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Chair, Department of Anthropology

The University of Alabama at Birmingham
Birmingham, Alabama
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Oct 21, 2021

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Chair, Department of Anthropology

College of Arts and Sciences

The University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB)

The Department of Anthropology in the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) seeks an innovative, visionary, and inclusive leader to serve as its chair. UAB is a Carnegie Level 1 research university and academic health center named the Top Young University in the U.S. in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings. In 2021, UAB was named by Forbes as America’s No. 1 Best Large Employer and No. 1 Best Employer for Diversity among Colleges and Universities.

Research in the Department of Anthropology spans the four fields of anthropology. The department offers bachelor’s and master’s degree programs. The undergraduate program and course offerings span the four fields of anthropology. At the graduate level, the program is topically specialized in the anthropology of peace, human rights, conflict resolution, sustainability, and social justice. Please see the department website for more information:

The successful candidate will be an accomplished scholar in any domain of anthropology with the leadership skills and vision required to lead a department that emphasizes research excellence and quality undergraduate and graduate instruction. The candidate will assist in furthering development of the existing Master’s degree program in Anthropology of Peace and Human Rights and expanding engagement with the Department of Art and Art History in a new Master’s program in Cultural Heritage Studies. Appointment at the full professor with tenure level is expected. A doctoral degree in anthropology or a related field is required.

With over 22,000 students and 2,500 full-time faculty members, UAB ranks in the top 20 public universities for federal research funding and is the major teaching-research university in Alabama. Interdisciplinary scholarship and teaching is prominent, and the Department of Anthropology collaborates closely with multiple units across campus, including the UAB Institute for Human Rights. UAB ranks in the top ten nationally for student diversity, and Birmingham is the second largest city in Alabama, offering a vibrant cultural community with a wide array of recreational opportunities.

The College of Arts and Sciences (CAS) treasures the rich diversity of our student body and we are committed to their success.  Members of the CAS community are expected to reflect our value for inclusive excellence in both our work and learning environment as well as in our efforts to serve and engage the community.

Applications should be submitted online through the following link: Applications should include a cover letter outlining interest and qualifications for the position, a CV, and contact information for three professional references. References will not be contacted without permission of applicants, and formal letters of reference will be requested for finalist applicants only.

Questions may be directed to Dr. David Chan, Search Committee Chair at or Parker Executive Search Vice President, Porsha Williams

Review of complete applications will begin on 11/1/21 and continue until the position is filled.


UAB is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer committed to fostering a diverse, equitable and family-friendly environment in which all faculty and staff can excel and achieve work/life balance irrespective of, race, national origin, age, genetic or family medical history, gender, faith, gender identity and expression as well as sexual orientation. UAB also encourages applications from individuals with disabilities and veterans. A pre-employment background check investigation is performed on candidates selected for employment.


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