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Visiting Assistant Professor of Anthropology

Drake University, Department of Culture & Society
Des Moines, Iowa
Commensurate with experience
Closing date
May 14, 2023

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Position Type
Non-Tenure Track
Cultural Anthropology
Full Time
Organization Type

Job Details

We are seeking an anthropologist committed to undergraduate teaching and active scholarship. Areas of Expertise include immigration, human rights, refugee studies, diaspora, ethnographic methods, transnational identities race/ethnicity, gender/sexuality, with preference in world region: Asia. The teaching load is 3/3 in a two semester schedule. The successful candidate will be able to teach Introduction to Cultural Anthropology, Borders and Boundaries, Anthropology and Human Rights, Ethnographic Methods and other courses related to research areas.

Minimum Qualifications:

PhD or advanced ABD in cultural anthropology; evidence of effective teaching; and a commitment to creating an inclusive classroom supportive of underrepresented categories of students.

Preferred Qualifications:

A developed research and writing agenda is desired.

Department Summary:

Drake University’s College of Arts & Sciences invites applications for a Visiting Assistant Professor of Anthropology, housed within the interdisciplinary Department for the Study of Culture and Society. The combined anthropology and sociology major (ANSO) includes courses in anthropology and sociology. Students who choose the ANSO major benefit from the related yet distinct foci of the disciplines so as to better understand and participate in a world that is internationally and multiculturally linked. The anthropology curriculum at Drake focuses on cultural anthropology. The average class size is 30, although often less in sociology and anthropology courses beyond the introductory level.  To learn more about the program, visit:

Special Instructions to Applicants:

Applicants will be asked to complete the online application and submit the following documents: a cover letter, CV, the names of three references, a statement of Teaching Philosophy, and Statement of Philosophy on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.

Inquiries about the position or program may be directed to the search committee chair, Sandra Patton-Imani (

A review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until position is filled.

Questions about the application process, working at Drake, reasonable accommodations, benefits, or additional information about the university or Des Moines, Iowa may be directed to Drake Human Resources at

For faculty positions, selection will depend on the receipt of recommendation confirming the candidate's scholarly achievements and teaching abilities and/or on the candidate's satisfactory passing of a teaching demonstration if selected for an on-campus interview. For staff positions, selection will depend upon careful review of each applicant’s references, education, and, if applicable, experience.


About Drake:
Drake University is recognized as a top private university in the Midwest. Drake is a midsize university in Des Moines, Iowa, with an increasingly diverse student body. We are deeply committed to equity and inclusion and creating a sense of belonging for all members of the campus community—faculty, staff, and students alike. More than 900 faculty and staff are part of the Bulldog pack, a close-knit group of colleagues enthusiastic about preparing students to be global citizens and leaders, challenging assumptions. Drake University is not only an outstanding institution of higher learning, it is also a wonderful place to work. We are enthusiastically committed to welcoming new ideas and people into the fold, and to retaining and rewarding stellar employees.

All positions at Drake provide opportunities to contribute to Drake University’s core mission of creating of creating an exceptional learning environment that prepares students of all backgrounds for meaningful lives and professional accomplishments. 


Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion at Drake:
At Drake University, we don’t just accept differences—we celebrate them, we support them, and we thrive on them for the benefit of our students, our employees, and our community. Drake University is proud to support an equal opportunity, diverse, inclusive, and welcoming workplace. In fact, the celebration of diversity and inclusion are embedded in our Core Values. Learn more about our DEI commitment and efforts here.

We welcome applicants of diverse backgrounds, experiences, and perspectives. If you are a member of a socially or historically underrepresented or marginalized group or you have actively demonstrated a commitment to diversity and inclusion, we strongly encourage you to apply. If you are a member of one of the equity groups identified by applicable law, we encourage you to self-identify, where requested in our online application system.

Drake University is committed to providing access and reasonable accommodations in its services, programs, activities, education, and employment for individuals with disabilities. If you would benefit from an accommodation at any point in the recruitment process (including using our online application process), please contact Drake Human Resources (ph: 515.271.3133; e: and let us know how we can assist you.

At Drake University, we highly value a diverse, inclusive workforce. We are proud to be an equal opportunity employer. We stand firmly against discrimination including on the basis of race, color, national origin, creed, religion, age, disability, sex, pregnancy, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, genetic information, veteran status, or any characteristic protected by law.


Drake University is recognized as one of the finest institutions of higher learning in the Midwest. A midsized, private university in Des Moines, Iowa, we offer the benefits and resources of a larger institution along with the advantages of intimate class sizes and close personal relationships. Our mid-sized campus community allows faculty and staff to foster close relationships with students and help them meet educational, professional and personal goals. More than 3,500 undergraduate students choose from among 70 programs of study, combine majors or create their own major. We enroll more than 2,100 graduate students and offer more than 20 graduate-level degrees. Drake’s hometown of Des Moines is a diverse and vibrant capital city that has become nationally renown for its quality of living. Greater Des Moines is a hub of activity, boasting excellent schools; a thriving economy; and ample recreational, social, and cultural opportunities—all at a reasonable cost of living. There’s a reason Des Moines was named the “#1 Metro with the Most Community Pride” by Gallup.
This employer does prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation/preference.
This employer does prohibit discrimination based on gender identity/expression.
This employer does not offer health insurance benefits to eligible partners.
This employer does not appear on the AAUP list of censured institutions.

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