Assistant or Associate Professor of Anthropology

N.B. Review of Applications Begins September 21

The Department of Anthropology in the College of Arts and Sciences at American University invites applications for one full-time, tenure-line position to begin September 1, 2017. We are seeking an anthropologist who focuses on urban contexts and populations. All sub-disciplines of anthropology (e.g., cultural, linguistic, archaeology, medical and biological anthropology) will be considered for this position. Applicants should have a PhD or an anticipated PhD completion by August 2017 in the field of Anthropology. This one position will be filled at either the rank of Assistant or Associate Professor.

We welcome applications from candidates who are at once committed to public engagement in their research and scholarship and whose work is explicit in its use of social theory and rigorous qualitative and/or quantitative research methods. The successful candidate’s research will focus on processes of social and economic marginalization among communities and other social groups, with particular interest in one or more of the following: environmental degradation and ruin; disparities in access to quality public education; poverty, class, and citizenship struggles; public health, disease, and medical crises; and community and state security in the city and suburbia. For this position, we would particularly welcome applicants who have worked on the United States. We will also pay special attention to those who work in Washington D.C. region or elsewhere on the East Coast or those who have conducted other urban research and demonstrate a well-developed research agenda clearly linking previous work to future research in the Washington D.C area and/or broader East Coast region. The successful applicant must demonstrate a strong teaching record, and share the department’s commitment to collaboration among fields within anthropology and across disciplines within the University. In addition to scholarship and teaching, responsibilities will include participation in department, school and university activities. The successful applicant for Assistant Professor will demonstrate the potential for external research funding. The successful applicant for Associate Professor will demonstrate that they have already received significant external funding for their research.

Candidates should apply for either Assistant Professor or Associate Professor rank. In the case of Associate Professor rank, the appointee to this position may be recommended for tenure at the time of hiring, depending on their qualifications.

Salary and benefits are competitive. Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled, subject to on-going budgetary approval. Please submit applications via: Include a letter of application, curriculum vitae, recent teaching evaluations (when possible), copies of recent published papers or working papers, and the names of three persons willing to provide letters of recommendation. Please contact Jean Wogaman, Senior Administrative Assistant, 202-885-1838 or if you have any questions.

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