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Assistant Professor of Cultural Anthropology

Metropolitan State University of Denver
Glendale, Colorado
Closing date
Feb 17, 2023

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Cultural Anthropology
Full Time
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Posting Details

Posting Number F00898 Position Title Assistant Professor of Cultural Anthropology Position Number F00153 Salary for Announcement

The salary range for this position is $60,000 - $62,000 at Assistant Professor rank. The salary of the finalist selected for this role will be set based upon a variety of factors, including but not limited to, internal equity, education, experience, specialty and training.

MSU Denver offers excellent benefits that include medical, dental, retirement, tuition benefit, free RTD pass, and more. For a brief overview of these options, visit our Employee Benefits Summary page.

Employee Category Faculty-CAT I Department Sociology and Anthropology - Anthropology EClass Code Full time faculty - 9 mo with benefits Position Summary

The Department of Sociology and Anthropology at Metropolitan State University of Denver invites applications for a tenure-track appointment in Cultural Anthropology at the level of Assistant Professor to begin in August of the 2023-2024 academic year. We are looking for applicants specializing in applied anthropology and/or environmental anthropology with a focus on Latin America, Latinx communities, Indigenous, underrepresented and/or minority communities. The Anthropology Program seeks a candidate who can contribute to our commitment to inclusivity, equity and community engagement in teaching, scholarship and service at MSU Denver. Successful candidates will be able to demonstrate teaching effectiveness, and a commitment to interdisciplinary collaboration, broad liberal arts training, active scholarship, fostering equity and inclusion, and mentoring students in and out of the classroom.

Metropolitan State University of Denver and the Department of Sociology and Anthropology are committed to active and strategic initiatives in our work toward educational equity and promoting a culture of access and inclusion for our students, staff, and faculty. We seek to sustain an inclusive community where all individuals at MSU Denver and in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology are respected, feel a sense of belonging, and are provided proper resources and skillsets to be successful. This success is not limited to our liberal arts and sciences focused education, but also to the broader development of our students as engaged citizens and valued contributors to their discipline, the community, and our society.

At MSU Denver, we recognize the value of everyone and every group as part of an inclusive community of belonging. The College of Letters, Arts and Sciences has a vibrant Statement on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion that highlights those values. Differences can include but are not limited to culture, race, ethnicity, color, national origin, language, sex, physical appearance, pregnancy, marital/partner status, age, (dis)ability, neurodiversity, creed, religious or spiritual beliefs, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, class, education, gender identity/expression, veteran status, political affiliation, political philosophy, and more. We recognize that these differences can be visible or invisible.

MSU Denver is particularly interested in applicants who have experience working with students from diverse backgrounds and a demonstrated commitment to improving access to higher education for under-represented and historically minoritized groups. Our Fall 2021 student population consists of over 57% first-generation students and over 50% students of color. We are a designated Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI) located in downtown Denver. As the third largest institution of higher education in Colorado and the only institution with an open access mission, MSU Denver is a model university for today's college students. The University serves the most diverse undergraduate student population in the state, as well as the most first-generation students and Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals students.


Responsibilities include teaching 9 credit hours (3 classes) per semester per 9-month academic year of in-person and online undergraduate level cultural anthropology courses at introductory and advanced levels.

The position requires ongoing involvement in scholarly activities, and service to the department, college, university, profession, and community. In addition, the successful candidate will be engaged in student advising, research project mentoring, and academic internships.

Required Qualifications

A Ph.D. in cultural anthropology from an accredited institution at the time of application. Applicants nearing completion of the doctorate (ABD) may be considered in which case the doctorate must be officially conferred by the time of appointment (August 1, 2023).

Demonstrated teaching experience at the college or university-level. Must be able to teach introductory courses in cultural anthropology. Additional courses and teaching pedagogy must complement and strengthen the department's undergraduate curriculum, build interdisciplinary relationships across the University, and promote student success and career readiness skills.

Proven expertise in one or more of the following: applied anthropology, public anthropology, environmental anthropology, environmental disasters, environmental justice, Latin American anthropology, and/or experience working with Latinx, Indigenous, minority and/or underrepresented communities.

Sound training in anthropological theory, research methods, anthropological fieldwork and field ethics.

As a Hispanic-serving Institution (HSI), inclusiveness and diversity are integral to MSU Denver's commitment to excellence in teaching, research, and engagement. The successful candidate will help the Department achieve equitable outcomes for all students through teaching, student mentorship, scholarship, and service.

Preferred Qualifications
  • Teaching and research experience in one or more of the following topics: applied anthropology, culture and environment, Latin American cultures, Latinx cultures, Indigenous cultures, minority cultures, social identity, resistance and power
  • Demonstrated experience engaging in questions of contemporary importance as well as how research work has real-world implications
  • Experience teaching online and practical courses
  • Expertise developing courses in areas of expertise
  • Experience adopting inclusive approaches to teaching, research and mentoring
  • Experience advising and supervising students
  • Experience engaging students in research projects and internships
  • Experience teaching students of diverse backgrounds (historically under-represented, first generation, or at a large urban academic institution)
  • Interest in working with community members of diverse backgrounds

Posting date 10/24/2022 Closing date Closing Instructions Open Until Filled To ensure full consideration, applications must be received by 11:59pm (MT) 12/15/2022 Special Instructions to Applicants

Complete applications received by Thursday, December 15, 2022 at 11:59 pm MST will receive full consideration, but applications will be accepted after this date until the position is filled. All applications must be submitted through the university's online system,

Applications must include:
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Letter of Application
  • Diversity Statement. Equity, inclusion, and the success of students with diverse identities are core to the mission of our Department and University. Please submit a diversity statement that details your ability to meaningfully contribute to diversity, equity, and inclusion. While not an exhaustive list, applicants can demonstrate their abilities through lived experiences, personal identities, curriculum, teaching pedagogy, research, service contributions, etc.
  • Unofficial graduate transcripts. Official transcripts will be required of the candidate selected for hire.
  • References. Prepare a list of three professional references and their contact information.

Talent Team Representative Tanya Rogowsky Talent Team Representative E-mail Benefits

MSU Denver is pleased to offer our current and potential employees a wide array of benefit options. To learn more, please visit the following link: Employee Benefits Offerings

Diversity Statement

Metropolitan State University of Denver is a unique, access-oriented campus community that values diversity, equity, and inclusion in all its forms. Our student population consists of nearly 50% first generation students and over 45% students of color. We are a designated Hispanic Serving Institution located in downtown Denver.

We create an equitable learning and working environment in concert with individuals who consistently demonstrate commitment to equity and inclusion. We greatly value the diverse identities and perspectives of our students, faculty, and staff and recognize that in order to achieve a just and equitable society, diversity must go beyond simple representation. It requires critical inquiry and dialogue and a commitment to action. We strive to provide a culture of belonging for all community members to achieve personal and professional success.

MSU Denver is committed to creating and fostering a work environment and culture of belonging; we are proud of the work our employee affinity groups contribute to our culture. For more information on our employee affinity groups please visit this link.

Applicant Documents

Required Documents
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Cover Letter/Letter of Application
  • Diversity Statement
  • Unofficial Graduate College Transcripts
  • References

Optional Documents
  • Additional Unofficial College Transcripts

Supplemental Questions

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