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Tenure-Track Assistant Professor of Cultural Anthropology

James Madison University, Department of Sociology & Anthropology
Harrisonburg, Virginia
Commensurate with Experience
Closing date
Oct 14, 2022

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Cultural Anthropology
Full Time
Applied Anthropology
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Level of Experience
Any level of experience considered
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Tenure-Track Assistant Professor of Cultural Anthropology

The Department of Sociology and Anthropology at James Madison University invites applications for a tenure-track position in cultural anthropology at the rank of Assistant Professor to begin August 2023. Area of specialization is open, but we are particularly interested in candidates whose teaching and research include race and ethnicity, public health, applied anthropology, and/or social or environmental justice. Preference given for candidates who do not replicate the geographic focuses of existing faculty.

The Department of Sociology and Anthropology consists of 22 full-time faculty, 13 in Sociology and 9 in Anthropology. The Anthropology program is committed to four-field undergraduate teaching. The faculty are active in professional fields at the national and international level and are dedicated to excellence in undergraduate education.

The College of Arts and Letters, in which the Department of Sociology and Anthropology is located, enrolls over 3400 undergraduate majors and about 150 graduate students across ten academic units in the humanities, social sciences, and communication studies.  Home to several interdisciplinary centers and institutes, the College employs 270 full-time faculty.  It is a university leader in student and faculty diversity and belonging and has made significant faculty investments in racial and social justice, Latinx studies, and African-American studies. It embraces the teacher-scholar model, supporting excellent teaching, innovative service, and strong programs of research and creative inquiry across the disciplines. The College provides rich opportunities for faculty to collaborate across the College and the entire university.

The hiring for this position aligns with JMU’s commitment to faculty diversity and advances its commitment to an anti-racist agenda throughout Academic Affairs. We particularly encourage applications from candidates whose teaching and research intersect with the College of Arts and Letters’ programs in African, African American, and Diaspora Studies (AAAD), Latin American, Latinx, and Caribbean Studies (LAXC), and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies (WGSS).

Duties and Responsibilities:

Teaching duties include an introductory course in cultural anthropology, upper-level courses in the candidate’s area(s) of specialization, ethnographic research methods, and a course related to race and ethnicity.


A Ph.D. by time of appointment is preferred. We are especially interested in candidates who have a demonstrated commitment towards building an equitable and diverse scholarly environment. Candidates must demonstrate their potential to teach in both small and large classroom settings and to maintain active scholarly research programs.

Candidates will complete a faculty application and submit a curriculum vitae and a cover letter. The cover letter should include a discussion of the candidate’s research interests, teaching experience and philosophy. 

To learn more and to apply, go to and reference posting F1967 or go to Review of completed applications will begin October 14, 2022 and continue until the position is filled. For more information regarding the position contact the search chair, Dr. Megan Tracy ( Salary is commensurate with experience.

James Madison University is committed to creating and supporting a diverse and inclusive work and educational community that is free of all forms of discrimination. This institution does not tolerate discrimination or harassment on the basis of age, color, disability, gender identity or expression, genetic information, national origin, parental status, political affiliation, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation or veteran status We promote access, inclusion and diversity for all students, faculty, staff, constituents and programs, believing that these qualities are foundational components of an outstanding education in keeping with our mission. The university is interested in candidates whose experience and qualifications support an ongoing commitment to this core quality Anyone having questions concerning discrimination should contact the Office for Equal Opportunity: (540) 568-6991.

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