Tenure Track, Assistant Professor in Anthropology

Colby College, Anthropology Department
Waterville, Maine
Closing date
Nov 6, 2021

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Position Type
General Anthropology, Cultural Anthropology
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Job Details

The Anthropology Department at Colby College is a small, dynamic department focused on cultural anthropology. We invite applications for a tenure track position at the assistant professor level for a cultural anthropologist in the fields of technology, design, and/or artificial intelligence (AI) beginning on September 1, 2022.

We welcome a range of research specialties that could include but are not limited to the social, racial and ethical dimensions of AI technologies and algorithms; surveillance; DNA tests, genomes and related health technologies; social media; cryptocurrency; gaming and virtual worlds; indigenous data sovereignty; inclusive design; climate justice; hacker cultures and politics; and/or participatory research in the labs of and with AI scientists, engineers, and designers. 

The successful candidate will teach 4.5 courses a year (generally alternating 4 and 5 courses a year), including Introduction to Cultural Anthropology, with additional courses to be decided in conjunction with departmental needs. Depending on their particular areas of interest and specialization, the successful hire could engage with campus-wide programs and initiatives, such as the Davis Institute for Artificial Intelligence (https://artificial-intelligence.colby.edu/), Public Humanities (https://www.colby.edu/centerartshumanities/public-humanistic-inquiry-labs/ ), or Environmental Humanities (https://web.colby.edu/environmentalhumanities/).

Applicants must have a demonstrated record of teaching excellence, Ph.D. (preferred) or advanced ABD.

Please submit applications through Interfolio at http://apply.interfolio.com/95084. Include a cover letter, curriculum vitae, contact information for three references, research statement, and a statement of teaching philosophy that demonstrates commitment to the value of diversity and to inclusive teaching. Please provide a representative sample of your scholarship.

Applications received by November 5, 2021 will be reviewed in full. Finalists should be prepared to provide letters of reference upon request. Initial interviews will be conducted online. For further information, contact search committee chair Winifred Tate, wltate@colby.edu.


Colby is a private, coeducational liberal arts college that admits students and makes employment decisions on the basis of the individual's qualifications to contribute to Colby's educational objectives and institutional needs. Colby College does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, religion, ancestry or national origin, age, marital status, genetic information, or veteran’s status in employment or in our educational programs. Colby is an Equal Opportunity employer, committed to excellence through diversity, and encourages applications from qualified persons of color, women, persons with disabilities, military veterans and members of other under-represented groups. Colby complies with Title IX, which prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in an institution’s education programs and activities. Questions regarding Title IX may be referred to Colby’s Title IX coordinator or to the federal Office of Civil Rights. For more information about the College, please visit our website: www.colby.edu

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