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Assistant Professor in Medical Anthropology

Fort Lewis College, Department of Anthropology
Durango, Colorado
The salary is $58,000 plus a comprehensive benefits package.
Closing date
Dec 10, 2021

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Position Type
Cultural Anthropology
Full Time
Medical Anthropology
Organization Type
Level of Experience
Any level of experience considered
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Job Details

Position Summary 

This is a full-time, nine-month, tenure-track position, in the Anthropology department. The primary responsibility of this position is to teach anthropology courses (typically seven 3-credit courses per year), and the secondary responsibilities are to produce research in anthropology and serve students in the anthropology program and the wider campus. The anticipated start date is August 2022. 

Minimum Qualifications 

  • Ph.D. in Anthropology by the time of appointment 
  • A demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and student success, as well as working with broadly diverse communities  

Preferred Qualifications 

  • Expertise in public health (Indigenous and/or community health) and cultural perceptions of disease   Teaching or research experience in two or more of the following: mental health, psychological anthropology, health disparities, anthropology of disability, gerontology, and biocultural anthropology   Skills or experience that will complement current departmental strengths and expand our interdisciplinary course offerings, as well as build on college-wide strengths in experiential and innovative pedagogies  

Major Responsibilities 

  • Teach core disciplinary courses, medical anthropology, anthropological methods, applied anthropology, and a willingness to teach courses in Liberal Arts Core/Gen Ed and other interdisciplinary programs    Maintain an active research agenda in anthropology, including peer-reviewed publications and presentations     Serve students in various capacities (e.g. advising, mentoring, directing student research projects, working with student clubs, etc.)     Contribute to service in the department, college, and profession  Demonstrate a commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and student success, as well as working with broadly diverse communities   
  • Maintains knowledge and awareness of digital accessibility including the American with Disabilities Act and Section 508  Produces and remediates digitally accessible materials in accordance with FLC standards  Perform other duties as assigned  

Work Conditions 

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those that an employee can expect while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.  

  • Moderate noise (i.e. business office with computers, phone, and printers, light traffic).   Ability to work in a confined area.   Ability to sit at a computer terminal for an extended period of time.  



The salary is $58,000 plus a comprehensive benefits package.  The anticipated start date is in August 2022.   

Application Process 
A complete application packet includes: 

  • Cover letter addressing interest and qualifications for position 
  • Include details regarding how your course design and personal and professional experiences allow you to encourage a learning environment grounded in equity and inclusion.  “How do you envision contributing to Fort Lewis College’s commitment to equity and inclusion?” 
  • Curriculum vitae  Names and contact information for three current, professional references 

Submit materials as one PDF file via email to: 


Application materials received by December 12, 2021, will receive full consideration. 

Position will remain open until filled. 


The successful candidate will be required to submit original, official college transcripts,  

and pass a background check. 


The College and the Community  

Fort Lewis College, a public institution located in Durango, Colorado, offers degree programs in arts, business, education, health fields, humanities, social and natural sciences, and teacher education. Our inspiring mountain campus is located atop a scenic mesa overlooking historic Durango and situated between the San Juan Mountains and the desert Southwest. We are committed to accessible and high-quality baccalaureate education, and our hallmarks are remarkably close relationships between students and faculty, the freedom of intellectual exploration, and the challenge of experiential learning. Our 3,300 students come from 48 states, 17 countries, with 36% Native American and Alaska Native backgrounds, and 11% Hispanic backgrounds. Durango is a thriving multicultural community of 18,500 set along the beautiful Animas River Valley. Averaging 300 sunny days per year, the community is known for its outdoor lifestyle and friendly, festive atmosphere. Durango is also the cultural and economic hub of the Four Corners region, rich in dining, shopping, and entertainment, and linked with airline service to hubs in Denver, Phoenix, and Dallas. 

Equal Opportunity  

Fort Lewis College does not discriminate on the basis of race, age, color, religion, national origin, sex*, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, family or domestic status, political beliefs, veteran status, pregnancy, or genetic information. Accordingly, equal opportunity for employment shall be extended to all persons. The College shall promote equal opportunity, equal treatment, and affirmative action efforts to increase the diversity of students, faculty, and staff. The College is dedicated to building a culturally diverse and pluralistic faculty and staff committed to teaching and working in a multicultural environment. 



To file a report, get resources, read policies, or make an appointment, See

Questions about Title IX sex discrimination? 

Office of the Title 9 Coordinator 

Molly Wieser 

230 Skyhawk Station 

1000 Rim Drive 

Durango, Colorado 81301 

(970) 247-7241 

Other discrimination questions?  

Office of the Equal Opportunity Coordinator 

David Pirrone 

192 Education Business Hall 

1000 Rim Drive 

Durango, Colorado 81301 

(970) 247-7182 

  * Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 and Part 106 of the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) prohibit discrimination on the basis of sex, including in admission and employment. Inquiries about the application of Title IX and CFR 106 to Fort Lewis College may be directed to FLC's Title IX Coordinator and/or to the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights of the Department of Education. 

ADAA Accommodations  

Any person with a disability as defined by the ADA Amendments Act of 2008 (ADAAA) may be provided a reasonable accommodation upon request to enable the person to complete an employment assessment. To request an accommodation, please contact Kristin Polens by phone 970-247-7459 or email at least five business days before the assessment date to allow us to evaluate your request and prepare for the accommodation. You may be asked to provide additional information, including medical documentation, regarding functional limitations and type of accommodation needed. Please ensure that you have this information available well in advance of the assessment date. 


Fort Lewis College is a 4-year state-supported liberal arts college. The student population of about 4,000 is diverse, with 19% Native American and 5% Hispanic students. The Department of Anthropology is an independent department located in the Center for Southwest Studies where it shares space and program interests with the Department of Environmental Studies, the Program in Native American and Indigenous Studies, and the Office of Community Services. Faculty are given a complete range of employment benefits.

The following information is provided by the employer in accordance with AAA policy. AAA is not responsible for verifying the accuracy of these statements. They are not part of the actual position description submitted for publication by the employer.

  • This employer does prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation/preference.
  • This employer does prohibit discrimination based on gender identity/expression.
  • This employer does offer health insurance benefits to eligible partners.
  • This employer does not appear on the AAUP list of censured institutions.
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