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Post Doctoral Teaching Associate, Cultural Anthropology

University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Department of Anthropology
Knoxville, Tennessee
50,000 per year + benefits
Closing date
Sep 8, 2021

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Cultural Anthropology
Area Studies, African Studies, Black Diaspora Studies, Latin American / Caribbean Studies
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Post Doctoral Teaching Associate, Cultural Anthropology

The Department of Anthropology at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville seeks a full-time Post Doctoral Teaching Associate (9-month appointment, with benefits) in cultural anthropology, to begin August 1, 2021. The position is for one academic year.   The successful candidate will have an active teaching and research agenda that contributes to the department’s Disasters, Displacement and Human Rights (DDHR) undergraduate concentration and graduate certificate program. Ability to teach existing courses covering topics such as African Diaspora, Race and Racism, Identity and Inequality, or Caribbean Cultures is preferred.  The teaching load will be “2 & 2” (50% effort), with an expectation that the candidate will contribute to research and service in support of DDHR (50% effort). The latter may include planning a conference, organizing events, contributing to collaborative research with initiatives on campus, or supervising undergraduate and graduate student research projects.

The Knoxville campus of the University of Tennessee is seeking candidates who have the ability to contribute in meaningful ways to the diversity and intercultural goals of the University. Candidates should have a Ph.D. in anthropology, with a specialization in cultural or social anthropology in hand at the time of appointment.

Please submit your application via the Interfolio portal at  Questions about this position should be referred to Dr. Raja Swamy, Search Committee Chair, via email (

Review of applications will begin July 8, 2021, and will continue until the position is filled. The University of Tennessee is seeking candidates who have the ability to contribute in meaningful ways to promoting the university’s diversity and inclusion goals.

    Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

All qualified applicants will receive equal consideration for employment and admission without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, pregnancy, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, physical or mental disability, genetic information, veteran status, and parental status, or any other characteristic protected by federal or state law. In accordance with the requirements of Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, the University of Tennessee affirmatively states that it does not discriminate on the basis of race, sex, or disability in its education programs and activities, and this policy extends to employment by the university. Inquiries and charges of violation of Title VI (race, color, and national origin), Title IX (sex), Section 504 (disability), the ADA (disability), the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (age), sexual orientation, or veteran status should be directed to the Office of Equity and Diversity, 1840 Melrose Avenue, Knoxville, TN 37996-3560, telephone 865-974-2498. Requests for accommodation of a disability should be directed to the ADA Coordinator at the Office of Equity and Diversity.


Anthropology (literally the study of humans) is an extremely broad and diverse field concerned with every aspect of the human condition: past, present and future. Students studying Anthropology at the University of Tennessee learn of this breadth and diversity by taking courses in Cultural, Biological and Archaeological Anthropology. Research conducted by the faculty and graduate students of the Department is as wide-ranging (both topically and geographically) as the field itself.

Our research, supported by major funding agencies, is presented at scholarly conferences and published in highly-respected journals and academic presses. We share our knowledge with the public through a range of academic outreach efforts. Our faculty maintain on-going collaborations with a range of organizations spanning public and private sectors, international agencies, non-governmental and community organizations.

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  • This employer does prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation/preference.
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