Cultural Anthropologist, Assistant Professor Tenure-Track

Job Details

Position Summary

The Department of Anthropology at Washington State University (WSU) invites applications from cultural anthropologists who conduct health-oriented research among BIPOC/traditionally marginalized or underserved communities, broadly conceived. This is a permanent, nine-month, full-time, tenure-track, Assistant Professor of Cultural Anthropology position at the flagship campus in Pullman, WA. The university is particularly interested in hiring scholars who are connected to and integrated into BIPOC/traditionally marginalized or underserved communities involved in research, building on WSU’s strong tradition of engaged and applied scholarship. It is anticipated that the successful candidate will begin the appointment on August 16, 2022.

Campus and Program Description

The Department of Anthropology is an academic unit located in the College of Arts and Sciences. Anthropology’s twenty-three faculty conduct research, support courses and mentorship, and provide service at WSU’s campuses in Pullman, Vancouver, and the Tri-Cities. The department offers the BA at WSU’s Pullman and Vancouver campuses, and in its Global campus. Partnering with the School of Biological Sciences, we also offer a BA in Human Biology at Pullman and Vancouver. With faculty and specialties and graduate degree tracks in cultural anthropology, biological anthropology and archaeology, the department offers the M.A. and Ph.D. in anthropology in each of these areas of emphasis, supporting a graduate program with approximately sixty students.

WSU is a Tier I research institution with campuses unified across Washington state. A land-grant university located in the homelands of the Nimiipuu (Nez Perce) Tribe and Palus people, and on traditional Cowlitz, Umatilla, and Yakama Nation lands, among others, WSU acknowledges the complications of regional and national history and their intersection with higher education. We work to increase the inclusion and success of historically underrepresented or marginalized students, staff, and faculty. We are committed to excellence through diversity and faculty-friendly policy action, and to cultivating a welcoming, inclusive, and supportive departmental culture. Persons who meet the required qualifications and are of intersectional identities spanning complexes of race, gender, orientation, mental and physical ability, previous employment, and life experience are encouraged to apply. WSU is committed to excellence through diversity and faculty-friendly policy action, including partner accommodation and NSF ADVANCE Institutional Transformation programs (www.advance.wsu.edu).

Job Duties

The hired individual will be expected to: (i) work collaboratively, respectfully, and productively with other faculty, staff, and students from a wide range of disciplines, cultures, and academic backgrounds; (ii) teach undergraduate and graduate courses related to Cultural Anthropology; (iii) publish quality research in high-impact, peer-reviewed outlets; (iv) develop and sustain an externally-funded research program; (v) recruit and mentor diverse M.A. and Ph.D. students and undergraduate students; and (vi) serve university, professional, and/or public organizations from an ethical and evidence-based position.

Required Qualifications:

  • Earned doctorate in anthropology or closely related discipline by the time of hire.
  • An active, field-based, health-related research program, including but not limited to medical or psychological anthropology, conducted among BIPOC/traditionally marginalized or underserved communities, broadly conceived.
  • A scholar who has a commitment to field research.
  • A record of research accomplishment which can be demonstrated by evidence of, or the promise to achieve a record of high impact publications.
  • Demonstrated ability and/or potential to establish and maintain an externally funded research program.
  • Demonstrated ability and/or potential to successfully teach and mentor students at the graduate and undergraduate levels, in courses focused on cultural anthropology.
  • Demonstrated ability and/or potential to support, mentor, and educate individuals identifying with historically underserved or minoritized groups and contribute to WSU’s diversity, equity, and inclusion goals in research, teaching, mentoring, and/or service (www.wsu.edu/drive-to-25/diversity-recruitment-plans).

Preferred Qualifications:

  • A scholar who emphasizes engagement with, and application in the communities they study.
  • A scholar who provides context to and/or seeks solutions to health-related community challenges.
  • A scholar who has a strong commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion.
  • A scholar who complements and extends existing anthropology faculty strengths.
  • A scholar who addresses research questions that cross traditional disciplinary boundaries.

The successful candidate will complement and contribute to WSU’s recent efforts to build a network of scholars committed to conducting and applying research on racism, ethnicity, social justice, and structures of inequality in the Americas.

Application Process:

Screening of applications will begin on January 17, 2022, and will remain open until a successful candidate has been identified. To apply, visit wsu.edu/jobs, select your appropriate employment status, and search R-3685 in the search bar. Please be prepared to upload the following documents to your online application:

  • Letter of application describing how your experience and training meet the required qualifications listed above.
  • Curriculum Vita
  • Statement addressing past activities as well as your future plans to advance diversity, equity, and inclusion through research, teaching, professional activity, and/or service. Please provide examples from your own experience, which might include (but are not limited to) activities such as any of the following: mentoring, teaching and curriculum, professional activities, committee, task force or board service, research, scholarship, or creative activity.
  • Research Statement. Describe your research experience and your proposed research program at WSU. Address how your work advances understanding of health among BIPOC/traditionally marginalized or underserved communities, reference interdisciplinary and collaborative connections, and, if relevant, inclusion of students and/or stakeholders.
  • Teaching and Mentoring Statement. Detail teaching and mentoring experience and strategies. Include a summary of past assessments, if available. Address how you could teach courses in Anthropology relevant to general undergraduate education, as well as disciplinary specialty for majors and graduate students. Discuss experience or training relevant to teaching among and about diverse perspectives and backgrounds. Discuss experience with and methods of mentoring research advisees.
  • List of three professional references who can provide independent evaluations of your research, teaching, and inclusive engagement: include names, addresses, e-mails and telephone numbers. References will not be contacted without first informing the candidate.

For questions about the position please contact: Dr. Marsha Quinlan, Search Committee Chair, [email protected].

WSU employs only U.S. citizens and lawfully authorized non-U.S. citizens. All new employees must show employment eligibility verification as required by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.

WSU is committed to providing access and reasonable accommodation in its services, programs, activities, education and employment for individuals with disabilities. To request disability accommodation in the application process, contact Human Resource Services: 509-335-4521(v), Washington State TDD Relay Service: Voice Callers: 1-800-833-6384; TDD Callers: 1-800-833-6388, 509-335-1259(f), or [email protected].

WASHINGTON STATE UNIVERSITY IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY/AFFIRMATIVE ACTION EDUCATOR AND EMPLOYER. Members of ethnic minorities, women, special disabled veterans, veterans of the Vietnam-era, recently separated veterans, and other protected veterans, persons of disability and/or persons age 40 and over are encouraged to apply.

In accordance with Washington State Governor's Proclamation 21.14.2, as a condition of employment, new employees must be fully vaccinated or have an approved medical/religious accommodation at time of hire. People are considered fully vaccinated two weeks after receiving their last shot in a vaccine series. Vaccine or an approved accommodation for new employees will be verified prior to first day of employment. Information regarding vaccine verification and/or requesting a medical/religious information is available at https://hrs.wsu.edu/covid-19/vax-verification/. Please contact HRS at [email protected] or 509-335-4521 if you have questions.

Organization

Working at Washington State University

Founded as the people’s university, WSU embraces its land-grant heritage, seeking to transform lives through education, research, and community engagement and service. The University has been delivering life-changing knowledge and discoveries to the state, region, nation, and the world for nearly 130 years. WSU enjoys productive partnerships with major industries in the state, including agribusiness, aerospace, health care, software, technology, and construction. The colleges at WSU Health Sciences Spokane have formed robust partnerships across the state of Washington, both with large medical centers and hospitals, as well as a variety of rural and community hospitals and clinics.

WSU is Washington’s land-grant university with campuses located statewide in Everett, Pullman, Spokane, Tri-Cities, Vancouver, and online through the Global Campus. WSU also has research centers located throughout the state and extension offices in every county. Learn about WSU’s statewide reach.

WSU employees promote academic excellence and innovative research with nationally recognized academic programs, renowned professors, students who make a difference, and vibrant communities.

WSU offers staff and faculty a comprehensive benefits package as well as professional development and a host of work/life quality programs. Explore WSU’s benefits.

Review the application instructions for instructions and tips on using the WSU Jobs site and applying for jobs at WSU.

WSU is Washington’s land-grant university with campuses located statewide in Everett, Pullman, Spokane, Tri-Cities, Vancouver, and online through the Global Campus. WSU also has research centers located throughout the state and extension offices in every county. Learn about WSU’s statewide reach.

WSU employees promote academic excellence and innovative research with nationally recognized academic programs, renowned professors, students who make a difference, and vibrant communities.

WSU offers staff and faculty a comprehensive benefits package as well as professional development and a host of work/life quality programs. Explore WSU’s benefits.

Review the application instructions for instructions and tips on using the WSU Jobs site and applying for jobs at WSU.

Diversity Profile: Washington State University

As a land-grant institution, diversity, equity, and inclusion serve as core values and beliefs of Washington State University (WSU). At the university, college, or department level, WSU is committed to fostering open, proactive dialogue to create a more inclusive culture at all its locations including the five physical campuses and its online Global Campus, as well as its 39 Extension offices, four research centers, and 25 small business development centers.

Core Belief

WSU is committed to achieving an ethical and socially just society for all. Instituting social change on a large scale begins at home with system-level policies that actively promote equity. The University is committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion throughout every aspect of its statewide system. We strive to create a climate that enables underrepresented students, faculty, and staff to thrive in communities that foster a sense of belonging in a culture of inclusion. The ultimate goal? Creation of institutional culture in which inclusion and equity are the norms, a model that helps move the world toward a place in which all people are treated with dignity and respect.

Core Value

Equity, diversity, inclusion, and belonging. Promotion of an ethical and socially just society through an intentional commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion.

WSU’s core ideology can be found in its System Strategic Plan. 

WSU’s Student Body

WSU's student body statewide is ethnically diverse: 31 percent of our students are underrepresented minorities, and first-generation students represent nearly 33 percent of the total enrollment. About 15 percent of WSU students hail from outside the state of Washington and about 7 percent are international students. System-wide enrollment reached a record 31,607 students in fall 2019.

Associate Vice Provost for Inclusive Excellence Recently Announced

Dr. Lisa Guerrero was recently named associate vice provost for inclusive excellence. Guerrero has been an active advocate for diversity and inclusion since joining the WSU faculty in 2004. She is currently a professor of Comparative Ethnic Studies in WSU’s School of Languages, Cultures, and Race. She will maintain her faculty position, while serving as associate vice provost in a half-time appointment.

Dr. Guerrero will provide leadership to academic affairs in implementing WSU’s commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion. She will help to identify and implement best practices and evidence-based approaches in faculty hiring, tenure and promotion, research support, faculty retention, teaching and mentoring, and curriculum planning. One of her first areas of responsibility will be to oversee the Racism and Social Inequality in the Americas faculty cluster hire program for Fall 2021.

Representative Affinity Groups

Representative affinity groups within the Washington State University system include the following:

WSU Resources and Offices

WSU Human Resource Services supports a climate of integrity and equity that actively reflects open, respectful dialog. Additional resources are available on the Human Resource Services website.

Find Us
Location
United States

Get job alerts

Create a job alert and receive personalized job recommendations straight to your inbox.

Create alert