Associate/Assistant Professor - Cultural Anthropology, Fall 2022

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Associate/Assistant Professor - Cultural Anthropology, Fall 2022

Knoxville, TN
Open Date:
Oct 20, 2021

The Department of Anthropology at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville seeks a full-time tenure-track cultural anthropologist, at the level of Associate Professor, to begin August 1st, 2022. Advanced Assistant Professors who are close to being promoted to Associate Professor are also eligible to apply. The successful candidate will have an active research and teaching agenda whose work is committed to theoretical and methodological rigor in cultural, social or socio-cultural anthropology and focused on the theme of displacement, broadly defined. Desired areas of specialization include, but are not limited to, material dispossession, structural violence and inequality, war, migration (including that caused by environmental injustice), genocide, and climate catastrophe.  


We require that the Ph.D. be in hand at the time of appointment.  Black, Indigenous, or other candidates of color from historically underrepresented and marginalized groups are especially encouraged to apply.  The successful candidate’s research and teaching will contribute to frameworks such as critical race theory, decolonization, feminist theory, queer theory, political economy and other related bodies of thought, complementing current departmental strengths. The department is especially interested in candidates whose work brings together a concern with power and violence on the one hand, with a focus on resistance and change on the other. Geographical focus is open and we especially welcome applications from candidates working in under-represented areas or scholars whose research is situated in the American South, or in Appalachia.  The successful candidate will be expected to teach courses that engage cultural anthropological approaches to power, including inquiries into race, colonization, labor, gender and sexuality, as well as courses that explicitly center the problem of displacement.  The candidate will have a 2/2 teaching load, which will also include mentoring and advising graduate and undergraduate students, along with expectations for active research, and departmental, college, university and professional service.  The Knoxville campus of the University of Tennessee is seeking candidates who have the ability to contribute in meaningful ways to the diversity and intercultural goals of the University.

Application Instructions:

All interested applicants must use the following portal to submit a completed application:  Each completed application must include a Cover Letter, CV, and contact information for three references.  Please contact Dr. Jan Simek, Chair, Cultural Search Committee, Department of Anthropology, University of Tennessee, Knoxville ([email protected]), with any questions. Review of applications will begin November 15th and will continue until the position is filled.   We will have representatives at the American Anthropological Association meetings between Nov 18th-22nd, 2021 in Baltimore, MD.

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement:

All qualified applicants will receive equal consideration for employment and admission without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, pregnancy, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, physical or mental disability, genetic information, veteran status, and parental status, or any other characteristic protected by federal or state law. In accordance with the requirements of Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, the University of Tennessee affirmatively states that it does not discriminate on the basis of race, sex, or disability in its education programs and activities, and this policy extends to employment by the university. Inquiries and charges of violation of Title VI (race, color, and national origin), Title IX (sex), Section 504 (disability), the ADA (disability), the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (age), sexual orientation, or veteran status should be directed to the Office of Equity and Diversity, 1840 Melrose Avenue, Knoxville, TN 37996-3560, telephone 865-974-2498. Requests for accommodation of a disability should be directed to the ADA Coordinator at the Office of Equity and Diversity.


Working at The University of Tennessee, Knoxville

Founded in 1794, the University of Tennessee is one of the nation’s oldest and most storied public universities. Based in Knoxville, Tennessee’s flagship land-grant institution includes the statewide Institute of Agriculture and the Space Institute in Tullahoma. The university embodies excellence in teaching, discovery, scholarship, research, creative activity, outreach, and engagement. Known as the Volunteers, we lead with a spirit of selflessness, empathy, and courage, and strive to be champions for diversity, equity, and inclusion

UT Knoxville is a Research 1 university with 11 academic colleges and more than 900 programs of study. With an enrollment of more than 30,000 students, our academic programs are repeatedly ranked top in their class. The university co-manages Oak Ridge National Laboratory, the country’s most prominent national lab, driving innovation in advanced manufacturing and materials, national security, and more. We are closely connected with our communities through outreach and extension efforts across Tennessee and through partnerships with non-profits, corporations, and industries—regionally, nationally, and around the globe.

The city of Knoxville is nestled in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains. The modern, thriving community is surrounded by gorgeous lakes and hundreds of miles of walking, hiking, and biking trails. Situated along the banks of the Tennessee River, our beautiful features an eclectic music scene, internationally recognized festivals, unique restaurants, and a robust offering of diverse cultural activities. Knoxville is located within a day’s drive of Atlanta, Nashville, Asheville, Charlotte, Louisville, Cincinnati, Memphis, Chicago, and Washington D.C.

Knoxville and the surrounding counties have a population of more than 850,000 people. The region houses many leading corporations and organizations, including Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Pilot/Flying J, the Tennessee Valley Authority, and Regal Cinemas, along with HGTV, Food Network, and other networks owned by Discovery Inc.

As a member of the UT family, you will be surrounded by top-notch faculty, staff, and students from around the world. You will be part of a diverse campus community that is passionate about changing the world and cheering for the Vols on game day.

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