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Assistant Professor Anthropology (Applied-Cultural)

San Jose State University
San Jose State University, San Jose
Commensurate with qualifications and experience
Closing date
Dec 1, 2021

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Position Type
Cultural Anthropology
Full Time
Applied Anthropology
Organization Type
Level of Experience
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Job Details

The SJSU Anthropology Department invites applications for a full-time tenure-track Assistant Professor position in Applied-Cultural Anthropology beginning in August 2022, subject to budgetary approval. Applicants must have completed a PhD in anthropology or a closely related field before the position begins. The position requires an applied-cultural anthropologist able to use anthropology to address "real-world" problems in and between organizations, communities, and networks, and to actively participate in interdisciplinary collaborations. The department is particularly interested in an applied-cultural anthropologist with expertise in one or more the following areas: design anthropology; infrastructures; climate and environment; business anthropology; social dimensions of technological systems; economic anthropology; human-computer interactions; and medical anthropology, health, and health equity.

The Anthropology Department has gained national recognition for its innovative graduate and undergraduate programs, particularly its M.A. Program in Applied Anthropology. The department is committed to applying anthropology in an integrated, interdisciplinary way—by reconnecting the discipline’s subfields, making links with other SJSU departments through its Behavioral Science and Organizational Studies degree programs, launching a world-class graduate degree program in Applied Anthropology, and collaborating with organizations outside the University.

Required Qualifications

  • A Ph.D. (or equivalent) from an accredited institution in anthropology or closely related academic field
  • Experience in using anthropological knowledge and skills to address real-world problems in and between organizations, communities, or networks
  • Ability to develop practice-oriented projects at local, regional, and global levels of organization that potentially involve students
  • Capacity to develop and teach a range of courses including general education, upper-division anthropology, and graduate courses
  • Demonstrated awareness of and sensitivity to the educational goals of a multicultural population as might have been gained in cross-cultural study, training, teaching, and other comparable experience

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience or expertise in one or more of the following areas: design anthropology; infrastructures; climate and environment; business anthropology; social dimensions of technological systems; economic anthropology; human-computer interactions; medical anthropology, health, health equity
  • A record of research productivity as demonstrated through peer-reviewed publications or scholarly presentations
  • Demonstrated commitment to teaching excellence and advising for undergraduate and graduate students
  • Ability to develop opportunities for interdisciplinary collaboration across different departments

Key Responsibilities

  • Develop and teach courses appropriate undergraduate and graduate courses, including general education courses
  • Initiate local, regional, or global projects that potentially involve undergraduate or graduate students
  • Provide academic advising for undergraduate students in anthropology, behavioral science, and organizational studies
  • Supervise and advise graduate students in applied anthropology and participate fully as a member of the graduate faculty
  • Maintain an active research as manifested in publications, professional presentations, or creative activity in support of tenure and/or promotion
  • Participate in shared governance, usually in department, college, and university committee and other service assignments
  • Demonstrate awareness and experience understanding the needs of a student population of great diversity—in age, abilities, cultural background, ethnicity, religion, economic background, primary language, sexual orientation, gender identity, and academic preparation – through inclusive course materials, teaching strategies and advisement

Eligibility: Employment is contingent upon proof of eligibility to work in the United States.

Application Procedure

Applicants should apply at San José State University’s careers webpage. Required application materials include the following:

  • letter of interest
  • curriculum vitae
  • statement of teaching interests/philosophy (2 pages)
  • statement of research plans (2 pages)
  • diversity statement (2 pages)
  • three references with contact information

Inquires may be directed to Charlotte Sunseri, Chair of Recruitment Committee (  Please include Job Requisition 504538 on all correspondence.

Equal Employment Statement

San José State University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. We consider qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, age, gender, gender identity/expression, sexual orientation, genetic information, medical condition, marital status, veteran status, or disability. This policy applies to all San José State University students, faculty, and staff as well as University programs and activities. Reasonable accommodations are made for applicants with disabilities who self-disclose. Note that all San José State University employees are considered mandated reporters under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and are required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083 as a condition of employment.

Additional Information

A background check (including a criminal records check) must be completed satisfactorily before any candidate can be offered a position with the CSU.  Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may affect the application status of applicants or continued employment of current CSU employees who apply for the position.


San José State University: Silicon Valley’s Public University Located in the heart of Silicon Valley — one of the most innovative regions in the world — San José State University is the founding campus of the 23-campus California State University (CSU) system and the first public university in the West. The 2020 #1 Most Transformative University in the nation according to Money Magazine, San José State is an essential partner in the economic, cultural and social development of Silicon Valley, the Bay Area and California. SJSU is a top-200 school nationally in research funding and second highest in research productivity in the CSU system. This cutting-edge research, combined with its world-class scholarship, student centered learning opportunities, and experiential and interdisciplinary programs, allows SJSU to provide transformative opportunities that advance the public good locally and globally.

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