Tenured Professor and Chair of Anthropology – Open Subfield

The Department of Anthropology at the University of California, Riverside, invites applications for a tenured faculty position at the rank of Professor who will also serve as Department Chair. The successful candidate will have demonstrated higher education leadership experience and a vision to position the department at the forefront of educational attainment and world-class research in the College of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences (CHASS) and across UCR-wide initiatives relating to interdisciplinary teaching and learning.

We seek applications from broadly trained anthropologists whose teaching and research interests build upon and complement that of the department. Research focus may include living or past populations, including the intersecting social, material, and biological aspects of human life. The candidate will join our diverse and dynamic faculty whose research attends to core issues in anthropology, including power, ideology, gender, antiblackness, social and health inequities, human ecologies, urbanism, and transnationalism. We are particularly interested in hiring a colleague with leadership experience who is dedicated to creating research opportunities for undergraduate students and mentoring our increasingly international graduate students.

This search is part of our departmental commitment to transforming anthropology through research, rigorous academic teaching, training, and public service to promote cultural understanding and social, racial, and environmental justice, while empowering our students to change the world. We value community-driven and activist research to generate theoretical innovation and address local and global inequities. We pursue efforts to decolonize our research and curriculum and create a vibrant and welcoming intellectual community to build an anthropology for liberation. The department supports the ample opportunities for innovative collaborations across our vibrant campus, including with the newly established Department of Black Study and the Department of Society, Environment and Health Equity, as well as academic programs in Art, History, Environmental Sciences, Earth and Planetary Sciences, Southeast Asian Studies, and the School of Medicine, among others.

Complete applications will include a current CV, a cover letter of interest describing research portfolio, leadership experience, and vision as Chair, a statement on past and potential contributions to diversity, copies of up to three publications, evidence of teaching excellence and of graduate and undergraduate mentoring, and the names and contact information for at least three references. A Ph.D. in Anthropology or a related field is required at the time of application; subfields and areas of research expertise are open. Review of applications will begin February 1, 2024, and continue until the position is filled. Applications submitted by February 1 will receive full consideration.

The initial period of appointment as Chair is at least three years, with the possibility for renewal as Chair after review and determination of satisfactory performance. The Professor appointment should begin no later than July 1, 2025 with the Chair appointment commencing on July 1 2025. The professorial salary will be competitive and commensurate with experience; additional compensation for term as chair follows a standard schedule (https://chass.ucr.edu/chairs-and-directors/chair-compensation). Underrepresented scholars are particularly encouraged to apply.

The University of California values salary transparency and reports salaries annually in the UC Annual Wage Database. The posted UC salary scales set the minimum pay determined by rank and/or step at appointment. See Table(s) https://www.ucop.edu/academic-personnel-programs/_files/2023-24/oct-2023-acad-salary-scales/t1.pdf. The salary range for this position is $108,300 -$197,100. “Off-scale salaries” and other components of pay, i.e., a salary that is higher than the published system-wide salary at the designated rank and step, are offered when necessary to meet competitive conditions.

UCR has had major successes in our commitment to recruiting faculty from diverse backgrounds. Across CHASS, applicants will find a strong group of faculty that share concerns with race, class, gender, and age dynamics. Advancement through the faculty ranks at the University of California is through a series of structured, merit-based evaluations, occurring every 2-3 years, each of which includes substantial peer input.

Established in 1954, the UCR campus today has a fast-growing population of over 26,000 students, is the most diverse undergraduate student body in the UC system, and is one of the most diverse campuses in the nation. Located fifty miles east of Los Angeles, the campus lies in the heart of over twenty Native American communities, including the Tongva, Cahuilla, Serrano and Payómkawichum Nations and the largest urban Native American population in the U.S.

Riverside is situated in an historic citrus growing area surrounded by mountain ranges; it is about an hour away from ski slopes, surfing, or hiking in mountain or desert environments. The campus is ideally located to build collaborations with other universities, research institutes, and community-based organizations throughout Southern California.

Please contact search Chair Professor Travis Stanton at travis.stanton@ucr.edu with questions.

Department: http://anthropology.ucr.edu