CENTRAL COLLEGE is a residential liberal arts college dedicated to the education of 1,400 undergraduate students. Guided by its ecumenical Christian tradition, the college community engages in vigorous, free, open inquiry in pursuit of academic excellence. Founded in 1853, the college is affiliated with the Reformed Church in America and NCAA Division III athletics. Central is a recognized leader in study abroad as a result of its international residential programs. Central College is located in Pella, Iowa, a thriving community of 10,352 two minutes from the state’s largest lake and 40 minutes southeast of Des Moines. Please visit the college website at www.central.edu.
The primary teaching responsibility for the Frank Moore Endowed Chair in Anthropology is to offer two courses in socio-cultural anthropology to undergraduate students. Geographical and topical areas are open; preference will be given to candidates committed to teaching Culture Theory. Opportunities exist for the establishment of field schools in a variety of contexts such as Central’s study abroad program in Merida, Yucatan. In addition to teaching, all faculty at Central College are expected to participate in the life of the college and to demonstrate an ongoing commitment to professional development.
The Department of Sociology and Anthropology at Central College offers two majors: cultural anthropology and sociology. It is comprised of two full-time anthropologists and three full-time sociologists who interact in an academically stimulating and congenial environment. Although the orientation of the department is the education of the liberal arts students, those majors who have chosen graduate school have achieved considerable success. The department’s approach to teaching encourages critical thinking, lucid writing, and collaborative discussion. Anthropology majors are strongly encouraged to participate in Central College’s study abroad programs so as to gain international experience (http://www.central.edu/abroad/).
This senior level hire at the rank of Professor (or Associate Professor), beginning August 2014, is available to those distinguished faculty members who hold a Ph.D. in Anthropology with a demonstrated track record of teaching excellence and a strong commitment to undergraduate education in a liberal arts context. Candidates will be reviewed for tenure prior to final appointment. Special consideration will be given to candidates interested in collaborative scholarship with undergraduate students.
To apply for this position please click the ‘Apply Now’ button. Review of applications will commence January 13, 2014. Please submit the following materials online:
- a letter of application relating your qualifications to the position and the college
- a curriculum vita
- a list of at least three professional references
- a one-page statement of teaching philosophy
Three confidential letters of reference addressing the candidate's qualifications sent electronically to firstname.lastname@example.org or mailed to: Vice President for Academic Affairs & Dean of the Faculty, Central College, 812 University, Pella, Iowa 50219.