Assistant Professor of Cultural Anthropology

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Job TitleAssistant Professor of Cultural AnthropologyBeginsAugust 2020About the College

Spelman College seeks teacher/scholars dedicated to excellence in teaching and to the continued enhancement of the academic environment for students and colleagues. Founded in 1881, Spelman College is a private four-year liberal arts college located in Atlanta, GA. The oldest historically Black college for women in the United States, Spelman is a member of the Atlanta University Center Consortium and Atlanta Regional Consortium for Higher Education. All tenure-track candidates are expected to have a demonstrated interest in liberal arts and sciences education, contribute effectively to undergraduate teaching, assist in curriculum development, provide service to the department and College, as well as be active in scholarly, creative, and/or research productivity appropriate to a liberal arts environment.

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The Department of Sociology and Anthropology at Spelman College invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor position in Cultural Anthropology to begin in August 2020. We are seeking a cultural anthropologist who specializes in Food Studies. We are seeking a candidate whose scholarship and teaching reflects an intersectional methodological and theoretical lens. A geographical specialization in the United States is preferred. Sub-areas of specialization that are of interest may include (but are not limited to): medical anthropology, global public health, consumption, sustainability, nutrition, food security, food access, food systems, and food policy. Spelman College is a teaching-intensive institution with a teaching load of three courses per semester. We are seeking a colleague who can teach core courses in Anthropology such as Ethnographic Methods and Introduction to Cultural Anthropology, as well as Food and Culture, Food and the City, Medical Anthropology, and other anthropology elective courses in their area of specialization that contribute to our department’s course offerings. The candidate will also be expected to serve as a reader on students’ Senior Theses, which is a capstone requirement for all majors.

The person who assumes this position will be expected to engage with other faculty on community-based research and projects in Food Studies and serve as the co-director of the Food Studies program and minor ( The ideal candidate should be willing to work closely with students at a liberal arts college and possess a demonstrated interest and/or experience with interdisciplinary problem-posing that is grounded in the discipline of anthropology. We strongly encourage applications from candidates who have experience teaching and mentoring a diverse student body. Candidates should describe in their cover letter how their teaching would contribute to the Sociology and Anthropology Department.


Persons currently holding a Ph.D. in Anthropology are preferred. “ABD” candidates in Anthropology will be considered as long as the degree will be conferred by the time of hire. Previous experience teaching courses in anthropology is required.

RankAssistant ProfessorEmployment StatusTenure TrackFull Time/Part TimeFull-time Posting Detail Information

Posting NumberF131POpen Date06/19/2019Close Date10/04/2019Special Instructions to ApplicantsEEO Statement

Spelman College is an EEO/Minority/Female/Disabled/Veteran/Title IX Employer and we participate in E-Verify. We are a smoke-free campus

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    Documents Needed To ApplyRequired Documents
    1. Cover Letter of Interest
    2. Curriculum Vitae
    3. Transcripts
    4. Research Statement
    5. Teaching Philosophy
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      Posted: 9/6/2019
      Application Due: 10/4/2019
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