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Assistant Professor

Texas State University, Department of Anthropology
San Marcos, Texas
Closing date
Oct 15, 2021

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Position Type
Cultural Anthropology
Full Time
Applied Anthropology, Area Studies, Latin American / Caribbean Studies
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Level of Experience
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The Department of Anthropology at Texas State University invites applications for a cultural anthropologist with an applied focus on contemporary Latinx studies. This is a tenure-track appointment, at the assistant professor level, and will begin Fall 2022. Texas State is a Hispanic-Serving Institution and has a majority-minority student body. Therefore, the department is committed to advancing diversity and inclusion in all areas of faculty effort, including research, instruction, public engagement, and community collaborations. Minority candidates are strongly encouraged to apply. The successful candidate will contribute to department’s baccalaureate degrees in anthropology, M.A. in anthropology, and Ph.D. in applied anthropology.

Position responsibilities:

  1. Teach appropriate introductory and advanced classes in cultural and applied anthropology and Latinx studies in all degree programs, as assigned. Conduct local, research projects with the goal of providing practical training and applied research experience for undergraduate and graduate students. Maintain an externally funded, active research program that results in peer-reviewed publications. Mentor undergraduate, M.A. and Ph.D. students in cultural anthropology and Latinx studies. Contribute to service activities in the department, college and university. Advance diversity and inclusion in all areas of faculty effort.

Required qualifications:

  1. Applicants must have a Ph.D. in anthropology or a related field* at the time of appointment (August 1, 2022).

*Applicants with doctoral degrees in other fields must has a minimum of 18 hours of graduate semester credit hours in anthropology.

  1. Anthropological research in applied, contemporary Latinx studies.

Preferred qualifications:

  1. Research focus related to Latinx studies including, but not limited to: policy/advocacy work, human rights, social change, migration, border studies, political economy, gender, identity, education, and health. Geographic area of expertise is open; however, preference is for a candidate whose research is focused in Texas. Active research in anthropology and Latinx studies with evidence of peer-reviewed publications and external funding in the forms of grants or contracts. Experience in teaching, or the ability to teach, undergraduate and graduate courses such as introduction to cultural anthropology, theory, qualitative methods, applied anthropology, community research project, and courses in areas of the candidate’s research focus. Experience mentoring students, especially first-generation students and minority students. Clear plans to develop local research projects with the goal of providing practical training and applied research experience for undergraduate and graduate students. These could be the candidate’s research projects, or could include field schools and/or leading student-involved projects as part of the department’s Community Research Project course. Experience in advancing diversity and inclusion in research, instruction, public engagement, and/or community collaborations.

Only applications submitted through the Texas State University website will be accepted and considered,

For full consideration, all application materials must be received by October 15. Interested applicants should submit:

  1. A cover letter detailing the how the applicant meets each of the position’s required and preferred qualifications. A statement indicating how the applicant’s research, instruction, public engagement, and community collaborations advances diversity and inclusion. A detailed curriculum vita. The names and contact information for three references.

For inquiries, please contact Dr. Emily Brunson, Search Committee Chair, at

The selected candidate will be required to provide official transcripts from all degree-granting universities.

Legal Notices:

Texas State University is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer, committed to inclusive thought and action in support of our diverse community. Individuals from historically underrepresented groups and all those who share our commitment to inclusivity and passion for the strength of our diversity are strongly encouraged to apply.

Employment with Texas State University is contingent upon the outcome of record checks and verifications including criminal history, driving records, education records, employment verifications, reference checks, and employment eligibility verifications.

Texas State University is a tobacco-free campus. Smoking and the use of any tobacco product will not be allowed anywhere on Texas State property or in university owned or leased vehicles.

Texas State University is a member of the Texas State University System.

Why Work at Texas State:

Texas State University is home to more than 38,000 students and 2,000 faculty members in the growing Austin-San Antonio corridor. A member of the Doctoral Universities: Higher Research Activity Carnegie classification, the university creates new knowledge, fosters cultural and economic development, and prepares its growing population of diverse students for the endless possibilities that await them as citizens of Texas, the nation, and the world.

Bolstered by research with relevance and innovation in creative and scholarly work in a full range of academic disciplines and a spirit of inclusiveness, Texas State seeks outstanding candidates for a variety of faculty positions.


Our mission is to educate and train students to practice anthropology in the 21st century. Our department offers two undergraduate degrees, a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) and a in Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Anthropology, a Master of Arts (M.A.) in Anthropology, and a Doctorate of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Applied Anthropology.

The Department of Anthropology is part of the College of Liberal Arts at Texas State University. The department averages about 300 undergraduate majors and 50 graduate students. Our 21 full-time faculty members offer a wide variety of courses and projects to support our departmental mission and educational goals, including local research projects or in-country and out-of-country field schools.

All faculty members in the department are actively involved in research and other scholarly activities including fieldwork in the United States, Mexico, Belize, Peru, Madagascar, and the Republic of South Africa. The department houses the following research centers: the Center for Archaeological Studies (CAS), which is home to the CAS Archaeological Repository, the Center for the Art and Symbolism of Ancient America (CASAA), and the Forensic Anthropology Center at Texas State (FACTS).

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  • This employer does prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation/preference.
  • This employer does prohibit discrimination based on gender identity/expression.
  • This employer does not offer health insurance benefits to eligible partners.
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