The Department of Folk Studies and Anthropology at Western Kentucky University (WKU) seeks qualified applicants for a Visiting Assistant Professor in Applied Cultural Anthropology. This is a nine-month position for the 2023-2024 academic year. This position is currently being filled as a temporary position with an end date, however it has the potential to become a regular, ongoing appointment that will entail a new, competitive search; the successful candidate for the visiting position may apply. The topical and geographical areas of applied expertise are open, but preference is for candidates in visual/media anthropology and/or another area with potential for campus or community collaboration such as immigrant/migration studies, environmental anthropology, or medical anthropology.
The Department of Folk Studies and Anthropology offers a four-field undergraduate program in anthropology with about 70 majors and minors, as well as a minor in folklore. The department also houses the Anthropology Lab, Ethnographic Visual Production Lab, Kentucky Archaeological Survey, and Kentucky Folklife Program.
Undergraduate degrees at the university include film; film studies; photojournalism; environmental, sustainability, and geographic studies; public health; healthcare administration; and nursing. Bowling Green is one of the largest areas for refugee resettlement in the nation for a town of its size. It is home to the International Center of Kentucky, GEO International High School, International Festival, and University of Kentucky College of Medicine.
The Visiting Assistant Professor will teach a 3:4 course load of face-to-face undergraduate courses, including multiple sections of courses in support of the anthropology major/minor and the university's general education program. Courses will include Introduction to Cultural Anthropology, Applied Anthropology, and Foodways, with other courses dependent on expertise and program needs. The Visiting Assistant Professor will have limited service responsibilities that may include student mentoring or academic advising.
PhD in Anthropology at time of appointment