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Assistant Professor in Biological Anthropology

Santa Clara University, Department of Anthropology
Santa Clara, California
Competitive salary and benefits package; housing assistance program
Closing date
Oct 31, 2021

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Biological Anthropology
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The Department of Anthropology at Santa Clara University, a Jesuit Catholic university, invites applications for a Biological Anthropologist, to be appointed as a tenure-track assistant professor beginning in September 2022. This search is part of a cluster hire in Race, Inequality, and Social Justice taking place in seven departments in the College of Arts and Sciences. The department seeks applicants that are theoretically grounded and empirically engaged in biological anthropology. We are open to scholars conducting field and/or lab-based research in the areas of biocultural anthropology, human biology, paleoanthropology, or human evolution in ways that enhance the cluster hire topic of Race, Inequality, and Social Justice. The successful candidate will have a Ph.D. in Anthropology at time of appointment. Quality scholarship and undergraduate teaching is essential. The successful applicant will teach Introduction to Biological Anthropology (lecture and lab) and other classes in biological anthropology. The normal teaching load is six undergraduate (lower- and upper-division) courses per year on the quarter system. Santa Clara faculty are teaching scholars who value excellent teaching, engage in scholarly work that involves undergraduates in the research process, and are committed to service to the department, college, and university. Preference will be given to candidates who demonstrate inclusive pedagogical practices that advance SCU goals of diversity and equity, and who provide evidence of experience teaching and mentoring a diverse population of undergraduate students.

Santa Clara University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer, committed to excellence through diversity, and, in this spirit, particularly welcomes applications from women, persons of color, and members of historically underrepresented groups. The University will provide reasonable accommodations to all qualified individuals with a disability.

Please submit the following as PDFs to  1) curriculum vitae, including names and contact information for three references; 2) graduate transcript(s) (unofficial transcripts are acceptable at this stage); 3) sample syllabuses; 4) teaching evaluations; 5) personal statement covering (a) teaching philosophy, (b) research plans, (c) your potential to foster intra- and interdepartmental connections at Santa Clara, (d) your experiences working with people of diverse cultures and identities, and (e) how your work fits the theme of the cluster hire in Race, Inequality and Social Justice; 6) up to three examples of representative scholarship, e.g., published article or book chapter. Preliminary interviews will take place via Zoom shortly after the closing date. Three letters of recommendation will be requested in later stages of the search process. Queries about the position may be sent to


Santa Clara University is a comprehensive Jesuit, Catholic university located in California’s Silicon Valley, offering its 8,800 students rigorous undergraduate curricula in arts and sciences, business, and engineering, plus master’s, Ph.D., and law degrees. Distinguished by the highest retention rate and ranked second among all master’s universities in the West by U.S. News and World Report, Santa Clara University is California’s oldest operating institution of higher-education. The University is focused on creating an academic community that educates citizens and leaders who will build a more just, humane, and sustainable world.

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