Chair of the Department of Sociology and Anthropology

The School of Humanities and Social Sciences (SHSS) at Nazarbayev University invites applications for the inaugural position of Chair of the Department of Sociology and Anthropology to start Fall 2015. The Department currently has nine full-time faculty representing the breadth of both disciplines and participates in the Eurasian Studies M.A. degree program. The Department is housed within the School of Humanities and Social Sciences. SHSS offers six majors and has approximately 600 students. Nazarbayev University is an English-language institution based on best practices drawn from partner higher education institutions in the US, UK and Singapore. The strategic partner for SHSS and the Department is the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Nazarbayev University is located in Astana, the capital of Kazakhstan.
The position requires a Ph.D. in Sociology or Anthropology with an exemplary and ongoing record of research, teaching and service. Applicants should be at the Full or Associate Professor rank, and the position is open in terms of area of specialization. Experience working in joint Sociology-Anthropology programs is preferred. We seek a candidate with demonstrated excellence in graduate and undergraduate teaching, a commitment to active involvement in the life of the Department and the capability of mentoring junior faculty in research and teaching. This is a three-year appointment with the possibility of renewal. The Department will consider shorter appointments based on mutual agreement.
The salary and benefit package are highly competitive. The benefit package includes the following:
• Housing based on family size and rank
• A relocation allowance
• Air tickets to home country, twice per year
• Medical insurance, with global coverage outside the US
• An educational allowance for children

Applicants should submit a cover letter describing your management style and how your interest and previous experience will contribute to the building of the Department and School, a statement of teaching philosophy, curriculum vitae and the names and contact information for three references. Please send applications to: The review will begin on 15 April.