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Assistant Professor of Anthropology

Purdue University, Department of Anthropology
West Lafayette, Indiana
To Be Negotiated
Closing date
Nov 1, 2022

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Biological Anthropology, Cultural Anthropology
Full Time
Medical Anthropology, Science and Technology Studies
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Job Title: Assistant Professor of Anthropology

Job Summary
Job Summary: Purdue University’s Department of Anthropology is seeking to fill two in-residence, tenure track Assistant Professor positions focusing on science, technology, and society (STS), to begin August 2023. The successful candidates will join a vibrant department whose Anthropologies of Tomorrow (AOT) initiative embraces publicly engaged and interdisciplinary/transdisciplinary scholarship that includes community partnerships, racial and social justice, and preparation of students for diverse and impactful careers. Purdue’s Department of Anthropology is located within the College of Liberal Arts and offers B.A., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees.
We seek two dynamic scholars with promising records of publication and funding, active research agendas, teaching and mentoring experience, a commitment to diversity and inclusion, and the application of Anthropology to humanity’s grand challenges. Strongest consideration will be given to scholarship that attends to issues including culture, risk, equity, justice, ethics and policy, as they intersect with Science and Technology specialties including:
• knowledge production, innovation and/or technologies
• environment and infrastructures
• health, medical technologies, and well-being
• big data, artificial intelligence and machine learning and/or cyber security

Additional Information
In addressing contemporary issues and grand challenges, Purdue Anthropologists collaborate with colleagues in Liberal Arts, and participate in numerous Research Centers at Discovery Park and beyond. Preference will be given to candidates who can contribute expertise to the Advanced Methods at Purdue program through research that utilizes cutting- edge social science research methods and tools and show an interest and ability to link to related research and education programs on campus.

Position Responsibilities
Both positions require high impact research and publications, publicly engaged work, mentoring of undergraduate and graduate students, departmental service and teaching two courses per semester. The courses will be split between departmental graduate and undergraduate courses and foundational first-year courses in Cornerstone, Purdue’s integrated Liberal Arts certificate program. The successful candidates will be expected to teach broad sociocultural or biocultural courses and specialty courses in STS and related areas. Our new colleagues will contribute to furthering interest in Anthropology courses and degree programs, and cross-college collaborations to engage students with broad interests. We particularly seek individuals whose research, teaching and/or service has prepared them to contribute to our
commitment to creating diverse, equitable, and inclusive environments in the classroom, department, university, and communities.

The College and University
The College of Liberal Arts at Purdue University is embarking upon 45 faculty searches for positions to begin in Fall 2023. These positions will advance research within and across disciplines, and intersect with technology, data science, and engineering in relevant and important ways. These positions include teaching in our innovative, nationally-recognized Cornerstone Integrated Liberal Arts Program that educates students across the university.
Purdue University, located in West Lafayette, Indiana, is one hour from Indianapolis and two hours from Chicago. As a public, research intensive, PhD granting institution, the University has over 44,000 students and 16,700 employees. Purdue has the fourth highest enrollment of international students among public U.S. universities, with more than 9,000 international undergraduate, professional, and graduate students. Purdue University is strongly committed to a thriving and diverse campus community supported by our Office of Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging resource centers and campus organizations.

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Education and Experience

Qualifications: A PhD in Anthropology or closely related discipline is required at the time of appointment, as a key aspect of promotion and tenure will be tied to scholarship, teaching, and engagement in Anthropology as well as connecting fields. Broad knowledge of and/or experience with career opportunities in academic and non-academic domains is essential. Teaching experience in Anthropology is highly desired.

Application Procedure
Applications must include a Curriculum Vitae, contact information for three references, and a cover letter. The cover letter should address 1) research and funding experience in areas relating to Science and Technology Studies, 2) interest and ability to develop collaborative work and cross-disciplinary partnerships 3) teaching experience, 4) mentorship of students for diverse careers, and 5) interest in and potential contributions to our Anthropologies of Tomorrow strategic vision.
Purdue University, the College of Liberal Arts, and the Department of Anthropology are committed to advancing diversity in all areas of faculty effort, including discovery, instruction, and engagement. Candidates are encouraged to address in their cover letter how they are prepared to contribute to a climate that values diversity and inclusion.
Purdue University, the College of Liberal Arts, and the Department of Anthropology are committed to free and open inquiry in all matters. Candidates are encouraged to address in their cover letter how they are prepared to contribute to a climate that values free inquiry and academic freedom.
Application materials must be submitted electronically via . Review of applications will begin October 01, 2022 and continue until the position is filled. A background check is required for employment in this position. Questions should be addressed to the Department Head, Dr. Melissa Remis (

EOE/AA Employer
Purdue University is an EOE/AA employer. All individuals, including minorities, women, individuals with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply.


Purdue University is a large land-grant University, enrolling approximately 38,000 students per year at the main West Lafayette campus. West Lafayette is approximately one hour north of Indianapolis and two hours southeast of Chicago. Purdue's Department of Anthropology is located within The College of Liberal Arts. It currently has 15 full-time faculty and offers BA, MS and PhD degrees (

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