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Illinois State University
Location
Normal, Illinois
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Job No: 514337
Work Type: On Campus
Location: Normal, Illinois

Title: Assistant Professor of Cultural or Linguistic Anthropology specializing in Latin America or Latino/a Studies

Division Name: Academic Affairs

College/Unit: College of Arts and Sciences

Department: Sociology and Anthropology

Campus Location: Normal, IL

General Summary

The Department of Sociology & Anthropology (SOA) and Latin American and Latino/a Studies (LALS) invite applications for one tenure-track position at the Assistant Professor rank beginning August 16, 2023. We are seeking a TT hire for a Cultural or Linguistic Anthropologist specializing in Latin American or Latino/a Studies. The successful candidate should demonstrate the potential to produce high-quality scholarly research that can be published in peer-reviewed journals, the ability to teach courses in anthropology and Latin American studies as well as demonstrate their ability to mentor and work with diverse student populations and support the University’s commitment to our core values that support our efforts to create a more diverse, equitable, inclusive, and socially just institution.

SOA and LALS are committed to increasing the diversity of the campus community. ISU recognizes that a diverse faculty, staff, and student body enriches the educational experiences of the entire campus and greater community. Our student population has become more diverse, and the areas of Anthropology and Latin American and Latino/a Studies are of particular interest to our majors and graduate students. We are seeking applicants who can demonstrate their ability to work collegially with faculty from diverse cultural backgrounds, and the ability to work with, and be sensitive to, the educational needs of students from diverse populations.

This position is part of a cluster-hiring initiative sponsored by the Office of the Provost designed to increase multidisciplinary collaboration and foster increased connections across units. This position in particular is part of what we anticipate will be growth in the area of social justice and race/ethnicity. The faculty member who joins us will find fruitful collaborations of SOA and Latin American and Latino/a studies. Our program has cultivated a strong presence in Latin American and Latino/a Studies by offering classes about Latin America, a regional specialty/ strength in our department.

Additional Information

Illinois State University: Illinois State University http://www.illinoisstate.edu, founded in 1857, is the oldest public university in Illinois. There are approximately 21,000 students in the six colleges of Illinois State University. In our most recent strategic plan Educate ∙ Connect ∙ Elevate, we have committed our resources to realizing seven core values: Learning and Scholarship, Diversity and Inclusion, Respect, Collaboration, Individualized Attention, Civic Engagement, and Integrity. By acting on these values, we create a learning environment that results in our University being the first-choice public university in Illinois for high-achieving, motivated students who seek an individualized educational experience combined with the resources of a large university. Also visit the University’s metrics of excellence at (http://illinoisstate.edu/pointsofpride/).

Bloomington-Normal Community: Illinois State University is located in the growing twin cities of Bloomington and Normal, with a population of approximately 167,000. The community is home to Illinois Wesleyan University, Lincoln College, Heartland Community College, St. Joseph Medical Center, Advocate Bromenn Medical Center, Country Financial, and State Farm Insurance International Headquarters. The community also home to Rivian Motors, a company that builds electric trucks. The community has distinguished itself for its outstanding school systems and educational attainment, parks and recreation, health care, job growth, economic opportunity, and low crime. Forbes magazine, in a review of the best places for business, ranked Bloomington-Normal the 15th best place for business out of 168 small metros listed. Bloomington was placed on CNNMoney's list of the 100 Best Places to Live and was ranked #2 on Kiplinger’s list of Top 10 cities in the US. Normal was ranked #3 on the list of Best Small College Towns in America by College Values Online. Huffington Post named Bloomington one of the “11 Amazing Cities You’ve Never Thought To Live In, But Should.” Bloomington-Normal is conveniently located about two hours from both Chicago and St. Louis and an hour from Peoria, Champaign-Urbana, Decatur, and Springfield, many of which are accessible by Amtrak Train. For more information on our community, please visit (http://visitbn.org/).

Required Qualifications

1. Academic doctoral degree in Anthropology or related fields (these include Latin American and Latino/a Studies), however, exceptional A.B.D. candidates will also be considered with an expected completion of their doctoral degree before August 16, 2023

2. Demonstrated ability and desire to work collegially with faculty from diverse cultural backgrounds,

3. Academic record illustrating the ability to work with, and be sensitive to, the educational needs of students from a diverse population

4. Candidates must be able to demonstrate oral proficiency in the English language as a requirement for this position, as mandated by state law.

Work Hours

Varies

Proposed Starting Date

08/16/2023

Salary Rate / Pay Rate

Commensurate with experience and qualifications

Required Applicant Documents

1) Cover letter of application; 2) Curriculum Vitae; 3) Diversity, equity, and inclusion statement; 4) Teaching philosophy, and 5) Names and contact details of 3 references.

PLEASE NOTE: These documents are required to be submitted online in order to complete the application process. Please have these documents ready prior to clicking on "Apply"

Special Instructions for Applicants

For full consideration, complete applications should be received by October 31.

Contact Information for Applicants

Dr. Maura Toro-Morn (LALS) ([email protected]) or Dr. Livia Stone (SOA) ([email protected]).

Important Information for Applicants

This position is subject to a criminal background investigation based on University Policy 3.1.30 and any offer of employment is contingent upon you passing a satisfactory criminal background investigation. You may not begin work until the criminal background investigation results have been received and cleared by Human Resources.

Illinois State University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.

If you are an individual with a disability and need a reasonable accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) or other state or federal law you may request an accommodation by contacting the Office of Equal Opportunity and Access at (309) 438-3383. The Office of Equal Opportunity and Access will hold any confidential information you provide in confidence.

If you are having difficulty accessing the system, please call Human Resources at (309) 438-8311.

Application Opened: 09/01/2022 12:00 PM CST
Application Closes: Open until filled


Organization

About

Illinois State University, founded in 1857, is the oldest public university in Illinois. Illinois State is a co-educational, residential university committed to fostering a small-college atmosphere with large-university opportunities and promoting the highest academic standards in teaching, scholarship, and community service. Serving more than 20,000 students, our six colleges offer 178 undergraduate majors, 77 minors, 102 master’s programs, 18 doctoral degrees, and 42 certificate options. We have repeatedly been named a “Great Place to Work” by the Chronicle of Higher Education.

Illinois State University is committed to and accountable for advancing equity, diversity, and inclusion in all of its forms. We embrace individual uniqueness, foster a culture of inclusion that supports both broad and specific diversity initiatives, leverage the educational and institutional benefits of diversity, and engage all individuals to help them thrive. We value inclusion as a core strength and an essential element of our mission.

Vision

Illinois State University, a first-choice public university, will be increasingly recognized as a national leader for educating high-achieving, motivated students who seek an individualized and transformative experience at an institution that:

  • Offers premier undergraduate and graduate programs that integrate traditional knowledge and methods with emerging ideas and innovations
  • Generates knowledge through high-quality research, scholarship, and creative activities
  • Supports student learning and development inside and outside of the classroom
  • Serves the region, state, nation, and world through its commitments to responsible stewardship, meaningful civic engagement, cultural enrichment, and the development of global citizens

Mission

We at Illinois State University work as a diverse community of scholars with a commitment to fostering a small-college atmosphere with large-university opportunities. We promote the highest academic standards in our teaching, scholarship, public service and the connections we build among them. We devote all of our resources and energies to creating the most supportive and productive community possible to serve the citizens of Illinois and beyond.

Values

Pursuit of Learning and Scholarship

Illinois State University works with students as partners in their educational development inside and outside of the classroom so that students come to appreciate learning as an active and lifelong process. The University contributes new knowledge through research, scholarship, and creative activities in which all students, faculty, and staff are encouraged to participate. Faculty members embrace a balanced teacher–scholar model that values their contributions as teachers (facilitators of learning) and scholars (creators and discoverers of knowledge and information). 

Individualized Attention

Illinois State University provides a supportive environment that places all learners at the center of teaching and scholarship. Innovative curricular and cocurricular programs, strong student-faculty-staff connections, and superior student services focus on each student as an individual. The University fosters academic and personal growth, recognizes unique educational aspirations, and acknowledges that each faculty and staff member is integral to student success.

Diversity

Illinois State University affirms and encourages community and a respect for differences by fostering an inclusive environment characterized by cultural understanding, ethical behavior, and social justice. The University supports a diverse faculty and staff who mentor a diverse student population. The University endeavors to provide opportunities for all students, staff, and faculty to participate in a global society.

Integrity

Illinois State University promotes an environment defined by the highest ethical standards. Leadership of the University is characterized by stability, adherence to shared values, collaborative decision making, and accountable stewardship of all university resources. Members of the University community work collaboratively through shared governance to ensure the success of the University and are dedicated to making ongoing improvements, always enhancing their contribution to Illinois State University and building on prior accomplishments. Teaching and learning, including research and creative activities, are conducted at the highest level of academic quality and integrity.

Civic Engagement

Illinois State University prepares students to be informed and engaged global citizens who will promote and further the goals of society. The University promotes active learning experiences through which students will gain an awareness and understanding of civic engagement as a lifelong responsibility. The University partners with business, industry, government, and educational entities providing leadership in local, statewide, national, and international initiatives; expanding service and outreach; and enhancing financial support for instructional, scholarly, and service activities.

Illinois State University, as an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, complies with all applicable federal and state laws regarding affirmative action, nondiscrimination, and anti-harassment. Illinois State University is committed to a policy of equal opportunity for all persons and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, order of protection, gender identity and expression, ancestry, age, marital status, disability, genetic information, unfavorable military discharge, or status as a veteran in employment, educational programs and activities, or admissions. Inquiries or complaints may be addressed by contacting the director of the Office of Equal Opportunity and Access by email at [email protected], by calling (309) 438-3383, or by mail at Illinois State University, Campus Box 1280, Normal, IL 61790.

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Illinois State University
Normal
Illinois
61790
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