Assistant Professor (Anthropology)

University of Massachusetts Boston
UMass Boston

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Social Sciences, Anthropology & Archaeology
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Tenured & Tenure-Track
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Full Time
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Four-Year Institution

Job Details

Job no: 520488
Position Type: Faculty Full Time
Campus: UMass Boston
Department: Anthropology
Date opened: 08 Sep 2023 Eastern Daylight Time
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Cultural Anthropology, Native North America Specialist

The Department of Anthropology at the University of Massachusetts Boston invites applications for a tenure-track faculty position in Indigenous cultural anthropology beginning September 1, 2024. Strong preference will be given to candidates with demonstrated relationships and active research in Native North American Indigenous communities (Mexico, United States, Canada).

We seek an accomplished researcher and an experienced instructor who is committed to teaching in an urban university setting and to thinking and practicing in collaborative and interdisciplinary ways. A major focus would be the growth of the department's thriving undergraduate program in Anthropology and the minor in Native American and Indigenous Studies (jointly housed in the Department of History).

Areas of potential research interest include, but are not limited to: Indigenous research methodologies and community-engaged research; Indigenous futurisms; language revitalization; material culture, heritage, and sovereignty issues in relationships between institutions and communities; Indigenous community reclamation of knowledge, land, and water; health disparities and food sovereignty; social movements, anti-racism, and gender justice; education and youth issues; and environmental justice, traditional ecological knowledge, and urgent climate issues.

Beyond the position’s core responsibilities, the successful candidate may find rich opportunities for research, teaching, and community work in collaboration with the Department’s Historical Archaeology Master’s program, the Critical Ethnic and Community Studies Master’s program, and the Institute for New England Native American Studies, among others.

The Department would be particularly receptive to candidates who can involve undergraduate and graduate students in research. UMass Boston expects all faculty members to pursue external funding that supports long-term research agendas and to publish regularly. Equally important is a candidate who has a demonstrated commitment to building an equitable and inclusive scholarly and collegial environment, which the Department will match with sustained and supportive tenure-track faculty mentoring. We recognize the singular importance of such a mentoring environment for faculty members from underrepresented groups, from whom we encourage applications.

Minimum requirements:

receipt of Ph.D. in Anthropology by no later than August 31, 2024.

Applications must be submitted online by December 1, 2023.

Upload your CV with a cover letter describing in detail your research and teaching interests and providing the names of three referees.

UMass Boston is an urban public research university with a teaching soul, whose impact is both local and global. We are the third most diverse university in the country - more than 60% of our undergraduate students come from minoritized communities and groups and more than half of our students are the first in their families to attend a college or university. Thus, our students come to us from richly diverse life experiences and backgrounds; they bring to our classrooms and research settings the robust range of perspectives growing out of the socio-cultural, economic, and historical contexts in which they have lived, along with the challenges they encounter, engage, and strive to overcome. We invite applications from candidates who engage the diverse life experiences of our student body, who appreciate that students bring their holistic selves into the academic setting, and who recognize and articulate how their own life experiences and backgrounds have shaped their journeys, practices, and commitments as researchers, scholars, and educators.

UMass Boston is an Affirmative Action, Equal Opportunity, Title IX Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, genetic information, disability, or protected veteran status.

UMass Boston is committed to the full inclusion of all qualified individuals. As part of this commitment, we will ensure that persons with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodations for the hiring process. If reasonable accommodation is needed, please contact the ADA/504 Coordinator Andrea Haas or 617-287-5148.

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The second-largest campus in the UMass system, UMass Boston combines a small-college experience with the vast resources of a major research university. With a 16:1 student-to-faculty ratio, students easily interact with professors because most teaching occurs in small class sizes. Ninety-three percent of full-time faculty hold the highest degree in their fields.

UMass Boston’s academic excellence is reflected by a growing student body of nearly 16,000 undergraduate and graduate students. The university’s eight colleges offer more than 100 undergraduate programs and 50 graduate programs. The University Honors Program serves 300 students who thrive on intellectual challenge. Enriched courses probe more deeply into theory or venture further into application.

UMass Boston’s diverse student body provides a global context for student learning, and its location in a major U.S. city provides connections to employers in industries such as finance, health care, technology, service, and education, offering students opportunities to gain valuable in-school experience via internships, clinicals, and other career-related placements.

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