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Assistant or Associate Professor

Temple University, Department of Anthropology
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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Jan 18, 2022

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Assistant or Associate Professor of Indigenous Studies

Temple University’s Department of Anthropology seeks a scholar of Indigenous Studies at the rank of either tenure-track assistant or associate professor. This individual can be from any subdiscipline within Anthropology, and should hold a PhD in Anthropology, Indigenous Studies, Native American Studies, or other related field.  While the subdiscipline of the candidate is open, the successful candidate should be firmly grounded in anthropological theory, be able to demonstrate the way that their specific research interest(s) fit with one of the two themes in the department: Mobility and Global Inequality or Evolution and Human Environments, and demonstrate the way that their research or professional goals enhance the Temple Anthropology Laboratory and Museum (TALM). This might include previous museum or large research laboratory experience or in the case of junior scholars, training or theoretical perspectives (e.g., decolonization; indigenous worldviews and knowledge production) that will allow them to support the TALM in this way.  Candidates must demonstrate a strong commitment to research including efforts to obtain external funding.

Temple University is a state-related Carnegie Research University (very high research activity) located in Philadelphia. The College of Liberal Arts is home to 32 undergraduate majors, 32 minors, 23 certificate programs and 15 graduate degree programs. With its vibrant and diverse array of educational programs, the College of Liberal Arts plays a tremendous role in Temple University’s academic success and its mission mirrors the historical importance of the liberal arts in society.

Requirements include a Ph.D. at time of appointment, and a strong record of research and teaching experience. Preference will be given to candidates whose training, doctoral research, and experience is firmly integrated with and informed by indigenous people.   The application should include 1) a letter with detailed description of research and teaching interests; 2) curriculum vitae with contact information for three references; 3) one or two article-length examples of published research-based scholarly work; and 4) a statement on the experience the candidate has collaborating with indigenous people(s)  and how this informs their practice of anthropology. Applications should be submitted via Interfolio (  If you do not have a dossier account with Interfolio, you will be prompted to create a free account prior to applying for the position.

Review of applications will begin January 10, 2022 and continue until the position is filled.  COVID-19 vaccinations are required for employment at Temple University, unless granted a religious or medical exemption (see Temple University is an Affirmative Action equal opportunity employer and particularly encourages applications from women, persons of color, veterans, and persons with disabilities.


Studying anthropology helps build the creative thinking and critical analysis needed to solve complex problems. We teach cross-cultural understanding, interdisciplinary connection, and computational and analytical skills. With our training, you’ll be able to connect on a deeper level with people from many linguistic and geographical backgrounds and generate key insights into how people make sense and meaning in their worlds.

Anthropology is the study of human origins, development and diversity. Anthropologists explore the ways in which people understand and adapt to living in a variety of settings, ranging from urban environments to rural villages, all over the world and across time. Anthropologists are interested in investigating such questions as: What does it mean to be human? What are the historical, social, political, economic and environmental pressures that have helped shape the experiences of particular groups of people? How do human beings interact with the physical environment? Does the language that one speaks affect the ways in which one thinks and experiences the world? Anthropology at Temple is organized according to two thematic areas of anthropology: evolution and human environments and mobility and global inequality. These two areas of concentration allow us to offer students the tools they will need to work and thrive in an increasingly multicultural and multilingual globalized world.

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