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Associate / Assistant Professor - Cultural Anthropology, Fall 2022

University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Department of Anthropology
Knoxville, Tennessee
Closing date
Dec 26, 2021

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Cultural Anthropology
Full Time
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Position Description

The Department of Anthropology at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville seeks a full-time tenure-track cultural anthropologist, at the level of Associate Professor, to begin August 1st, 2022. Advanced Assistant Professors who are close to being promoted to Associate Professor are also eligible to apply. The successful candidate will have an active research and teaching agenda whose work is committed to theoretical and methodological rigor in cultural, social or socio-cultural anthropology and focused on the theme of displacement, broadly defined. Desired areas of specialization include, but are not limited to, material dispossession, structural violence and inequality, war, migration (including that caused by environmental injustice), genocide, and climate catastrophe.  


We require that the Ph.D. be in hand at the time of appointment.  Black, Indigenous, or other candidates of color from historically underrepresented and marginalized groups are especially encouraged to apply.  The successful candidate’s research and teaching will contribute to frameworks such as critical race theory, decolonization, feminist theory, queer theory, political economy and other related bodies of thought, complementing current departmental strengths. The department is especially interested in candidates whose work brings together a concern with power and violence on the one hand, with a focus on resistance and change on the other. Geographical focus is open and we especially welcome applications from candidates working in under-represented areas or scholars whose research is situated in the American South, or in Appalachia.  The successful candidate will be expected to teach courses that engage cultural anthropological approaches to power, including inquiries into race, colonization, labor, gender and sexuality, as well as courses that explicitly center the problem of displacement.  The candidate will have a 2/2 teaching load, which will also include mentoring and advising graduate and undergraduate students, along with expectations for active research, and departmental, college, university and professional service.  The Knoxville campus of the University of Tennessee is seeking candidates who have the ability to contribute in meaningful ways to the diversity and intercultural goals of the University.

Application Instructions

All interested applicants must use the following portal to submit a completed application:  Each completed application must include a Cover Letter, CV, and contact information for three references.  Please contact Dr. Jan Simek, Chair, Cultural Search Committee, Department of Anthropology, University of Tennessee, Knoxville (, with any questions. Review of applications will begin November 15th and will continue until the position is filled.   We will have representatives at the American Anthropological Association meetings between Nov 18th-22nd, 2021 in Baltimore, MD.


Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

All qualified applicants will receive equal consideration for employment and admission without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, pregnancy, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, physical or mental disability, genetic information, veteran status, and parental status, or any other characteristic protected by federal or state law. In accordance with the requirements of Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, the University of Tennessee affirmatively states that it does not discriminate on the basis of race, sex, or disability in its education programs and activities, and this policy extends to employment by the university. Inquiries and charges of violation of Title VI (race, color, and national origin), Title IX (sex), Section 504 (disability), the ADA (disability), the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (age), sexual orientation, or veteran status should be directed to the Office of Equity and Diversity, 1840 Melrose Avenue, Knoxville, TN 37996-3560, telephone 865-974-2498. Requests for accommodation of a disability should be directed to the ADA Coordinator at the Office of Equity and Diversity.


Anthropology (literally the study of humans) is an extremely broad and diverse field concerned with every aspect of the human condition: past, present and future. Students studying Anthropology at the University of Tennessee learn of this breadth and diversity by taking courses in Cultural, Biological and Archaeological Anthropology. Research conducted by the faculty and graduate students of the Department is as wide-ranging (both topically and geographically) as the field itself.

Our research, supported by major funding agencies, is presented at scholarly conferences and published in highly-respected journals and academic presses. We share our knowledge with the public through a range of academic outreach efforts. Our faculty maintain on-going collaborations with a range of organizations spanning public and private sectors, international agencies, non-governmental and community organizations.

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  • This employer does prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation/preference.
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