Assistant Professor, Linguistic Anthropology

Reno, Nevada
Dec 09, 2020
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Job Description

The Department of Anthropology at the University of Nevada, Reno invites applications for a tenure-track position in linguistic anthropology at the rank of Assistant Professor. We seek a scholar with a strong theoretical and methodological background in linguistic anthropology and an ethnographic approach to the study of language and culture. Preferred areas of focus include: minority/minoritized languages; bilingual and multilingual communities; language, race, and ethnicity; Indigenous languages; language shift, loss, and revitalization; and related fields. All theoretical approaches in linguistic anthropology are welcome, and geographic specialization is open; we encourage applicants who demonstrate willingness for substantive engagement with local communities. Applicants should be prepared to teach undergraduate and graduate courses in linguistic anthropology, periodically teach Introduction to Cultural Anthropology, and mentor students in our M.A. and PhD program. The teaching load of this position is 2-2, with two pre-tenure course releases. The successful candidate will join a dynamic and collegial 4-field anthropology department at the flagship research institution of the Nevada System of Higher Education.

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Required Qualifications

A PhD in Anthropology/Linguistic Anthropology or a closely related field with an ethnographic approach to the study of language and culture. PhD must be in hand by July 1, 2021.

Evidence of an active research agenda through publications and/or grants and/or research plans and potential.

Demonstrated excellence, or clear evidence of potential for excellence, in teaching.

Preferred Qualifications

Specialization in minority/minoritized languages; bilingual and multilingual communities; language, race, and ethnicity; Indigenous languages; language shift, loss, and revitalization; or related fields.

Evidence of a commitment to teaching and mentoring a diverse student body and to contributing to diversity, equity, and inclusion on campus.

Compensation Rank

Assistant Professor

Department Information

The Department of Anthropology at the University of Nevada, Reno is a dynamic 4-field department with 12 full time faculty in Archaeology, Biological Anthropology, Cultural Anthropology, and Linguistic Anthropology. The department offers B.A., M.A., and PhD programs, including a direct-to-PhD track.

College and University Information

The University of Nevada, Reno and the College of Liberal Arts strongly value diversity, equity and inclusion. Besides housing a growing interdisciplinary Department of Gender, Race and Identity Studies, the College has a Latino Research Center and affiliated faculty in the Ozmen Institute for Global Studies. The College plays an active role in addressing racism, bias and inequities in society and at the local level. For examples of the innovative and unique ways we are working to dismantle racism, visit our Diversity, Research and Engagement website. The College emphasizes inquiry, discovery and openness to new ideas and perspectives and supports major scholarly research and creative activity in the humanities, social sciences and arts.

The University of Nevada, Reno is a public Research 1 land-grant institution of the Nevada System of Higher Education with a student population of approximately 22,000, including over 3,000 graduate students. We are a comprehensive, doctoral university that has been designated as a Carnegie R1 institution with very high research activity and a Carnegie Community Engagement Classification. Nearly half of our students are students of color and we are officially an Emerging Hispanic Serving Institution. In accordance with the University's land grant, tier-one research institution mission, our faculty are expected to contribute to the diversity and excellence of the academic community through research, teaching and service in a pluralistic environment.

The University has dynamic intellectual, artistic and sports life and a close relationship to the city of Reno, an emerging tech and innovation hub with a diverse population and a rich cultural history that hosts an active art, music and festival scene. Known for its proximity to Lake Tahoe and the Sierra Nevada mountains, Reno is a vibrant, diverse and growing city located on the eastern slope of the Sierra Nevada, about 200 miles east of San Francisco, about 100 miles east of Sacramento and 30 miles north of the state capital, Carson City. Combined with the neighboring city of Sparks, the Reno-Sparks metropolitan area has a population of more than 500,000. Reno is only 30-45 minutes from Lake Tahoe and major ski resorts and is rated one of the top locations in the United States for living and outdoor recreation. It has an international airport with direct flights to many U.S. transportation hubs and to Mexico. For more information about the city and the surrounding area, please visit and

The University of Nevada, Reno recognizes that diversity promotes excellence in education and research. We are an inclusive and engaged community and recognize the added value that students, faculty and staff from different backgrounds bring to the education experience. We believe that cultivating an environment that embraces and promotes diversity and inclusivity is fundamental to the success of our students, our employees and our community. The University of Nevada, Reno is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer.

Faculty Dual Career Assistance Program

The University of Nevada, Reno recognizes the importance of addressing dual-career couples’ professional needs. We offer a Dual Career Assistance Program to newly hired faculty spouses/partners that provides resources and assists them to identify career opportunities in Northern Nevada.

Total Compensation

The total compensation package includes a competitive salary, moving allowance (if applicable), a rich retirement plan, health insurance options that include dental and vision, life insurance, long-term disability, along with many other benefits. Additionally, there is a grant-in-aid educational benefit for faculty and dependents. For more information, please visit: UNR Benefits

Contact Information for this position

Search Chair: Dr. Mikaela Rogozen-Soltar, Associate Professor, Department of Anthropology - [email protected]

Search Coordinator: Jeannie Harrison, Office Manager and Assistant to Department Chair - [email protected]



Full-Time Equivalent


Required Attachment(s)

Please note, once you submit your application the only attachment/s viewable to you will be the attachment/s to the resume/CV section of the application. Any additional required attachment/s to the cover letter, references, additional documents sections of the application, will not be viewable to you after you submit your application. All uploaded attachment/s will be on the application for the committee to review. To request updates to attachments, prior to the committee review of applications, please contact the candidate helpdesk at [email protected]

Attach the following documents to your application

1) Resume/CV

2) Cover Letter that addresses research and teaching

3) Contact Information for three professional references

4) Please write a brief statement (one page maximum) about how you would contribute toward our mission of creating a culturally inclusive environment in the role for which you are applying.

Letters of reference and writing samples may be requested at a later stage of the search process.

Posting Close Time

Applications must be received by 11:59pm on January 23th. This posting will close at 12:00 am on January 24th. The posting will no longer be available to apply to after 11:59 pm the day prior.

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