Assistant Professor, Anthropology of Formative Education (and its Sociocultural Foundations)

Boston College, Lynch School of Education and Human Development
Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts
Closing date
Oct 27, 2021

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General Anthropology, Cultural Anthropology
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The Lynch School of Education and Human Development at Boston College announces a tenure track position at the Assistant Professor level. We seek a colleague whose scholarship emphasizes a broad vision of education and human development that encompasses the transformation of the whole person in social context – including ethical, emotional, intellectual, physical, spiritual and/or interpersonal dimensions. The position is in anthropology, understood as one of the foundational humanistic disciplines of educational thought. The candidate could be appointed to any of the departments in the Lynch School, depending on specific areas of expertise. The successful applicant will have an active research program that is related to the holistic dimensions of education and human development, grounded in the discipline of anthropology, engages with contemporary educational and social theory, and is oriented to traditions of humanistic educational thought. 

Priority will be given to applicants who have an established program of scholarship, who have an interest in and ability to communicate their work to broader publics as well as among scholarly peers, and whose work will contribute to innovation across the Lynch School.

What unifies our work is the aspiration to enhance the human condition, to expand the human imagination, and to make the world more just. Review of applications will begin November 10, 2021, and continue until the position is filled.

Qualifications: The successful applicant will have disciplinary grounding in anthropology. Additional expertise in history, philosophy, and/or ethics would be an advantage. Expertise in qualitative research methods, especially ethnography, is highly desirable. Research experience working in a language other than English, outside the U.S. or in transnational contexts, is also desirable.

To apply, please submit a letter of interest, curriculum vitae, three samples of scholarly writing, evidence of successful teaching, and three letters of reference by uploading to: Materials are due November 10, 2021. For further information contact the search chair, Dr. Christopher Higgins [].

Boston College is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer. In concert with our Jesuit, Catholic mission, Boston College is dedicated to the goal of building a culturally diverse and pluralistic faculty and staff committed to teaching and working in a multicultural environment. Boston College strongly encourages applications from women, minorities, individuals with disabilities, and veterans.


To enhance the human condition, expand the human imagination, and make the world more just—that’s the mission driving the work of our faculty and students.

We put our mission into action through teaching, research, and service—informing policy, improving practice, and preparing students to serve diverse populations in a variety of roles.

And we define education expansively—as an opportunity to shape the future of humanity and our society. Toward that end, the Carolyn A. and Peter S. Lynch School of Education and Human Development employs the Jesuit, Catholic holistic approach to student formation: We educate our students as whole people so they, in turn, can empower others to prosper and lead full lives.

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