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Assistant Professor of Practice

Purdue University, Department of Anthropology
West Lafayette, Indiana
To Be Negotiated
Closing date
Nov 9, 2021

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Position Type
General Anthropology, Cultural Anthropology
Full Time
Applied Anthropology
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Level of Experience
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Purdue University’s Anthropology Department is seeking a dynamic in-residence Assistant Professor of Practice to expand our signature Anthropologies of Tomorrow (AOT) departmental initiative ( We focus on teaching and learning about crucial issues facing our world, building capacity for addressing issues, and preparing students for professional careers. As a leading-edge Anthropology department with a public service mission, we feature an exciting interface between students, faculty, practitioners, and community partners. This position offers the distinctive opportunity to be a change agent in imagining the field of Anthropology in a new way. We are interested in an individual with Applied/Practicing Anthropology experience and ideas for offering innovative training in emergent areas who can help us partner with numerous different work sectors and organizations. This position will build on our collaborations across colleges in key areas of Applied/Practicing Anthropology, e.g., technology, design, innovation, business/organization, health, environment, public heritage and education ( The Anthropology Department offers B.A., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees.

We envision that our new colleague will show leadership in Applied/Practicing Anthropology education, public engagement, and career preparation. At Purdue, Professors of Practice (clinical/professional faculty: have a primary commitment to assist the unit in meeting its programmatic need for instruction, engagement, and/or professional development of students. This position provides an opportunity to develop programming for student internships, experiential learning, and our Space for Practice Applied Anthropology laboratory. Teaching will include foundational courses in the Cornerstone, Purdue’s integrated Liberal Arts certificate ( This position requires teaching four undergraduate courses per semester, including in Cornerstone and our key departmental areas, which may include multiple sections of the same courses and internship supervision. Our new colleague will contribute to furthering interest in Anthropology courses, degree programs, and cross-college collaborations to engage students with broad interests. Purdue also provides resources to support Professor of Practice initiatives, and we encourage the pursuit of research and collaboration with students and others as desired. We seek individuals with a commitment to creating diverse, equitable, and inclusive environments in the classroom, department, university, and communities. 

The College of Liberal Arts at Purdue University is embarking upon 40 faculty searches for positions to begin in Fall 2022. These positions will advance research within and across disciplines, and intersect with technology, data science, and engineering in relevant and important ways. These positions include teaching in our innovative, nationally-recognized Cornerstone Integrated Liberal Arts Program that educates students across the university.

Purdue University, located in West Lafayette, Indiana, is one hour from Indianapolis and two hours from Chicago. As a public, research intensive, PhD granting institution, the University has over 44,000 students and 16,700 employees. Purdue has the fourth highest enrollment of international students among public U.S. universities, with more than 9,000 international undergraduate, professional, and graduate students.

Qualifications: A PhD in Anthropology or closely related discipline is required at the time of appointment; a PhD in Anthropology is preferred. Broad knowledge of and experience with Applied/Practicing Anthropology opportunities and job market for graduates is essential. Teaching experience in Anthropology is highly desired.

Application Procedure: Applications must include a Curriculum Vitae, contact information for three references, a cover letter, and a separate diversity statement. Candidates should submit a cover letter that describes your interest in this position; please address your 1) work experience in Applied/Practicing Anthropology, 2) ability to develop and evidence of collaborative work and partnerships, 3) teaching experience, 4) mentorship of students for diverse careers, and 5) interest in and potential contributions to the Anthropologies of Tomorrow strategic vision.

Purdue University’s Department of Anthropology is committed to advancing diversity in all areas of faculty effort, including scholarship, instruction, and engagement. Candidates should address at least one of these areas in a separate Diversity and Inclusion Statement, indicating their past experiences, current interests or activities, and/or future goals to promote a climate that values diversity and inclusion.

Application materials must be submitted electronically via . Review of applications will begin October 15, 2021 and continue until the position is filled. A background check is required for employment in this position. Questions should be addressed to Search Chair, Dr. Sherylyn Briller,

EOE/AA Employment

Purdue University is an EOE/AA employer. All individuals, including minorities, women, individuals with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply.


Purdue University is a large land-grant University, enrolling approximately 38,000 students per year at the main West Lafayette campus. West Lafayette is approximately one hour north of Indianapolis and two hours southeast of Chicago. Purdue's Department of Anthropology is located within The College of Liberal Arts. It currently has 15 full-time faculty and offers BA, MS and PhD degrees (

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