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Professorial Lecturer

American University, Department of Anthropology
Washington D.C.
Closing date
Jun 26, 2021

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Non-Tenure Track
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The Department of Anthropology in the College of Arts and Sciences at American University invites applications for two term faculty appointments for Academic Year 2021-2022 at the rank of Professorial Lecturer.  Each appointment is a 9-month term position and will commence on August 30, 2021.  Applicants should hold a Ph.D., or have an anticipated Ph.D. completion date before August 30, 2021, in Anthropology.  We are seeking anthropologists who can teach undergraduate and graduate courses that focus on issues surrounding inequality, class, gender, race, and colonialism while incorporating scholarly engagement in their teaching.  Term faculty are expected to hold office hours each week during semesters in which they teach and to participate in department activities and service. 

The positions will require the incumbent to teach three courses per semester (fall and spring) in anthropology, including, but not limited to, Anthropology of Life in the U.S.; Race and Racism; Sex, Gender and Culture; Human Origins; Anthropological Theory and Introduction to Archaeology.  Graduate level course assignments will be selected according to the applicant’s specialty and department needs.  All courses will be taught on campus in Washington, D.C.

Salary is competitive and based on teaching and research experience.  Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.  Please submit applications via: Include a letter of application, a curriculum vita, and the names of three colleagues who will provide letters of reference.  Applicants should emphasize public engagement and research excellence in their application.  Please contact Jean Wogaman, Senior Administrative Assistant at (202) 885-1838 or if you have any questions.  Applicants from historically underrepresented minority groups are especially encouraged to apply for this position.

The Department of Anthropology at American University offers the undergraduate major, the Masters in Public Anthropology (MAPA), and the PhD through which students can focus on any of the main sub-disciplines of anthropology. For decades, the Anthropology Department has trained anthropologists in all sub-disciplines to address issues related to social justice, social inequalities, and public-engagement in the contemporary world and through its past. Learn more about the Department of Anthropology and its mission at and, learn more about the College of Arts and Sciences at University is a private institution within easy reach of the many centers of government, business, research, and the arts located within the nation’s capital.  For more information about American University, visit

American University is a private institution within easy reach of the many centers of government, business, research, and the arts located within the nation’s capital. For more information about American University, visit American University is an equal opportunity, affirmative action institution that operates in compliance with applicable laws and regulations. The university does not  discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex (including pregnancy), age, sexual orientation, disability, marital status, personal appearance, gender identity and expression, family responsibilities, political affiliation, source of income, veteran status, an individual’s genetic information or any other bases under federal or local laws (collectively “Protected Bases”) in its programs and activities.

American University is a tobacco and smoke free campus. Hiring offers for this position are contingent on the successful completion of a background check.


In the Department of Anthropology at American University, our collective mission is to do public anthropology in the service of social justice. Our faculty and students work against racism, sexism, environmental degradation, speciesism, social discriminations, class oppression, forced community displacements, and much else. 

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