Assistant Professor of Cultural Anthropology

May 14, 2019
Position Type
Tenured & Tenure-Track
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution
Job Title: Assistant Professor of Cultural Anthropology
Location: Columbia
Full/Part Time: Full-Time
Job ID: 27831
Job Description

The Department of Anthropology at the University of Missouri invites applications for a tenure-track appointment at the Assistant Professor rank starting August 2019.

We seek a health-oriented cultural anthropologist engaged in field and/or laboratory research in a present-day population who will contribute to the department’s focus on scientific approaches to the study of human adaptation, ecology, and evolution. Regional and methodological focus is open. Specific topics include, but are not limited to (listed in alphabetical order), addiction, behavioral ecology, chronic or infectious disease epidemiology, cultural practices associated with food preparation and consumption, ecology of human-microbe interactions, environmental and health policy, global health, nutrition and metabolism, and pollution and environmental degradation.


The successful candidate is expected to maintain an externally-funded and active research agenda leading to publication in leading peer-reviewed journals and student research opportunities, to be committed to excellence in teaching at the undergraduate and graduate levels, and to contribute to the university's commitment to diversity, inclusion, and equity. Applicants must have a Ph.D. or equivalent degree in anthropology or a closely related field, conferred by July 2019.

Application Materials

Use the online application and be prepared to upload your CV; a cover letter including the names and contact information for three references; a research statement explaining past, current, and future plans; a teaching statement explaining your philosophy, teaching experiences, and teaching goals; and a statement in which you explain how you plan to contribute to the University’s commitment to inclusion, diversity, and equity. Applicants may contact the Chair of the Department, Lisa Sattenspiel ([email protected]), with any questions about the job duties. Contact Human Resource Services ([email protected]) for any questions about the application process.

Application Deadline

Screening will begin on November 1, 2018 and continue until the position is filled.

Benefit Eligibility

This position is eligible for University benefits. The University offers a comprehensive benefits package, including medical, dental and vision plans, retirement, and educational fee discounts. For additional information on University benefits, please visit the Faculty & Staff Benefits website at

Diversity Commitment

The University of Missouri is fully committed to achieving the goal of a diverse and inclusive academic community of faculty, staff and students. We seek individuals who are committed to this goal and our core campus values of respect, responsibility, discovery and excellence.

Equal Employment Opportunity

Equal Opportunity is and shall be provided for all employees and applicants for employment on the basis of their demonstrated ability and competence without unlawful discrimination on the basis of their race, color, national origin, ancestry, religion, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, disability, protected veteran status, or any other status protected by applicable state or federal law. This policy shall not be interpreted in such a manner as to violate the legal rights of religious organizations or the recruiting rights of military organizations associated with the Armed Forces or the Department of Homeland Security of the United States of America. For more information, call the Vice Chancellor of Human Resource Services/Affirmative Action officer at 573-882-4256.

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Columbia Missouri Information

Columbia, Mo., is known as an ideal college town, combining small-town comforts, community spirit and low cost of living with big-city culture, activities and resources. Home to nationally renowned public schools and other colleges and educational centers, Columbia is packed with restaurants and entertainment venues and hosts more than a dozen annual cultural festivals.