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Assistant or Associate Professor of Indigenous Studies

Temple University
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

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Arts & Humanities, Ethnic & Cultural Studies
Position Type
Assistant Professor
Employment Type
Full Time
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution
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Temple University’s Department of Anthropology seeks a scholar of Indigenous Studies at the rank of either tenure-track assistant or associate professor. This individual can be from any subdiscipline within Anthropology, and should hold a PhD in Anthropology, Indigenous Studies, Native American Studies, or other related field. While the subdiscipline of the candidate is open, the successful candidate should be firmly grounded in anthropological theory, be able to demonstrate the way that their specific research interest(s) fit with one of the two themes in the department: Mobility and Global Inequality or Evolution and Human Environments, and demonstrate the way that their research or professional goals enhance the Temple Anthropology Laboratory and Museum (TALM). This might include previous museum or large research laboratory experience or in the case of junior scholars, training or theoretical perspectives (e.g., decolonization; indigenous worldviews and knowledge production) that will allow them to support the TALM in this way. Candidates must demonstrate a strong commitment to research including efforts to obtain external funding.

Temple University is a state-related Carnegie Research University (very high research activity) located in Philadelphia. The College of Liberal Arts is home to 32 undergraduate majors, 32 minors, 23 certificate programs and 15 graduate degree programs. With its vibrant and diverse array of educational programs, the College of Liberal Arts plays a tremendous role in Temple University’s academic success and its mission mirrors the historical importance of the liberal arts in society.

Requirements include a Ph.D. at time of appointment, and a strong record of research and teaching experience. Preference will be given to candidates whose training, doctoral research, and experience is firmly integrated with and informed by indigenous people. The application should include 1) a letter with detailed description of research and teaching interests; 2) curriculum vitae with contact information for three references; 3) one or two article-length examples of published research-based scholarly work; and 4) a statement on the experience the candidate has collaborating with indigenous people(s) and how this informs their practice of anthropology. Applications should be submitted via Interfolio ( If you do not have a dossier account with Interfolio, you will be prompted to create a free account prior to applying for the position.

Review of applications will begin January 10, 2022 and continue until the position is filled. COVID-19 vaccinations are required for employment at Temple University, unless granted a religious or medical exemption (see Temple University is an Affirmative Action equal opportunity employer and particularly encourages applications from women, persons of color, veterans, and persons with disabilities.


One of the nation’s top urban public research universities, Temple University is a dynamic workplace in the heart of one of the nation’s most vibrant cities. Founded in 1884 as a night school for the working-class men and women of North Philadelphia, for 130 years Temple has retained its core mission of being a beacon of educational opportunity to students of every background, while adding a national and global reputation as a leader in education, research and real-world oriented instruction.

With nearly 39,000 students and 290,000 living alumni, Temple has a major impact on its region and on Philadelphia, the nation’s 5th largest city. One in seven college graduates in the Philadelphia area holds a Temple degree, and the university is the 4th largest provider of professional education in the nation (law, medicine, dentistry, pharmacy and podiatry). Temple offers 17 schools and colleges, 399 academic degree programs, 17 Division 1 intercollegiate men’s and women’s athletic teams, as well as nine campuses including international campuses in Italy and Rome.  

Like the students the university serves, Temple’s approximately 8,000 employees are hardworking, diverse and energized by the vibrant and supportive work environments across the university, all aligned towards advancing the teaching, research and service missions of Temple University.

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