Assistant Professor

Tucson, AZ
Feb 03, 2021
Position Type
Tenured & Tenure-Track
Employment Type
Full Time
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution
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School of Anthropology


Main Campus


Tucson, AZ USA

Position Highlights:

The University of Arizona’s College of Veterinary Medicine (UA-CVM) and School of Anthropology (SOA) invite applications for a jointly appointed tenure track position with a focus on Human-Animal Interaction (HAI), broadly conceived. Areas of interest include, but are not limited to, animal behavior, biology, physiology and cognition; evolutionary perspectives on human-animal interaction; the biopsychosocial effects of human-animal interaction; One Health; and behavioral ecology. The successful candidate will contribute to the University of Arizona’s growing emphasis on research at the intersection of humans and nonhuman animals and will create bridges between the CVM and SOA.

The UA SOA consistently ranks as one of the best anthropology programs in the US and provides graduate and undergraduate training across the four anthropology subdisciplines: archaeology, biological, linguistic, and sociocultural anthropology. Faculty and graduate students from across these subdisciplines share interests in anthrozoology (the study of HAI). The successful candidate will join the biological anthropology faculty and contribute to this thematic area. While the specific area of research is open, we seek an outstanding scholar whose work will complement our existing research programs investigating human and animal behavioral ecology, physiology, and cognition through an evolutionary lens.

The UA-CVM curriculum is built on an inclusive, evidence-based pedagogy with the goal of graduating “day-one-ready” veterinarians prepared to excel in diverse career trajectories. By partnering with SOA to explore the broad scientific areas underlying HAI, the UA-CVM aims to transform veterinary research and training and to equip DVM graduates with innovative approaches to client communication and support. The successful candidate will aid in developing the UA-CVM research program on HAI as well as connections between the University and animal organizations in the local region.

Outstanding UA benefitsinclude health, dental, and vision insurance plans; life insurance anddisability programs; paid vacation, sick leave, and holidays; UA/ASU/NAUtuition reduction for the employee and qualified family members; state andoptional retirement plans; access to UA recreation and cultural activities; andmore!

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Duties & Responsibilities:

The successful candidate will have a proven record of designing,conducting, and publishing research, including evidence of efforts to generateexternal funding, and a clear commitment to teaching and mentoring studentsfrom diverse backgrounds at the undergraduate and graduate levels. They will beexpected to maintain an extramurally funded research program that complementsand contributes to the research missions of the College of Veterinary Medicineand School of Anthropology, integrate veterinary and anthropology students intotheir research program, mentor doctoral-level graduate students, and teachundergraduate and/or graduate courses in their given area of expertise in theSchool of Anthropology. Research with companion animals is desirable, as iswork with other animal species.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Ph.D. in anthropology or an equivalent field relevant to Human-Animal Interaction, or DVM/PhD with established expertise
    in Human-Animal Interaction.

Preferred Qualifications:

Documented record of excellence in teaching and research in an area related to human-animal interaction.

Rank :

To be Determined

Tenure Information:

Tenure-Eligible (TE)



Full Time/Part Time:

Full Time

Number of Hours Worked per Week:


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Work Calendar:


Job Category:


Benefits Eligible:

Yes - Full Benefits

Rate of Pay:


Compensation Type:

salary at 1.0 full-time equivalency (FTE)

Type of criminal background check required::

Name-based criminal background check (non-security sensitive)

Number of Vacancies:


Target Hire Date:

Expected End Date:

Contact Information for Candidates:

Tanya Gonzaes
[email protected]

Open Date:


Open Until Filled:


Documents Needed to Apply:

Curriculum Vitae (CV), Cover Letter, and Three Additional Documents

Special Instructions to Applicant:

The documents required are:

  • Cover Letter and Reference requirements 3-5 required (contact information only)
  • CV
  • Statement of Research
  • Statement of Teaching
  • Statement of Past and/or Planned Future Contributions to Advancing Diversity and Inclusive Excellence; and Teaching Evaluations (Optional)

Diversity Statement:

At the University of Arizona, we value our inclusive climate because we know that diversity in experiences and perspectives is vital to advancing innovation, critical thinking, solving complex problems, and creating an inclusive academic community. As an Hispanic-serving institution and a Native American/Alaska Native-serving institution, we translate these values into action by seeking individuals who have experience and expertise working with diverse students, colleagues, and constituencies. Because we seek a workforce with a wide range of perspectives and experiences, we provide equal employment opportunities to applicants and employees without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or genetic information. As an Employer of National Service, we also welcome alumni of AmeriCorps, Peace Corps, and other national service programs and others who will help us advance our Inclusive Excellence initiative aimed at creating a university that values student, staff and faculty engagement in addressing issues of diversity and inclusiveness.

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