Visiting Assistant Professor #497869

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Posting NumberClassification TitlePosition TitleVisiting Assistant Professor #497869FTE1.00FLSASalaryCommensurateJob Summary/Basic Function

LAMAR UNIVERSITY — The Department of Sociology, Social Work & Criminal Justice invites applications for a full-time, non-tenure track appointment as a Visiting Professor in Anthropology beginning in January 2020. Initial appointment is for three years. Possibility for conversion into a tenure-track exists with approval from administration. This position involves managing a minor in Anthropology, which has been in place for over thirty years. As stated on the department webpage, the mission of Anthropology at Lamar University is threefold: 1) to provide a minor in anthropology to undergraduate students, 2) to advance higher learning through both research and instruction, and 3) to support general education. Anthropology supports general education both through the Core Curriculum (ANTH 2346 and ANTH 2351) and through course content throughout the anthropology curriculum, which focuses strongly on the relevance of anthropology to modern life in a multicultural, global community. The successful candidate would teach a range of courses currently offered in the program ( and he/she would also be encouraged to develop other courses in line with the candidate’s interests. The teaching load is 4/4 though course load reductions are available through an internal department competition based on research projects. The department is a large multi-program department with 30 faculty (19 full-time faculty, 11 part-time or adjuncts), over 600 undergraduate majors and 130 graduate students. We have both on-campus and online degree programs and the successful candidate is expected to develop and offer some courses online. To learn more about Lamar University and campus life, candidates are encouraged to visit

Salary: $55,000 for 9 months. Teaching opportunities in summer may allow for salary enhancement.

Minimum Qualifications (Education & Experience)

Qualifications: Ph.D in Anthropology. The candidate must have a strong commitment to sustaining the Anthropology minor in our department. He/she should also have a commitment to excellent teaching in a diverse racial and multicultural environment and be able to cover the core courses currently offered in Anthropology. Additional responsibilities include student advising and coordinating program activities with the other programs and the Department Chair.

Preferred Qualifications (Education & Experience)Certification RequiredKey CompetenciesPhysical RequirementsWork HoursJob ConditionsEEO Statement

Lamar University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability or protected veteran status.

Veteran's Preference

Lamar University is proud to provide employment preference to veteran applicants in accordance with Texas 805 Government Code, Section 657.003.

Security Sensitive Statement

This position is security-sensitive and thereby subject to the provisions of the Texas Education Code §51.215, which authorizes the employer to obtain criminal history record information.

Lamar Expectation of Quality

Employee will support the mission of Lamar by providing high quality, professional services, timely responses and solutions to customer requests.


This job description is intended to convey information essential to understanding the scope of the job and the general nature and level of work performed by job holders within this job. But, this job description is not intended to be an exhaustive list of qualifications, skills, efforts, duties, responsibilities or working conditions associated with the position. This description is subject to modification as the needs and requirements of the position change. Lamar University reserves the right to revise, change or eliminate this job description at any time.

Other duties may be assigned to this position on a regular or occasional basis to respond to the needs of the university.

This Job Description is not intended to be a contract of employment or a legal document. Employment with Lamar University is at will, and may be terminated with or without cause, and with or without notice, at any time. Nothing in this Job Description shall be interpreted to be in conflict with or to eliminate or modify in any way the employment-at-will status of Lamar University employees.

Essential Functions

Open Date10/24/2019Close DateOpen Until FilledYesSpecial Instructions to Applicants

Apply: Send letter of interest, statement of teaching philosophy, curriculum vitae, completed faculty application form (available from our website: and three letters of recommendation to Dr. Stuart Wright, Department of Sociology, Social Work, and Criminal Justice. C/o Human Resources, P.O. Box 11127, Lamar University, Beaumont, TX 77710. Email: [email protected] Screening of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.

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  1. * Are you claiming Veteran's Preference in accordance with Texas Senate Bill 805, Section 657.003? PLEASE READ IMPORTANT INSTRUCTIONS: To be considered for Veteran's Preference, applicants must complete and email to [email protected] a Standard Form 15 located at to include the required documents per the instructions on the form. Emails MUST also include position titles and posting numbers for each and every position applied for. APPLICANTS WHO FAIL TO EMAIL ALL REQUIRED DOCUMENTS BEFORE A POSTING CLOSES WILL NOT BE AWARDED VETERAN'S PREFERENCE.
    • Yes
    • No
  2. * Do you have a Doctoral degree?
    • No
    • Yes
  3. * In what field did you earn your Doctorate degree?

    (Open Ended Question)

  4. * The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB) maintains a list of Institutions Whose Degrees are illegal to Use in Texas. You can search for your institution on the THECB website at: Copy and paste this link into a web browser in order to search under "Fraudulent or Substandard Institutions" for your college/university attended for your degree. Please check your answer BEFORE you submit your application. HR is not responsible for checking your answer nor resubmitting your application back into the pool if you do not answer this question correctly.As part of your educational qualifications for this position, are you claiming a degree from any of the institutions listed on the THECB website referenced above?
    • Yes, my institution IS on this list & IS Not accredited.
    • No, my institution is NOT on this list & IS accredited.
  5. * How many years of teaching experience do you have? In what field of study? Briefly list.

    (Open Ended Question)

  6. * How many years of experience do you have counseling and/or advising students in an academic setting?
    • Less than 1 year
    • 1 year
    • 2 years
    • 3 years
    • 4 years
    • 5 years
    • 6 years or more
Documents Needed to ApplyRequired Documents
  1. Letter of Interest
  2. Curriculum Vitae
  3. Statement of Teaching Philosophy
Optional Documents
  1. Unofficial Transcript 1
  2. Letter of Reference 1
  3. Letter of Reference 2
  4. Letter of Reference 3
  5. Miscellaneous




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Posted: 10/25/2019
Application Due: 1/19/2021
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