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Visiting Assistant Professor – Linguistic Anthropology

University of South Carolina, Department of Anthropology
Columbia, South Carolina
Closing date
Jun 25, 2022

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Position Type
Non-Tenure Track
Linguistic Anthropology
Full Time
Organization Type
Level of Experience
Any level of experience considered

Job Details

The Department of Anthropology at the University of South Carolina invites applicants for a Visiting Assistant Professorship in linguistic anthropology beginning August 16, 2022. We seek applicants who have conducted ethnographically grounded research with a commitment to social justice (which includes sociolinguistic justice), and whose theoretical and methodological approach to the study of language complements the existing expertise of faculty within the Department of Anthropology well as in the Interdepartmental Linguistics Graduate Program. Geographical area and language(s) of specialization are open. Successful candidates must demonstrate an ability to teach courses from introductory to advanced levels courses in linguistic anthropology (undergraduate and graduate) and be comfortable offering topical undergraduate courses that articulate well with our four field training in anthropology. 


Minimum Qualifications

•  We seek candidates with a Ph.D. by the start date of the appointment with training in linguistic anthropology, preferably in an anthropology program, although applicants trained in linguistic anthropology within a linguistics program or closely related program will also be considered.
•  Demonstrated inclusive excellence teaching linguistic anthropology to undergraduate students.
•  Experience teaching issues that concern diversity and inequality.


Preferred Qualifications

•    Expertise in either collaboration-based, antiracist, or anticolonial teaching practices.
•    Experience teaching courses that scaffold methods for qualitative data collection, analysis, and writing.
•    Commitment to teaching and/or mentoring first-generation, non-traditional, and BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Color) and LGBTQIA+ college students.


Appointment Terms

This is a nine-month, non-tenure-track position to begin August 16, 2022. The teaching load is 2:2 (i.e. two 3-credit courses per semester), with the expectation of light service and undergraduate advising in Anthropology. The salary for this position is $60,000. The appointment is for one-year, renewable for a second year based on Dean’s approval, satisfactory performance, departmental needs, and the availability of funding.  

The Department of Anthropology is highly committed to both undergraduate and graduate instruction and mentoring, offering programs leading to bachelors, masters, and Ph.D. degrees. For more information about the Department, please visit The program provides all students grounding in four field anthropology. The department is also committed to furthering social justice initiatives, incorporating anti-racist methodologies into teaching and research programs.  
The University of South Carolina ( is a globally recognized, high-impact research university committed to a superior student experience and dedicated to innovation in learning, research and community engagement. Founded in 1801, the university offers more than 300 degree programs and is a top-tier Carnegie Foundation research institution. More than 50,000 students are enrolled at one of 20 locations throughout the state, including the research campus in Columbia. With 60 nationally ranked academic programs including top-ranked programs in international business, the nation’s best honors college and distinguished programs in engineering, law, medicine, public health and the arts, the university is helping to build healthier, more educated communities in South Carolina and around the world.

The University of South Carolina is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer. The University of South Carolina does not discriminate in educational or employment opportunities on the basis of race, sex, gender, gender identity, transgender status, age, color, religion, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, genetics, protected veteran status, pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions.


To Apply

All applicants must fill out an online application through the University’s online employment system “USC Jobs” at Candidates must upload the following application materials:

  • A cover letter
  • Curriculum vitae
  • A sample syllabus on language, culture & society
  • Teaching statement (including teaching philosophy, teaching experience, commitment to effective and inclusive learning, concepts for new course development, etc.)
  • The names of three referees with contact information.

Inquiries may be directed to the Department Chair, Jennifer Reynolds, at 

Screening of applications will begin June 1, 2022 and will continue until the position is filled.


When you study anthropology, you'll have the opportunity to conduct research and fieldwork locally and abroad. Through our interdisciplinary approach to anthropological archaeology (prehistoric and historic), as well as cultural, linguistic and biological anthropology, you’ll learn to appreciate cultural and biological diversity. 

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