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Assistant Professor, Global Indigenous Cultural Heritage in Socio-Cultural Anthropology

University of Northern British Columbia, Department of Anthropology
Prince George, British Columbia (CA)
Closing date
Sep 17, 2021

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General Anthropology, Cultural Anthropology
Applied Anthropology, Area Studies, Indigenous Studies
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Assistant Professor                                            

Global Indigenous Cultural Heritage in Socio-Cultural Anthropology

Anthropology Department

Faculty of Indigenous Studies, Social Sciences and Humanities


Posting #FAANTH01-21 AAA

The Department of Anthropology at the University of Northern British Columbia invites applications for a full-time, tenure-track, Assistant Professor in Social-Cultural Anthropology with a focus on Global Indigenous Cultural Heritage (regional specialization open). By Indigenous we mean the earliest known inhabitants of a territory that underwent colonization, whether recently or in the more distant past. Global Indigenous populations might include: the Sami of Scandinavia and Russia, the foragers and reindeer-herding populations of northern Russia and Eurasia, the Mayan, Quechua or other Indigenous peoples of the Americas, the Maori and other peoples of the Pacific, or populations such as the Ju/’Hoansi of southern Africa. As an institution committed to fostering an inclusive and transformative learning environment, UNBC values high quality and innovation in both teaching and scholarship. We are looking for an enthusiastic candidate who will complement and work well with colleagues both within and beyond the discipline of anthropology. UNBC privileges an interdisciplinary ethos and we seek a candidate with a demonstrated commitment to interdisciplinary research, as well as a willingness and ability to teach in other departments in our Faculty. A collegial and collaborative approach to work in the department, the Faculty of Indigenous Studies, Social Sciences and Humanities, and the University, such as in teaching and service, is essential. The proposed start date is August 1, 2022.

The UNBC Department of Anthropology offers undergraduate degrees and opportunities for graduate teaching and supervision via the Interdisciplinary Studies program. In preparation for careers in both the public and private sectors, we provide a four-field approach to the discipline and offer field schools in both ethnography and archaeology. For more information about the Department of Anthropology, visit our website at

The successful candidate will be expected to teach courses such as our first-year disciplinary overview course, an introductory course in socio-cultural anthropology, an anthropological theory course, and a qualitative/applied methods course, as well as courses suited to the research specializations of the successful candidate. Experience in applied anthropology, especially community-based research, is an asset. As anthropology is, in essence, comparative, and given the UNBC anthropology department’s engagement with the Northern British Columbia community, an additional strength of the desired candidate is the willingness to bridge their work being done globally with the challenges faced locally.

Applicants for this position should hold a Ph.D. and present evidence of an established research program with the potential of future publications and research funding. The demonstrated ability to incorporate non-Western methods and ontologies is also welcomed as this approach would complement and extend existing strengths within the Department of Anthropology.  Additionally, the candidate should provide clear evidence of a commitment towards teaching excellence and the capacity for attracting students to the discipline of anthropology.

The Department of Anthropology values diversity within its community. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority. The University of Northern British Columbia is committed to employment equity and encourages applications from women, aboriginal peoples, persons with disabilities and members of visible minorities.

About the University and its Community

Located in the spectacular landscape of northern British Columbia, UNBC is one of Canada’s best small research-intensive universities, with a core campus in Prince George and three regional campuses in Northern BC (Quesnel, Fort St John and Terrace). We have a passion for teaching, discovery, people, the environment, and the North. Our region is comprised of friendly communities, offering a wide range of outdoor activities including exceptional skiing, canoeing and kayaking, fly fishing, hiking, and mountain biking. The lakes, forests and mountains of northern and central British Columbia offer an unparalleled natural environment in which to live and work.

UNBC provides outstanding undergraduate and graduate learning opportunities that explore cultures, health, economies, sciences, and the environment. As one of B.C.’s leading research-intensive universities, we bring the excitement of new knowledge to our students, and the outcomes of our teaching and research to the world. In addition to fostering and celebrating academic excellence, UNBC is a welcoming place, with a learning environment that is friendly, inclusive, and supportive.

Small classes and a connected community exemplify UNBC and mean that our students and professors get to know one another. Outstanding academics, hands-on research, unlimited adventure and a tight-knit campus community result in strong student satisfaction at UNBC.

For the past 10 years, UNBC has placed in the top three in its category in the annual Maclean’s University Rankings, the only University of its size to achieve that feat. UNBC also recently placed among the top four per cent of higher education institutions worldwide by the Times Higher Education World University Rankings.

For more information about living and working with the University of Northern British Columbia please refer to and . Make your mark with this leading post-secondary institution.

To Apply

Applicants should forward their cover letter indicating potential contributions to the Department, curriculum vitae, a brief statement of teaching approaches and experiences, a brief overview of research program, the names and addresses of three references (including telephone and email information), and the following form found at:, quoting posting #FAANTH01-21 AAA to:

Office of the Provost, University of Northern British Columbia

3333 University Way, Prince George, B.C., V2N 4Z9

Email submissions:    


Michel Bouchard, Professor and Acting-Chair of Anthropology



All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority. The University of Northern British Columbia is committed to employment equity and encourages applications from women, aboriginal peoples, persons with disabilities and members of visible minorities.

We thank all applicants for their interest in UNBC however, only those applicants selected for further consideration will be contacted.

Applications received on or before September 30, 2021, will receive full consideration; however, applications will be accepted until the position is filled. 


Anthropology is the integrated biological and socio-cultural investigation of humankind from the time of our pre-human ancestors to the present, including the study of both small and large-scale societies. This program includes courses in archaeological, biological, linguistic and socio-cultural anthropology.

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