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Tenure Track in Anthropology

Cal Poly Pomona, Department of Geography & Anthropology
Pomona, California
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Jan 5, 2022

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Tenure Track Faculty Position in Anthropology With anemphasis in Black and/or Indigenous Studies College of Letters, Arts, and Social Sciences


The Department of Geography and Anthropology invites applications for a Tenure-Track Assistant Professor in Anthropology with a focus on community-based research in Black and/or Indigenous studies in what is now the United States, with training or scholarship in ethnic studies. Candidates should have existing or evidence of future research and teaching expertise in at least one of the following areas: race, racialization and/or racial formation, African American and Diaspora studies, settler colonialism, anti-racist anthropology, citizenship, sovereignty or related areas. By opening this call to Black and/or Indigenous studies, we are not conflating what may be disparate struggles and experiences. We encourage applicants whose work may draw from and contribute to either or bothof these fields and be able to advance new lines of scholarship in any of anthropology’s four subfields. The position requires excellence in teaching and advising, professional and scholarly achievements, and service to the department, university, and community. Faculty members will teach courses in the Anthropology curriculum in their areas of specialty and will contribute to our General Education offerings in Area F (Ethnic Studies). The successful candidate will demonstrate a commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion in relation to race, ethnicity, gender, class, age, religion, disability, documentation status, and sexuality.


California State Polytechnic University, Pomona (Cal Poly Pomona) is one of two polytechnic universities in the 23-campus California State University system and among 11 such institutions nationwide. Since its founding in 1938, Cal Poly Pomona students participate in an integrative experiential learning education that is inclusive, relevant, and values diverse perspectives and experiences. With a variety of degree programs in the arts,humanities, sciences, engineering, and professional disciplines, the university is well known for its learn-by-doing approach and Teacher Scholar Model.


The university is noted for its scenic and historic 1,400-acre campus, which was once the winter ranch of cereal magnate W.K. Kellogg. We acknowledge that Cal Poly Pomona resides on the territorial and homelands of the Tongva and Tataavium people who are the traditional land caretakers of Tovaangar. The university’s nearly 30,000 students are taught and mentored by the campus’s more than 1,400 faculty as part of 54 baccalaureate and 29 master’s degree programs, 11 credential and certificate programs, and a doctorate in educationalleadership.


Highly regarded among its peer institutions, Cal Poly Pomona is No. 2 in the U.S. News and World Report rankings of top public regional universities in the west and was named the No. 15 best value college in the nation by Money Magazine. Cal Poly Pomona, a Hispanic-Serving Institution and an Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander-Serving Institution, stands as a national leader in promoting social mobility, and was placed among the 25 top institutions in the country in awarding bachelor’s degrees to minoritized students byDiverse Issues in Higher Education.



The Cal Poly Pomona campus is located less than 30 miles east of downtown Los Angeles at the intersection of Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside and San Bernardino counties. It is within an hour’s drive of beaches, mountains and deserts. For additional information about the university, please visit, and for more about faculty life, please see YourLife@CPP.


Student Population. California residents comprise the majority (96%) of applicants to undergraduate programs at Cal Poly Pomona – nearly half (49%) of new students were transfers in Fall 2020. 58% of Cal Poly Pomona students are first generation, 70% receive financial aid, and 44% qualify as Pell-eligible. The university enrolls a diverse student body that identifies as 49% Latinx, 21% Asian, 15% White, 3% Black, 5% International, 3% two or more races, 3% unknown and less than 1% Native Hawaiian or Native Pacific Islander and less than 1% Native American Indigenous. 39% of the student body were STEM majors with the top enrolled programs including psychology, mechanical engineering, civil engineering, biology and computer science.


Inclusive Excellence Criteria. We aspire to be the model inclusive polytechnic university in the nation. We have a strong commitment to inclusive excellence and to educational experiences that leverage the diverse perspectives and experiences needed to succeed and thrive in a diverse society.


Tenure track faculty hires will demonstrate a commitment and record of contributions through their teaching, scholarship, or service to these inclusive excellence criteria (a minimum of two must be addressed inthe Student Success Statement):


  1. Integrates the values of equity and inclusivity into their teaching, scholarship and/or service contributions with diverse student populations;
  1. Incorporates the contributions and struggles of historic ethnic minority groups and communities into their teaching, scholarly work, and/or service contributions;
  1. Adopts teaching strategies that supports the learning and success of students from diverse studentpopulations;
  1. Mentors and engages diverse student populations in discovery, scholarship, and creative activities;
  1. Engages students in problem-based projects and learning that address the needs of diversecommunities;
  1. Possesses knowledge of challenges and barriers for underrepresented students and faculty within thediscipline;
  1. Mentors and assists diverse student populations interested in pursuing graduate education;
  1. Engages in community-responsive action research or service with diverse student populations and communities;
  1. Has experience in or demonstrates a commitment to adopting experiential learning activities andpedagogy with diverse student populations and communities; and


  1. Has expertise in or demonstrated commitment to teaching, scholarship and/or service that contributes to access, diversity, and equal opportunity in higher education.

College Cal Poly Pomona's College of Letters, Arts, and Social Sciences (CLASS) brings to life a vibrant hands-on experience through disciplines in the humanities, performing arts, and social sciences. As the heart and soul of the campus, the College’s mission is to cultivate one’s intellectual development, ethical reasoning, and aesthetic sensibility to support creative and critical thinking in a dynamic world of competing challenges. We are a community diverse in backgrounds, expertise, and thought, committed to improving the human condition and to bettering the world. Our faculty, students, and staff are devoted to creating an inclusive environment where all can thrive through the College's programs, research activities, creative performances, community outreach, and signature experiences. Learn more about the College of Letters, Arts, and Social Sciences and our 11 distinct departments at


Department The Department of Geography and Anthropology consists of eight tenured/tenure-track faculty, divided evenly between Anthropology and Geography. The department offers Bachelor of Science degrees in Geography and Anthropology. The Anthropology degree program offers three options: general anthropology, appliedanthropology, and archaeology.


Our majors in anthropology are over 70% female and 58% URM, while our Geography majors are 41% female and 56% URM. Geography and Anthropology faculty embody the teacher scholar model through active mentorship of undergraduate student research, teaching excellence grounded within a critical framework that takes equity and inclusivity as a core value. Our faculty are also active leaders, serving on college and campus wide committees that promote inclusive excellence among our faculty ranks and student community. Interdisciplinary collaboration within the department and across campus is an important component of our culture which values collaboration, advocacy, equity inclusivity, and team work.


The new Anthropology faculty member will also be a part of the Ethnic Studies Affinity Faculty and will have the opportunity to engage with a new and permanent Office of Ethnic Studies Affinity Teaching and Scholarship. This is a space for collaboration across disciplines and methodological vantage points, mentorship, and professional development programming. The Ethnic Studies Affinity Faculty, and the resources to support them, are a key element of CPP’s ongoing efforts to ensure the flourishing of our diverse students and faculty and be the leading inclusive polytechnic university in the nation.


Minimum requirements:

  • Ph.D. in Anthropology by the time of appointment.
  • Evidence of ability to be successful at university teaching, either as teaching assistant or instructor ofrecord.
  • Active community-based research in Black and/or Indigenous studies in what is now the United States.
  • Ability to contribute to the diversity and excellence of the academic community through teaching, research,service, and fostering an inclusive environment.
  • Ability to develop and teach a general education course that meets the requirements for Area F Ethnic Studies courses


  • Ability to teach courses in area of specialization and support the department and its needs.
  • An active program of relevant research with student involvement.
  • Ability to serve as an advisor and research mentor to a diverse undergraduate and graduate studentbody.

Conditions of Employment:

The person offered this position is required to pass a background check.


Application Process:

  • cover letter that describes the candidate’s qualifications for the position, teaching philosophy, andresearch interests.
  • curriculum vitae comprised of at least those elements specified on the application form.
  • Student Success Statement about the candidate’s commitment to working with a diverse student population, including expertise and/or experiences in promoting educational equity (e.g., ethnic and racial diversity, socio-economic diversity, gender equity, inclusion of members of the LGBTQ community, religion, anddisabled people). Address at least two of the inclusive excellence criteria listed above. (2 pages maximum)
  • Names and contact information of 3-5 references.
  • completed application form.
  • Semi-finalists will be asked to submit three recent letters of recommendation (dated within the last 2 years). Semi-finalists will provide contact information for recommenders during the application process and thesystem will contact recommenders and provide a method for uploading letters.
  • Transcripts showing highest degree earned. Official transcripts will be required of finalists only.

Consideration of completed applications will begin on January 20, 2022 and continue until the position isfilled. The position is open until filled. Early response is highly encouraged.


To apply online: Please submit applications via Interfolio at

Please direct inquiries, nominations, and applications (electronic only) to: Dr. Claudia Garcia-Des Lauriers (search committee chair)



Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer California State Polytechnic University, Pomona is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Employer. The university seeks to recruit and retain a diverse workforce as a reflection of our commitment to serve the people of California, to maintain the excellence of the university, and to offer our students richly varied disciplines, perspectives, and ways of knowing. Cal Poly Pomona subscribes to all state and federal regulations and prohibits discrimination based on race, color, religion, national origin, sex, gender identity/gender expression, sexual orientation, marital status, pregnancy, age, disability, genetic information, medical condition, and covered veteran status. The university hires only individuals lawfully authorized to work in the United States. As required by the Clery Disclosure Act, the university prepares a public annual security report.



Welcome to the Department of Geography & Anthropology at Cal Poly Pomona. We currently offer Bachelor of Science degrees in two disciplines: Anthropology and Geography. The Anthropology Program aims at the scientific study of the peoples of the world, past and present, in the broadest possible sense: their total biological and cultural heritage. The program includes three options: General, Applied, and Archaeology. The Geography Program is designed to provide an understanding of humanity's cultural and physical environments by examining the dynamic systems (both natural and human) through which these diverse settings are changed or sustained. The program includes three tracks: General, Environmental Geography and Geospatial Analysis.

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  • This employer does prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation/preference.
  • This employer does prohibit discrimination based on gender identity/expression.
  • This employer does not offer health insurance benefits to eligible partners.
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