Assistant Professor of Language, Culture and Health, Tenure Track
UMass Amherst Anthropology
August 3, 2018
Full Time - Faculty, Pre-Tenure
The Department of Anthropology at the University of Massachusetts Amherst seeks to hire a scholar at the Assistant Professor level for Fall 2019 with specialization in the study of language and culture in relation to medicine, illness and health. The Department is seeking a linguistic/cultural anthropologist whose qualifications include a broad range of experience in research and teaching to complement our growing program in medical anthropology and global health. Additional qualification of the successful candidate will include evidence of experience in one or more of the following areas: the analysis of linguistic interaction and discourse in the construction of illness narratives and diagnosis, healer-patient interaction, the sociocultural and communicative aspects of pain, suffering, and care; language and power; the intersection of health disparities and racio-linguistic ideologies; and the role of language as it impacts access to care in the globalizing health care industry. In addition to these areas of specialization, the ideal candidate will value and encourage research across the subdisciplines of anthropology and show evidence of success in sponsored research and publications. PhD in Anthropology or closely related field strongly preferred at time of appointment.
The courseload is 2/2 and will include both introductory large lecture courses as well as advanced graduate and undergraduate seminars.
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The University of Massachusetts Amherst is the flagship campus of the 5-campus publicly funded UMass system. It is located in the Connecticut River Valley, 90 miles west of Boston and 180 miles northeast of New York City. UMass Amherst hosts nearly 20,000 undergraduate students and 4,200 graduate students, and over 1200 tenure system faculty. The Department of Anthropology has 20 faculty, 175 majors in the BA program and 82 graduate students working on MA and/or PhD programs. The University is part of a Five College Consortium that includes Amherst, Hampshire, Smith and Mt. Holyoke Colleges, and strong collaboration exists among the five campuses.
The University of Massachusetts Amherst is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer of women, minorities, protected veterans and individuals with disabilities and encourages applications from these and other protected group members. The University of Massachusetts, Amherst prohibits discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and other protected categories.
The University seeks to increase the diversity of its professorate, workforce and undergraduate and graduate student populations because broad diversity is critical... to achieving the University’s mission of excellence in education, research, educational access and service in an increasingly diverse globalized society. Therefore, in holistically assessing many qualifications of each applicant of any race or gender we would factor favorably an individual’s record of conduct that includes students and colleagues with broadly diverse perspectives, experiences and backgrounds in educational, research or other work activities. Among other qualifications, we would also factor favorably experience overcoming or helping others overcome barriers to an academic career or degree.