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Assistant Professor - Anthropology

Employer
Virginia Commonwealth University
Location
Ampthill, Virginia
Closing date
Nov 2, 2022

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Position Type
Faculty
Hours
Full Time
Organization Type
Academic
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Mission or Goal of Unit:

The mission of the College of Humanities and Sciences is to serve as the intellectual heart and soul of our institution and wider community. The College of Humanities and Sciences:
  • Prepares lifelong learners to participate actively as engaged and responsible citizens
  • Propels scientific research and scholarship to improve the human condition, cure and treat diseases, and promote healthy environments
  • Grounds us in our history, critically examines our present human condition and empowers students to create more equitable local and global communities
  • Provides communities with a passionate and creative workforce that serves as a powerful engine for economic development and innovative solutions to problems

As the intellectual lifeblood of VCU and our community, the College of Humanities and Sciences seeks to inspire our students to explore their passions and dreams as individuals and provide the context to understand their place in the world and connections with others-locally, globally and throughout time. Most importantly, our educational and research environment addresses an array of technological, health-related and societal problems, as well as providing profound insights and reflections of what it means to be human and humane.

As a preeminent national, urban, public research university and academic health center, Virginia Commonwealth

University is committed to diversity, equity and inclusion - an environment where all can thrive in their pursuit of

excellence. VCU's student body is diverse; approximately 30% of our undergraduates are first-generation college

students and 32% are from underrepresented groups. One of the most important criteria for all candidates is that they

have demonstrated experience working in and fostering a diverse faculty, staff, and student environment or are

committed to do so as a faculty member at VCU.

In the School of World Studies, we explore what it means to be human. Using Anthropology, Foreign Languages,

International Studies, and Religious Studies, we investigate the depth and breadth of the human experience so that

we can address the challenges we face as global citizens. We seek to inspire our students to explore their passions

and dreams as individuals and provide the context to understand their place in the world and connections with

others-locally, globally and throughout time. All School of World Studies students are empowered to gain a deeper

understanding of humanity, a meaningful sense of belonging and the knowledge and skills to succeed in all aspects

of life, and contribute to a world that is safe, inclusive, healthy and generous for all.

The Anthropology Program champions a holistic and comparative approach to the study of humanity in the broadest

sense. We are committed to the scientific understanding of our common humanity, as well as the informed

appreciation of our cultural and historical diversity. Our program trains students in all of the anthropological

subdisciplines, and faculty expertise includes African paleoanthropology, archaeology, and historical linguistics,

investigations of climate change and agriculture, 3D scanning and museum exhibiting, medical anthropology, and

contemporary African continental and diasporic experiences.

Chief Purpose of this position: The Anthropology Program in the School of World Studies at VCU invites

applications for a full-time, term (non-tenure-track) position at the rank of Assistant Professor to begin August 2022.

Position Responsibilities: We are seeking an individual who will (i) spearhead the development of the online

pathway for the Anthropology BS; (ii) teach a 4-4 course load online, with possible course reductions for development

of online course work; (iii) contribute service as a faculty member in the Anthropology program and the School of

World Studies; (iv) contribute to the intellectual and pedagogical life of the School. This is a one-year, renewable

position.

Required Qualifications: An earned PhD in Anthropology or related discipline by the start of the position is required.

● Experience with online pedagogy and developing and teaching fully online courses.

● Research or teaching expertise that complements the strengths of VCU Anthropology and contributes to our

goals of racial and social justice.

● Demonstrated experience working in and fostering a diverse faculty, staff, and student environment or

commitment to do so as a faculty member at VCU.

Applicants must apply online and submit:

● Cover letter addressing candidate's qualifications for the position

● Curriculum vitae

● Statement of Teaching Philosophy

● Statement of Contributions to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Applicants invited to interview for the position will be asked to provide three letters of recommendation.

Preferred Qualifications: N/A

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Statement: As a preeminent national, urban, public research university and academic

health center, Virginia Commonwealth University is committed to organizational diversity, equity and inclusion - an

environment where all can thrive in their pursuit of excellence. We recognize that local contexts vary across

departments and disciplines and that contributions to diversity, equity and inclusion may take many forms. Efforts to

cultivate inclusive excellence might include, for example, creating opportunities for students, faculty, and staff

systematically excluded and underrepresented in the U.S. academy and/or particular disciplines; educational

outreach (particularly to under resourced and underserved communities); efforts to increase diversity, equity and

inclusion at the university or in the local community; as well as one's own lived experiences.

Applicants are requested to submit a Statement of Contributions to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (typically between

150-300 words) providing your career aspirations and contributions toward promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Through this statement, you can share how your lived experiences, and academic and professional activities will

impact your contributions to VCU's mission of promoting equity and inclusion. For more information and examples,

see Diversity Statement.

For further information, please contact:

Search Committee Chair, Dr. Christopher A. Brooks, cabrooks@vcu.edu

Review of applications will begin on June 2, 2022 and continue until the position is filled.

Virginia Commonwealth University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action university providing access to education

and employment without regard to race, color, religion, national or ethnic origin, age, sex (including pregnancy),

political affiliation, veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression or

disability. Women, minorities, veterans and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

Position Type: Teaching & Research Faculty

Full time equivalent: 100

Tenure: Ineligible

Rank: Assistant Professor

Months: 9

Department: School of World Studies

Contact Information:

Contact Name: Christopher Brooks

Contact Email: cabrooks@vcu.edu
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