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Visiting Assistant Professor in Anthropology

Cornell College
Mount Vernon, Iowa
Closing date
Feb 17, 2023

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Cornell College, a private undergraduate liberal arts college, is seeking a one-year Visiting Assistant Professor in Anthropology for 6 courses beginning Fall 2023.

We encourage applications from individuals committed to excellence and innovation in undergraduate education with an emphasis on inclusive pedagogical approaches and active engagement of students. The successful candidate will collaborate within an integrated Sociology and Anthropology department and will teach core and elective courses in the Anthropology major and the interdisciplinary Sociology and Anthropology major. Teaching responsibilities will likely include Introductory Cultural Anthropology, Qualitative Research Methods, Medical Anthropology, with the possibility of one topic course.

A Ph.D. is required. Candidates with an ABD may be considered for a Visiting Lecturer appointment.

Because Cornell College values diversity and strives to create a welcoming community in which all individuals are respected and included, the entire campus community engages in dialogue around issues of difference, identity, and ideology. The college is committed to fostering a faculty and staff community that reflects our diverse student body. We encourage applications from candidates who share our vision for a campus that embraces differing backgrounds, viewpoints, and identities, and who will excel at teaching and mentoring a student body that is broadly diverse. (See our diversity statement.)

The college encourages interdisciplinary interests among its faculty and the development of teaching strategies that capitalize on our unique academic calendar. Our academic calendar allows us the freedom to take students off-campus without impinging on other course commitments. In addition, class size is limited to 25 students, and upper-level courses are often smaller.

About Cornell College

Cornell College is a national liberal arts college committed to excellence in teaching and the creation of a welcoming community in which all individuals are respected and included. Our innovative curriculum includes a focus on the essential abilities of writing, quantitative reasoning, and intercultural literacy as well as experiential learning. Cornell's One Course At A Time (OCAAT) academic calendar is divided into eight- 3½ week blocks in which students take and faculty teach a single course. This one-at-a-time approach fosters strong student engagement and close faculty-student relationships while allowing faculty freedom to design and carry out their classes, on campus or off.

Founded in 1853, Cornell's distinctive campus community reflects our ongoing pursuit of our core values and continuing tradition of shared governance. Always a coeducational institution, we were the first college west of the Mississippi to graduate both men and women and the first college in the country to afford a female faculty member the same title and pay as her male colleagues. Academic immersion, real world experience requirements through Ingenuity in Action, and unparalleled flexibility attract an ambitious student body from around the world. Three quarters of our students are from outside Iowa, representing 44 states and 13 foreign countries. Students of color comprise one-fifth of the student body.

Cornell's picturesque hilltop campus contains a mix of historic and modern facilities. Mount Vernon, Iowa, is a flourishing community with a vibrant arts scene, recognized by Frommer's as one of "America's Coolest Small Towns" and located in the heart of the Iowa City-Cedar Rapids technology corridor.

Interested applicants should submit the following materials through Cornell College's online application system:
  • A letter of application/cover letter, which describes your teaching philosophy, interests, and experience, including examples of inclusive pedagogy;
  • Current Curriculum Vitae;
  • At least one syllabus related to a relevant course;
  • Graduate transcript(s) (may be unofficial);
  • Names and contact information for a minimum of three references.

Applications will be reviewed as received and continue until the position is filled.

For more information about the department, please visit the departmental website.

Any questions can be directed to Tori Barnes-Brus Department Chair and Ringer Distinguished Professor of Sociology at

Cornell is an AA/EO employer and encourages applications from underrepresented groups. Cornell complies with Iowa's Smoke-free Air Act, participates in e-verify for verification of employment eligibility, and conducts background checks.

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