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Tenure-Track Assistant Professor

Wayne State University, Dept of Anthropology
Detroit, Michigan
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Sep 16, 2022

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Tenure-Track Assistant Professor

Biocultural Anthropologist

Departments of Anthropology and Public Health

Position Description

The Departments of Anthropology and Public Health at Wayne State University invite applications for a Biocultural Anthropologist to be appointed as a full-time, tenure-track Assistant Professor beginning in August 2023. The hire will be jointly appointed (50/50) in Anthropology and Public Health, with a tenure home in the Department of Anthropology. This search is one of two concurrent hires in the Department of Anthropology. Topical areas of interest may include but are not limited to: biological and health impacts of poverty or racism; global and/or public health; human adaptations among diverse populations; reproductive health, stress, and environment. Geographic area is open.


Applicants should show promise of excellence in scholarship, including the potential for funded research. Teaching responsibilities (2:2) will include graduate level courses in anthropology and undergraduate level courses in public health and anthropology. We are particularly interested in candidates whose research expertise complements those of the faculty in the Departments of Anthropology and Public Health and intersects with topics of broad anthropological significance. The department and college will prioritize candidates whose scholarship and lived experience advances the university’s commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion. A PhD in Anthropology, Public Health, or closely related social science discipline is required by the start of the appointment in August 2023.

Candidates should apply via Applicants will provide (1) a cover letter discussing research plans and accomplishments, as well as experiences with teaching and mentoring students from diverse backgrounds; (2) a curriculum vitae with contact information for three professional references; and (3) a diversity statement that demonstrates commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion in research, teaching, and service. Priority will be given to candidates who apply by August 31, 2022.

Department and University Settings

The successful candidate will join two vibrant academic units collectively dedicated to addressing inequalities in global and local settings. Faculty in the Departments of Anthropology and Public Health have achieved national and international reputations for excellence in their respective fields of research, which include global health, gender and reproductive health, food security, inequities among immigrant and diaspora communities, infectious diseases, environmental determinants of health, and life-course studies. Faculty in both departments are committed to incorporating their international research locally through community-based initiatives and collaborations with vulnerable, underserved, and urban populations, especially in Detroit.

Located in the heart of Midtown Detroit, Wayne State University is one of the nation’s preeminent public research universities. It among a handful of institutions to be recognized nationally as both a Carnegie Research Intensive (R1) and a Community Engaged University. Wayne State is home to the most diverse student body in Michigan. To support faculty development and retention Wayne State offers a collegial environment, supportive mentoring programs, research funding opportunities, state-of-the-art facilities, several Institutes, Centers, and hospitals to facilitate interdisciplinary research, and access to collaborators in communities and universities across southeast Michigan and neighboring southern Ontario.

The University is an Affirmative Action Recruiter/Equal Opportunity Employer, and qualified candidates from historically underrepresented minority groups are particularly encouraged to apply. A summary of faculty benefits is available at

To Apply


Job ID: 046595

Questions about this search may be directed to Search Committee Chair, Dr. Stephen Chrisomalis,


Founded in 1868, Wayne State University is a nationally recognized comprehensive, urban research university offering more than 370 academic programs through 13 schools and colleges to nearly 28,000 students. Wayne State's main campus in Midtown Detroit comprises 100 buildings over 200 acres including the School of Medicine, the Eugene Applebaum College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences and the College of Nursing. Wayne State University is one of three universities in Michigan with the Carnegie classification of institutions with "very high research activity." WSU is home to the Perinatology Research Branch of the National Institutes of Health and the Karmanos Cancer Institute, a National Cancer Institute-designated comprehensive cancer center. The IBio initiative also includes programmatic expertise and opportunities in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, the College of Engineering, the School of Law, School of Social Work and the School of Business Administration as well as additional schools, colleges, centers and institutes.
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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