in any aspect of human health.

The Department of Anthropology is a welcoming community that 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.

Candidates should possess an earned doctorate in Anthropology or related field by the time of appointment, and will be expected to contribute to the department and university through teaching, research, and service. Candidates should demonstrate evidence of the potential to generate extramural funding commensurate with their career stage; successful candidates will be expected to develop and maintain an externally-funded program of research and contribute to our doctoral program. Candidates applying for the associate level should demonstrate appropriately advanced experience and accomplishments.

Applications should be submitted by September 15, 2023. 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.

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

Located in Waco, Texas, Baylor University is the oldest college in Texas. With a population of around 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. 

Baylor University is a private not-for-profit university affiliated with the Baptist General Convention of Texas. As an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer, Baylor is committed to compliance with all applicable anti-discrimination laws, including those regarding age, race, color, sex, national origin, military service, genetic information, and disability. Baylor’s commitment to equal opportunity and respect of others does not undermine the validity and effect of the constitutional and statutory protections for its religious liberty, including, without limitation, the religious organization exemption under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the religious exemption to Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, and the Free Exercise Clause of the First Amendment to the United States Constitution, among others. Baylor encourages women, minorities, veterans, and individuals with disabilities to apply.

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