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Visiting Assistant Professor, Department of Anthropology

Employer
Wake Forest University
Location
Winston Salem, NC

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Job Description Summary

WAKE FOREST UNIVERSITY’s Department of Anthropology is seeking applications for a one-year, non-tenure-track position in Cultural Anthropology at the Visiting Assistant Professor level beginning fall semester 2024. The successful candidate will likely hold a Ph.D. in Anthropology, but ABDs with stand-alone teaching experience will be considered. Applicants must be able to teach Introduction to Cultural Anthropology and/or Understanding Culture through Ethnography (also at the introductory level) and may also be asked to teach an upper-level course. Total teaching load will be 3-3 for the 2024-2025 academic year. Evidence of teaching excellence and commitment to the training and professional development of undergraduates is required.

Job Description:

Wake Forest’s four-field anthropology department consists of nine permanent faculty, three professional museum staff, and an average of 76 undergraduate majors and minors. Seventy-one percent of majors participate in field- or lab-based research and 31% present original research at professional conferences. Students and faculty also engage with our award-winning and dynamic Lam Museum of Anthropology. Our department has strong interdisciplinary relationships with Latin American and Latino Studies; Middle Eastern and South Asian Studies; Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies; Linguistics; African American Studies; American Ethnic Studies; Environmental Studies; Cultural Heritage and Preservation Studies, and other academic programs and campus centers.

Additional Job Description

Wake Forest University is a highly ranked, private university with 5400 undergraduates and 3200 graduate and professional students in the Schools of Medicine, Law, Divinity and Business. Wake Forest University welcomes and encourages diversity and inclusivity and seeks applicants with demonstrated success in working with diverse populations. Wake Forest University is an AA/EO employer and values an inclusive and diverse learning community and campus climate. The Department of Anthropology welcomes individuals of all ages, backgrounds, beliefs, ethnicities, genders, gender identities, gender expressions, national origins, religious affiliations, sexual orientations, ability, veteran status – and other visible and nonvisible differences. We seek faculty who are committed to creating a respectful, welcoming, and inclusive environment for all community members. For quick facts about the University, go to http://www.wfu.edu/visitors/quickfacts.html.

Wake Forest is located in Winston-Salem, North Carolina – part of the beautiful Piedmont Triad metropolitan region which has a population of more than 1.5 million and is listed among the top 35 best places to live in North America by Cities Ranked and Rated. Known as the state’s “City of the Arts,” Winston-Salem offers a vast array of arts experiences ranging from music venues to galleries to theatre and film festivals. The city is also ranked among the top 50 US cities for affordability on national surveys.

Applications will be accepted until March 18th at 5pm. Applicants are to submit in a single pdf document 1) a cover letter describing the applicant’s qualifications and interests, and 2) a curriculum vitae detailing the applicant’s qualifications in cultural anthropology. References will be requested only of short-list candidates. Cover letters should include a teaching statement that addresses teaching philosophy, pedagogical approach, and ways of addressing diversity and inclusion in the classroom. Applications should be submitted as one PDF to https://hr.wfu.edu/careers/ under R0006459. Cover letters and questions about the position may be addressed to Margaret Bender, Chair of Anthropology. Questions about the application process may be addressed to wakejobs@wfu.edu. The submission of an online application with Wake Forest University is required for this position.

Time Type Requirement

Full time

In order to provide a safe and productive learning and living community, Wake Forest University conducts background investigations for all final faculty candidates being considered for employment.

Wake Forest seeks to recruit and retain a diverse workforce while promoting an inclusive work environment committed to excellence in the spirit of Pro Humanitate. In adherence with applicable laws and as provided by University policies, the University prohibits discrimination in its employment practices on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, genetic information, disability and veteran status and encourages qualified candidates across all group demographics to apply.

Organization

Wake Forest University, formed in 1834, has experienced decades of growth and innovation.  WFU is a distinctive university that combines a liberal arts core with graduate and professional schools and innovative research programs.  The University embraces the teacher-scholar ideal, which prizes the personal interaction between students and faculty.  It is a place where exceptional teaching, fundamental research and discovery, and the engagement of faculty and students in the classroom and the laboratory are paramount.

Wake Forest University is a community that seeks the enlightenment and freedom which come through diligent study and learning. Its higher goal, however, is to give life to the University motto "Pro Humanitate," as members translate a passion for knowledge into compassionate service. The community shares a tradition that embraces freedom and integrity and acknowledges the worth of the individual. The heritage, established by the school's founders and nurtured by succeeding generations, promotes a democratic spirit arising from open-mindedness and discourse. Wake Forest fosters compassion and caring for others. Its collective strength and character are derived from the values and distinctive experiences of each individual; therefore, it affirms the richness of human intellect and culture and its contribution to knowledge, faith, reason, and dialogue. Furthermore, it strives toward a society in which good will, respect, and equality prevail. To that end, Wake Forest University rejects hatred and bigotry in any form and promotes justice, honor, and mutual trust.​

The University is comprised of:  the undergraduate college, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, School of Business, School of Divinity, School of Law, and School of Medicine (located on the Bowman Gray campus with Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center) and today enrolls about 4,846 undergraduates and 2,823 students in graduate programs at its principal location, the Reynolda campus.  Students at Wake Forest University enjoy a great deal of access to and interaction with world-class faculty both in and out of the classroom setting with a student-faculty ratio of 11:1.  Wake Forest employs approximately 2,772 full and part-time faculty and staff.

Wake Forest is a collegiate university offering a vibrant, intellectual community with a rich cultural life, an impressive array of facilities, and a strong athletics program competing in the fifteen-team Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC).  Since its founding, the university has adopted the motto “pro humanitate,” which is exemplified by a deep institutional commitment to public service and engagement with the world. Wake Forest has a strong commitment to holistic, eight-dimensional well-being for students, faculty and staff as evidenced in the Thrive initiative.

Winston-Salem, NC

Wake Forest is located in Winston-Salem, NC, a beautiful, mid-sized city centrally located in the Piedmont-Triad region of North Carolina.  Winston-Salem is a family-friendly city with high quality schools, numerous outdoor recreational activities and events, and is known for its vibrant and thriving arts scene.

Winston-Salem residents enjoy close proximity to the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains (1.5 hours) and Atlantic beaches (4 hours), a moderate climate with four distinct seasons, a very reasonable cost of living, and an eclectic variety of restaurants, wine bars, and breweries for dining with friends and family.  Winston-Salem offers many of the amenities of a large city but with the sense of community and quality of life of a smaller town (www.visitwinstonsalem.com).

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