Assistant Professor of Anthropology
The Department of Anthropology at the University of Maine invites applications for an academic-year tenure- track position in anthropology with expertise linked to climate change in the Arctic/Sub-Arctic region, with special attention to indigenous peoples. The appointment will be made at the rank of Assistant Professor, anticipated to begin on August 30, 2021. The ideal candidate will help to address critical research and teaching needs relevant to major challenges facing humanity in the 21st century and may approach these topics from various subfields including political, environmental, or economic anthropology. Candidates examining these issues with attention to race, gender, and social or environmental justice are encouraged to apply, as are those with experience using quantitative and/or GIS methods in teaching and research. This position will strengthen the university’s expertise in the human dimensions of climate change research – a critical need in this signature area. The successful candidate will have an active research program, a record of scholarly excellence, and the ability to obtain external funding. The successful candidate will also be expected to participate in UMaine Arctic, an initiative designed to bring together people from diverse backgrounds who share interests in the Arctic (https://umaine.edu/arctic/).
The successful candidate’s research and teaching expertise will contribute to the Department’s undergraduate programs in Anthropology, Human Dimensions of Climate Change, and International Affairs, and to its graduate program in Anthropology and Environmental Policy. Teaching responsibilities may include rotations of existing courses such as Climate Change, Societies, and Cultures; Conservation Anthropology; Numerical Methods in Anthropology; Human Dimensions of Climate Change; Ecological Anthropology; or Sociocultural Theory in Anthropology. Area studies courses in Arctic/Sub-Arctic human-environment dynamics, and/or Arctic/Canadian/Maine Maritimes connections would also be encouraged. The ordinary teaching assignment is 2/2. An ongoing, productive research program is expected, as is service to the department, college, university, and profession.
The Department’s faculty is highly collegial, interdisciplinary, and collaborative with other programs and research centers at the University of Maine, including the Climate Change Institute, Native American Programs,
the Canadian-American Center, the School of Earth and Climate Sciences, the School of Marine Sciences, and the School of Biology and Ecology, among others. Opportunities to seek cooperating appointments with one or more of these units are available. More information about our faculty and programs can be found on our departmental website (https://umaine.edu/anthropology/).
The University of Maine is an equal opportunity institution (https://umaine.edu/eo/). We strongly encourage women and scholars from historically underrepresented groups to apply.
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