Submitted: 4 January 2024
Department: Anthropology
Institution: Washington State University
Job type: Tenure-track
Apply by: 10 January 2024
Application URL:

The Department of Anthropology at Washington State University (WSU) invites applications for a permanent, full-time, nine-month, tenure-track Assistant Professor position in Pullman, WA. We seek to hire a medical anthropologist grounded in biocultural approaches, and methods; regional focus is open. It is anticipated that the successful candidate will begin the appointment on August 16, 2024.

Given the needs of the department, institution, and its constituencies, the workload of this position is approximately 40% teaching, 40% research, and 20% service. The research profile for our ideal candidate is a scholar with:

Research focusing on cultural aspects of human health and well-being in a biocultural framework

Commitment to innovative and systematic mixed-methods research with demonstrated strength in qualitative approaches

Research with demonstrated or clear potential real-world applications

Ability to obtain external research funding

Commitment to collaborations with communities and interdisciplinary teams

A research program that lends itself to student collaborations

Research and related teaching that complements or extends current departmental strengths

WSU is committed to building a diverse, equitable, and inclusive university community. Towards continually strengthening this commitment, we seek candidates whose research, teaching, and/or service has prepared them to be an integral contributor to the continued advancement of inclusion, diversity, equity, and access here at WSU.

Summary of Duties:

Responsibilities include:

(1) teaching undergraduate and graduate courses in cultural and biocultural anthropology.

(2) maintaining an active program of health-related scholarship in a biocultural framework.

(3) engaging in collaborative work within and beyond the discipline, including with communities

(4) recruiting, advising and mentoring diverse graduate and undergraduate students, including recruiting and retaining students from systematically excluded, historically underserved, and/or minoritized groups.

(5) providing service to the department, institution, and profession, including outreach to broader communities.

Required Qualifications:

Earned doctorate in anthropology or an appropriate, related discipline by the beginning of the appointment.

An active, collaborative, health-oriented research program.

A commitment to an ongoing and sustained research program with a health focus in living populations.

A commitment to innovative and systematic mixed-methods research.

Research with demonstrated or clear potential real-world applications.

Demonstrated record of or potential to achieve a record of research accomplishment.

Demonstrated record of or potential to establish and maintain an externally funded research program.

Demonstrated record of or potential to successfully teach and mentor students at the graduate and undergraduate levels.

Demonstrated ability and/or potential to support, mentor, and educate individuals identifying with systematically excluded, historically underserved and/or minoritized groups and to contribute to WSU’s diversity, equity, and inclusion goals in research, teaching, mentoring, and/or service (

About WSU, Pullman, the College of Arts and Sciences, and the Department of Anthropology:

Washington State University is a land grant, multiple-campus, Research 1 institution. This position will serve on the Pullman campus, which has an enrollment of around 20,000 students and is located in southeastern Washington on the homelands of the Nimíipuu (Nez Perce) Tribe and Palus people. Located 80 miles south of metropolitan Spokane, Pullman is also a quick drive away from the scenic Idaho panhandle and Moscow Mountain. The rolling hills of the Palouse offer a wide range of activities and a true four-season climate. The area provides ample opportunity to enjoy the cultural and academic hub of both Washington State University and the University of Idaho, in the neighboring town of Moscow, Idaho. For more information about the region, please see

Encompassing more than 30 departments, schools, and research institutes on five campuses statewide, the College of Arts & Sciences is the heart of WSU. Together our 730+ faculty and staff deliver more than 50% of WSU’s total undergraduate and graduate instruction, including the vast majority of WSU’s core curriculum. We also drive wide interdisciplinary research in public and community health, environmental change, equity and social justice, and data and technology at the boundaries. As Arts & Sciences celebrates its 10th anniversary as a unified college, we seek to lead a reimagining of WSU’s land-grant mission for the 21st century, expanding the boundaries of creativity and discovery while simultaneously recognizing more completely our obligations to Native and Indigenous peoples. For more about the College of Arts & Sciences at WSU, please see

The Department of Anthropology is an academic unit located in the College of Arts and Sciences. Anthropology’s 22 faculty conduct research, support courses and mentorship, and provide service at WSU’s campuses in Pullman, Vancouver, and the Tri-Cities. The department offers the BA at WSU’s Pullman and Vancouver campuses, and to its Global campus, and teaches courses in support of a minor and certificate in American Indian Studies. Partnering with the School of Biological Sciences, we also offer a BA in Human Biology at Pullman and Vancouver. With faculty specialties and graduate degree tracks in cultural anthropology, evolutionary anthropology and archaeology, the department offers the M.A. and Ph.D. in anthropology in each of these areas of emphasis, supporting a graduate program with approximately fifty students. For more about the Department of Anthropology, its faculty, graduate students and programs, please see

WSU acknowledges that its locations statewide are on the homelands of Native American peoples, who have lived in this region and have been caretakers of the land from time immemorial. The Morrill Act of 1862 established our land-grant institution by providing public and federal lands that are traced back to the disposition of Indigenous lands, often taken by coercive and violent acts, and the disregard of treaties. For that, we extend our deepest apologies. We owe our deepest gratitude to the Native peoples of this region and maintain our commitment towards reconciliation. And as a land-grant institution, WSU is deeply committed to the land-grant mission, its Memorandums of Understanding with Native tribes in the region, and a tradition of service to society. To read the full WSU land acknowledgement, please see

Additional Information:

Area/College: College of Arts and Sciences Department Name: Department of Anthropology City, State, Zip: Pullman, WA 99164 Department Link: Department of Anthropology Homepage Annual Salary: $70,000 - $77,000 per nine-month academic year | In accordance with RCW 49.58.110, the above salary reflects the full salary range for this position. Individual placement within the range is based on the candidate’s current experience, education, skills, and abilities related to the position. WSU offers a comprehensive benefits package which includes paid sick and vacation leave; paid holidays; medical, dental, life and disability insurance package for employees and dependents; retirement; deferred compensation and optional supplemental retirement accounts. For a more detailed summary of benefits offered by WSU for Faculty please review the summary of benefits for WSU Faculty and Total Compensation

FTE: 100%

This is a permanent, tenure track position. Posting Close Date: This recruitment has been extended to close on Wednesday, January 10th, 2023 at 11:59 P.M. Screening has begun and will remain ongoing until the vacancy has been filled. Background Check: This position has been designated by the department to require a background check because it requires access to children or vulnerable adults as defined by RCW 74.34, engages in law enforcement, requires security clearance, interacts with WSU students in a counseling or advising capacity, has access to personal identifying and/or financial information, unsupervised access to university buildings/property, or other business-related need. A background check will not be completed until an initial determination of qualification for employment has been made.

Application Instructions: Applicants must upload the following required documents to their online application. External candidates, please upload all documents in the “Resume/CV” section of your application. Internal candidates, please upload all documents in the “Resume/Cover Letter” section of your application. Documents may be submitted in one file or separate files. Applicants are encouraged to upload as a PDF if possible. Applicants will be requested to provide contact information for professional references who can evaluate your history of and potential for excellence in research; teaching; and service (letters will be requested at a later time) within the online application. Application materials should clearly communicate how the applicant meets all required qualifications and additional requirements. Required Documents:

A cover letter addressing how your experience, training and approach meet the qualifications for this position. In this letter, please also include names, addresses, and contact information of at least three references who can evaluate your history of and potential for excellence in research; teaching; and service (letters will be requested at a later time).

Curriculum vitae

Teaching and Mentoring Statement. Detail teaching and mentoring experience and strategies, including experience or training relevant to teaching among and/or about diverse perspectives and backgrounds. Discuss experience with and/or methods of mentoring advisees.

Research/Scholarship Statement. Describe your health-oriented research experience and your proposed research program at WSU. Address how your research engages with communities, interdisciplinary researchers, and real-world applications.

Contributions to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Statement. Address past activities as well as future plans to advance diversity, equity, and inclusion through research, teaching, professional activity, outreach and/or service.

For information regarding this position, inquiries should be directed to Search Committee Chair Dr. Robert Quinlan at [email protected].

WASHINGTON STATE UNIVERSITY IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY/AFFIRMATIVE ACTION EDUCATOR AND EMPLOYER. Members of ethnic minorities, women, special disabled veterans, veterans of the Vietnam-era, recently separated veterans, and other protected veteran, persons of disability and/or persons age 40 and over are encouraged to apply.

WSU employs only U.S. citizens and lawfully authorized non-U.S. citizens. All new employees must show employment eligibility verification as required by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.

WSU is committed to providing access and reasonable accommodation in its services, programs, activities, education and employment for individuals with disabilities. To request disability accommodation in the application process, contact Human Resource Services: 509-335-4521 (v), Washington State TDD Relay Service: Voice Callers: 1-800-833-6384; TDD Callers: 1-800-833-6388, 509-335-1259(f), or [email protected].

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