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Assistant Professor - Medical Anthropology

University of Oklahoma Department of Anthropology
Norman, Oklahoma
Closing date
Jan 24, 2022

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Cultural Anthropology
Full Time
Medical Anthropology
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The University of Oklahoma is engaged in a projected multi-year cluster hire to expand expertise in cancer research on the Norman campus to support of the mission of the University’s Stephenson Cancer Center (which has faculty at both our Norman campus and at the nearby Oklahoma City Health Sciences Center). Complementing recent growth at the Health Sciences Center, this year we will be adding new faculty lines in Anthropology, Economics, and Social Work on the Norman campus. These individuals will join the Cancer Prevention and Control Program at Stephenson Cancer Center and will be expected to work to develop funded research to improve cancer outcomes. The Stephenson Cancer Center provides a rich environment in which to develop a research career, including seed funding, shared resources, and established excellence in community-based cancer prevention and control research.

The appointment in Anthropology will be made at the rank of Assistant Professor, to begin on August 16, 2022. The ideal candidate will be experienced in the use of ethnography to investigate the social determinants of health and/or the experience of cancer care. We are particularly interested in scholars who focus on the ways racial and/or class inequalities intersect with the risk for and experience of cancer. The successful candidate will also be expected to demonstrate a strong foundation in anthropological theory and a record of scholarly excellence. Geographic area is open. Teaching load is 2/2, but we expect the faculty member to buy out of some teaching through grant support. The department’s faculty represents the four fields of the discipline and this new hire will ideally help to integrate teaching and research across the sub-disciplines, while contributing to existing strengths in medical anthropology, Native American and Indigenous Studies (NAIS), and collaborative community-based research. We strongly encourage women and scholars from historically underrepresented groups to apply.

The University of Oklahoma (OU) is a Carnegie-R1 comprehensive public research university known for excellence in teaching, research, and community engagement, serving the educational, cultural, economic and health-care needs of the state, region, and nation from three campuses: Norman, Health Sciences Center in Oklahoma City and the Schusterman Center in Tulsa. OU enrolls over 30,000 students and has more than 2700 full-time faculty members in 21 colleges. In Fall 2021, approximately 25% of OU’s freshmen were first-generation students, 38% of all students belonged to a minority race/ethnicity and 3% were international.


Applicants must have a Ph.D. in sociocultural anthropology in hand by start date, and an established record of high-quality research and publications. The selected candidate will be expected to teach both undergraduate and graduate courses, develop a strong funded research program, direct graduate research, demonstrate evidence of successful research productivity, and exhibit a commitment to service to the department, cancer center, university, and discipline. 

Application Instructions Please submit a cover letter detailing research and teaching expertise, a C.V., one article-length writing sample, and the names and contact information for three references to Review of applications will begin January 10, 2022 and continue until position is filled. Questions about application submissions should be directed to Department Chair Asa Randall, Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

The University of Oklahoma, in compliance with all applicable federal and state laws and regulations does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, genetic information, gender identity, gender expression, age, religion, disability, political beliefs, or status as a veteran in any of its policies, practices, or procedures. This includes, but is not limited to:  admissions, employment, financial aid, housing, services in educational programs or activities, or health care services that the University operates or provides.

Diversity Statement 

 The University of Oklahoma is committed to achieving a diverse, equitable and inclusive university community by recognizing each person's unique contributions, background, and perspectives. The University of Oklahoma strives to cultivate a sense of belonging and emotional support for all, recognizing that fostering an inclusive environment for all is vital in the pursuit of academic and inclusive excellence in all aspects of our institutional mission.

Vaccination Statement 

The University of Oklahoma complies with the Federal COVID-19 vaccine requirement for all employees. All current and future employees must provide proof of full vaccination or request an accommodation for exemption from the Federal requirement. For detailed information regarding this requirement, visit





The main campus of the University of Oklahoma is in Norman, Oklahoma, 30 minutes from Oklahoma City and in proximity to Oklahoma’s 39 federally recognized tribal nations. OU is a R1 research institution with over 21,000 undergraduate students; its campus is ranked among the top 25 most beautiful in the US.

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