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Visiting Assistant Professor of Anthropology

Bates College
Lewiston, Maine

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Faculty Jobs
Social Sciences, Anthropology & Archaeology
Position Type
Assistant Professor
Employment Type
Full Time
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Job Details

The Department of Anthropology at Bates College is seeking to hire a sociocultural anthropologist for a one-year position, starting August 1, 2024. Candidates with a demonstrated commitment to the success of historically underrepresented, marginalized, and first-generation students are encouraged to apply. The position is open with regard to the area of specialization and region of interest, but we are especially interested in scholars who will expand the department’s curriculum and course offerings. Given the interdisciplinary nature of anthropology, the successful candidate will have thought expansively about how to link their courses to a broader liberal arts curriculum. The successful candidate will have a good knowledge of/experience with inclusive pedagogies in their scholarship and classroom teaching. The successful candidate will teach ANTH 101 (Cultural Anthropology) in the Fall semester. Other courses will be determined in consultation with other members of the department.

The teaching load for this position is five courses across the academic year, distributed over two semesters and a four-week short term in May. Candidates with demonstrated success in supporting underrepresented and marginalized students are strongly encouraged to apply. Ph.D. is preferred, ABD will be considered.

Candidates will be considered beginning May 15, 2024, and continuing until the position is filled. Your application should include your cover letter (which should discuss how you design your syllabi and engage in pedagogical and research practices that foster equity and inclusion), CV, and a syllabus for the introductory course “Cultural Anthropology.” We will ask for three letters of recommendation from the candidates shortlisted for the position.

Employment is contingent upon successful completion of a background check.






Founded in 1855, Bates is one of the nation’s leading liberal arts colleges, with a long history of commitments to principles of human dignity and diversity. Since its inception, Bates has been a bates_college2.jpgcoeducational, nonsectarian, residential college with special commitments to academic rigor and to programs and opportunities by qualified learners of all backgrounds. Historically, Bates students and graduates have linked education with service, leadership, and obligations beyond themselves.

Bates College is a welcoming community whose members care deeply about the rigorous, challenging, and rewarding life of ideas and principles, and value their exchange and examination. Bates helps students discover their strengths, investigate unquestioned assumptions and make a meaningful impact during their years on campus and throughout alumni life.

Our students are stimulated by good talk, great books and artistic expression, and they welcome the hard academic work that is the price of discovery. Our professors are committed to developing, encouraging and supporting them in their intellectual and personal growth. Across Bates, a caring


camaraderie encourages one and all to try the new and the difficult. Our shared values shape the ways we teach and learn, our view of the Lewiston-Auburn community and the world at large, and our relationships with each other.

bates_college1.jpgThe College is proud of its strong involvements in the Lewiston-Auburn communities, Maine's second largest urban area, with a population of approximately 65,000. The College is 40 minutes from Portland and the Maine coast, and 2.5 hours north of Boston.

At Bates College, we understand that good hiring decisions are critical to our success. We take the recruiting process seriously and select only those individuals who are motivated to learn and grow, and who take pride in a job well done. Bates College also recognizes that happy employees are productive employees. Treating our community well is one of our top priorities. Accordingly, we strive to create a working environment that is both intellectually stimulating and personally satisfying!

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