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Assistant Professor

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

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Position Type
Biological Anthropology, Cultural Anthropology
Full Time
Medical Anthropology, Science and Technology Studies
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Level of Experience
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Purdue University’s Anthropology Department is seeking to fill two in-residence, tenure track Assistant Professor positions focusing on science, technology, and society (STS) and/or health and medicine, to begin August 2022. The successful candidates will join a vibrant and growing department whose Anthropologies of Tomorrow (AOT) initiative embraces publicly engaged and interdisciplinary scholarship that includes community partnerships, racial and social justice, and preparation of students for diverse and impactful careers. Purdue’s Department of Anthropology is located within the College of Liberal Arts and offers B.A., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees.

We seek two dynamic scholars with promising records of publication and funding, active research agendas, teaching and mentoring experience, a commitment to diversity and inclusion, and the application of Anthropology to humanity’s grand challenges. Strongest consideration will be given to scholarship that attends to health, gender, racial and social justice as it intersects with specialties including:

  • science and technology studies
  • health technologies and medical practice
  • risk, social implications of big data, AI and socio-technical innovation
  • scientific knowledge production and the development of technology.

In addressing contemporary issues and grand challenges, Purdue Anthropologists collaborate with numerous key centers on campus and beyond. Preference will be given to candidates who can contribute expertise to the Advanced Methods at Purdue program through research that utilizes cutting-edge social science research methods and tools, and show an interest and ability to link to related research and education programs on campus.

Both positions require teaching two courses per semester, split between departmental graduate and undergraduate courses and foundational courses in Cornerstone, Purdue’s integrated Liberal Arts certificate program. The successful candidates will be expected to teach sociocultural and/or biocultural courses related to global health, STS, gender, social justice, and related topics. Our new colleagues will contribute to furthering interest in Anthropology courses and degree programs, and cross-college collaborations to engage students with broad interests. We particularly 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. Purdue University is strongly committed to a thriving and diverse campus community supported by our Division of Diversity and Inclusion resource centers and campus organizations.

Qualifications: A PhD in Anthropology or closely related discipline is required at the time of appointment, as promotion and tenure will be tied to scholarship, teaching, and engagement within Anthropology. Broad knowledge of and/or experience with career opportunities in academic and non-academic domains 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. The cover letter should address 1) research and funding experience in science and technology studies and/or health and medicine, 2) interest and ability to develop collaborative work and cross-disciplinary 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. Ian Lindsay, .

EOE/AA Employer

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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