Michigan State University, Anthropology Assistant Professor (Fixed Term), Medical and Cultural Anthropology

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Assistant Professor, Fixed-Term, Academic-Year

The Department of Anthropology at Michigan State University invites applications for a one- year position in medical and cultural anthropology (with the potential for renewal). Areas of specialization are open, although we are particularly interested in candidates with an active research program which focuses on the health of Indigenous peoples, gender, and critical analysis of health inequity within larger political, social, and cultural contexts. The successful candidate for this position will teach introductory, intermediate, and advanced courses; and some service to the program is expected. Compelling evidence of scholarly activity and teaching effectiveness is required.

A Ph.D. in anthropology is required by date of appointment. Women, minorities, and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.  Complete applications will include an application letter including names of three references, CV, sample syllabi and teaching evaluations, and up to three publications or manuscripts. Electronic submission is required and materials should be uploaded at the MSU website at The closing date for applications is April 1, 2014, or until the position is filled. Questions regarding this position can be addressed to the Search Committee Chair, Dr. Heather Howard at

Michigan State University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. MSU is committed to achieving excellence through a diverse workforce and inclusive culture that encourages all people to reach their full potential. The University actively encourages applications and/or nominations of women, persons of color, veterans and persons with disabilities.


Contact:  Search Committee Chair, Dr. Heather Howard at
Primary Category: Anthropology
Secondary Categories: Health and Health Care
Human Rights
Native American History / Studies
Social Sciences
Women, Gender, and Sexuality
Posting Date: 03/11/2014
Closing Date 06/11/2014

UAA Tenure track position – ANTH and AKNS

Posted on Department of Anthropology and the program of Alaska Native Studies at the University of Alaska Anchorage (UAA) invite applications for a joint tenure-track assistant professor position in anthropology with demonstrated expertise in Alaska Native and Indigenous Studies, beginning August 2014. If granted, tenure would reside in the Anthropology Department.

The Alaska Native Studies program was established in 1993, and currently offers a minor. The successful candidate will have the opportunity to participate in design of a potentially new degree program in Alaska Native Studies, and contribute to the development of new courses for both departments, particularly as the program of Alaska Native Studies is hoping to expand its offerings. Candidates are invited to address their experience or goals in curriculum development in their cover letters.

Anchorage is the major urban center in Alaska. The statewide population of Alaska Natives is approximately 16% of the state’s population. The numbers of Alaska Native students is approximately 26% of the state’s public school population. Anchorage is the headquarters of many indigenous organizations such as the Alaska Federation of Natives and the Alaska Inter-tribal Council and numerous state and federal agencies affording abundant opportunities for developing a range of partnerships. The Department seeks a candidate dedicated to equity and diversity of the campus community and to promoting an environment that increases student knowledge about indigenous communities.

The Alaska Native Studies program currently features several areas of emphasis, including Alaska Native languages, Alaska Native public policy, and the arts. UAA’s Alaska Native Studies language courses currently have the highest enrollments of any of the three University of Alaska campuses. The seven-member Anthropology Department takes a four-field approach to anthropology, with a research focus on Alaska and the Far North. There are approximately eighty undergraduate Anthropology majors pursuing bachelor’s degrees, and over thirty Anthropology graduate students in our master’s program that specializes in applied anthropology. Alaska Native Studies averages fifty minors every year. Both the Anthropology department and the Alaska Native Studies program additionally contribute to UAA’s strategic plan of building student success with special attention to serving Alaska Natives, other under-represented populations, and first-generation college students; building on the University’s diversity with emphasis on Alaska Natives. Both academic units have offered statewide and international conferences geared to meet these needs.

UAA is Alaska’s largest post-secondary institution. Located in the heart of Alaska’s largest city, the campus is nestled in the middle of a greenbelt, surrounded by lakes, ponds, and wildlife, and is connected to a city-wide trail system that is perfect for active lifestyles. UAA is an open access university with academic programs leading to occupational endorsements; undergraduate and graduate certificates; and associate, baccalaureate, and graduate degrees in a rich, diverse, and inclusive environment.

More information about the department and the university is available at, or contact Dr. Phyllis Fast at; or at 907-786-6452.

Knowledge, skills and abilities required for this position. Teaching and research capacities appropriate for tenure track assistant professor university faculty. The successful candidate must have interdisciplinary research interests in a broad range of cultural topics, including, but not limited to, indigenous ethnography, indigenous languages, performance theory and representation, music, anthropology of art and the anthropology of spirituality/religion.Candidates should demonstrate knowledge, scholarly and research interests, and the ability to stimulate and encourage student interest in the lives of indigenous northern Native Americans; successful project development and fund acquisition and the ability to stimulate and encourage student interest in cultural anthropological research areas. Candidates are evaluated on their ability to teach undergraduate and graduate courses, some of which combine graduates with advanced undergraduates, as well as to mentor and advise students.

The successful candidate should be a talented and devoted teacher with a record of excellence in or potential for a significant program of academic scholarship and research in indigenous peoples in northern North America. The successful candidate should be able to work collaboratively with multiple organizations and individuals who are conducting research in Alaska of an interdisciplinary nature.

The successful candidate should have the ability to work cooperatively with faculty, administrators, public officials, and the public; demonstrate excellent writing, materials development, and public speaking skills; demonstrate the ability or potential to represent the department, program and the university; and the ability or potential to acquire funding from external sources.

Typical education or training required for this position (including licenses). Ph.D. in Anthropology or closely related field is required. ABD at time of application will be considered, with all remaining requirements for the Ph.D. to be completed by August 1, 2014.As a condition of employment, the successful candidate must provide official transcripts documenting academic credentials required for the position.
Length of time and type of experience required for this position. Length of time and type of experience in teaching at a university and in conducting cultural anthropological research in the identified areas required for this position should be appropriate to the rank of tenure track assistant professor.
Special Instructions to Applicants Please attach the following electronically:1) Cover letter specifying your interest in this position.

2) Curriculum vitae

3) Names, e-mail addresses, and telephone numbers of at least three professional references

4) Statement of philosophy of teaching (Philosophy Statement attachment)

5) Statement of research interests (Research Document attachment)

Please attach or mail the following required documents to:

Dr. Phyllis Fast, Chair of Search Committee

Department of Anthropology

University of Alaska Anchorage

3211 Providence Drive

Anchorage, AK 99508

1) Unofficial transcripts (applicants reaching the final interview stage will be required to send official transcripts)

2) Evidence of teaching ability, including evaluations of teaching if available (Supplemental Document 1)

3) Writing sample (Supplemental Document 2)

Special Conditions of Employment
Describe any other special skills/knowledge required for this position (e.g. additional training, heavy lifting or traveling). Demonstrated experience or potential in developing both traditional and distance course materials.
Information Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action: The University of Alaska is an equal employment opportunity/affirmative action employer and educational institution. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply. Applicants needing reasonable accommodation to participate in the application and screening process should contact the local Human Resources office.