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Visiting Assistant Professor

Wake Forest University, Department of Anthropology
Winston Salem, NC
Salary commensurate with experience
Closing date
Mar 15, 2021

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Non-Tenure Track
Cultural Anthropology
Full Time
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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 July 2021. The successful candidate will hold a Ph.D. in Anthropology. Applicants must be able to teach Introduction to Cultural Anthropology and are encouraged to teach a course in their own area of expertise. Total teaching load will be 3-3 for the 2021-2022 academic year. Evidence of teaching excellence and commitment to the training and professional development of undergraduates is required.

Wake Forest’s four-field anthropology department has eight full-time faculty and 46 undergraduate majors and minors.  Over 90% of these students participate in faculty-mentored research and applied projects in anthropology.  Students and faculty also engage with our award-winning Museum of Anthropology and its dynamic professional staff.  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, American Ethic Studies, Environmental Studies, Cultural Heritage and Preservation Studies, and other academic programs and campus centers. 

Wake Forest University is a private, coeducational institution dedicated to academic excellence in liberal arts, graduate, and professional education. Founded in 1834, the University is ranked among the top thirty national universities, and 5th for undergraduate teaching among national universities. With 5,440 undergraduates and 3,350 graduate and professional students, the student-faculty ratio is 11:1. Wake Forest is a collegiate university offering a vibrant intellectual community with a rich cultural life, an impressive array of facilities and an active athletics community.  The University has a deep institutional commitment to public service and engagement with the world, as indicated by the motto “pro humanitate.”  For quick facts about the University, go to

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. 

Wake Forest University welcomes and encourages diversity and seeks applicants with demonstrated success in working with diverse populations. Wake Forest seeks to recruit and retain a diverse workforce to maintain the excellence of the University, and to offer students richly varied disciplines, perspectives, and ways of knowing and learning.

Applications will be accepted until March 15th 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.  Cover letters should include a teaching statement outlining the candidate’s approach to addressing diversity and inclusion in the classroom. Applications should be submitted as one PDF to Cover letters and questions about the position may be addressed to Steve Folmar, Chair of Anthropology.  Questions about the application process may be addressed to The submission of an online application with Wake Forest University is required for this position.


The Department of Anthropology promotes understanding and appreciation of human cultural and biological diversity. Through academic courses, scholarly and applied research, and public service, the Department provides the Wake Forest community with the tools and knowledge necessary for global citizenship. Composed of scholars representing all sub-fields of anthropology, the Department serves as the premier academic and practical resource for multicultural awareness and education in the University and Winston-Salem communities.

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