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Tenure Track Assistant Professor of Cultural Anthropology

Vassar College
Poughkeepsie, New York
Closing date
Oct 6, 2022

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Any level of experience considered

Vassar College


Tenure Track Assistant Professor of Cultural Anthropology


Department: Anthropology Department


Posting Number: F058P


For full consideration applicants should apply by: 10/14/2022


About Vassar College


Vassar is a highly selective, coeducational liberal arts college of about 2400 undergraduate students, located in the Hudson Valley, seventy-five miles north of New York City. Vassar stands upon the homelands of the Munsee Lenape. The College is located in Poughkeepsie, home to a culturally diverse community, and benefits from convenient commuter rail access to New York City. Vassar faculty are committed teachers/scholars who bring research and creative discovery to life for students in classrooms, labs, and studios and in individually-mentored projects. They teach broadly in the curricula of their departments, advise students, and serve on college-wide and departmental committees. The College maintains a generous leave policy, provides strong support for research, and encourages multidisciplinary approaches to teaching.


Position Introduction


The Department of Anthropology at Vassar College invites applications for a tenure-track position in cultural anthropology at the level of Assistant Professor to begin in August 2023.


AA Statement


Vassar College is deeply committed to increasing the diversity of the campus community and the curriculum, and to promoting an environment of equality, inclusion, and respect for difference. Candidates who can contribute to this goal through their teaching, research, advising, and other activities are encouraged to identify their strengths and experiences in this area. The College is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action employer, and especially welcomes applications from veterans, women, individuals with disabilities, and members of racial, ethnic, and other groups whose underrepresentation in the American professoriate has been severe and longstanding. 


Position Description


We seek a cultural anthropologist doing theoretically informed, community-engaged activist research. Publicly-engaged scholars in, for example, the anthropology of social movements, organizing, and activism; the anthropology of violence and displacement; the anthropology of reparation and reconciliation; or medical anthropology are encouraged to apply. Geographical area is open but should broaden current faculty coverage. Undergraduate teaching and mentoring, from introductory through upper levels, including introductory cultural anthropology and anthropological theory are expected. Ability to teach classic and emerging anthropological methods is preferred. Candidates with a commitment to interdisciplinary teaching are especially encouraged to apply, as Anthropology Department courses are often cross-listed with multidisciplinary programs. Teaching load in the first year is four courses; after that it is four courses per year plus intensively mentored research or other work with students. The successful candidate should have a Ph.D. in cultural anthropology or a related field in hand at the time of appointment.


How to Apply


To apply, please visit to link to the posting for this position. Candidates should upload cover letter; curriculum vitae; graduate school transcripts (unofficial copies are acceptable for the initial application); statement of teaching experience, interests, and philosophy; and a diversity statement highlighting contributions to and/or future plans for promoting diversity and inclusion through teaching, research and/or professional involvements. Additionally, please submit a sample of scholarly writing, and arrange with referees for submission of three letters of recommendation to the above site.

Review of applications will begin October 14, 2022; applications received after that date are not guaranteed a review.


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