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Visiting Assistant Professor - Cultural Anthropology

Western Washington University
Bakerview, Washington
Closing date
Jun 13, 2023

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Position Type
Research Scientist / Analyst
Cultural Anthropology
Full Time
Organization Type
Visiting Assistant Professor - Cultural Anthropology
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Location: Bellingham, WA
Categories: College of Humanities & Social Science
Position TitleVisiting Assistant Professor - Cultural Anthropology
About the UniversityWestern Washington University, with over 16,000 students in seven colleges and the graduate school, is nationally recognized for its educational programs, students and faculty. The campus is located in Bellingham, Washington, a coastal community of 90,000 overlooking Bellingham Bay, the San Juan Islands and the North Cascades Mountain range. The city lies 90 miles north of Seattle and 60 miles south of Vancouver, British Columbia. Western is the highest-ranking public, master's-granting university in the Pacific Northwest, according to the 2022 U.S. News & World Report rankings.
About the Department
The College of Humanities and Social Sciences and the Anthropology Department support Western's mission, which states that together with our students, staff, and faculty, we are committed to making a positive impact in the state and the world with a shared focus on academic excellence and inclusive achievement. We encourage applications from women, people of color, people with disabilities, veterans, and other candidates from underrepresented backgrounds and with diverse experiences interested in this opportunity.
The Department of Anthropology is actively engaged, in cooperation with our students and community members, in decolonizing our curriculum. We include a wide variety of courses that specifically incorporate accessibility, diversity, equity, and inclusion (ADEI) topics and active research. As a community of scholars, we have an extensive history of collaborative, graduate, and undergraduate papers, posters, and publications in national and regional forums directly addressing ADEI issues and research. We have worked, over several decades, to create collaborative ties with local Coastal indigenous communities and create a welcoming and supportive learning environment at the University. The Department has a growing interest in advancing digital humanities initiatives on campus.
For more information about the Anthropology Department, please visit the departmentwebsite ( .
About the PositionThe Department of Anthropology welcomes qualified applicants for a one-year Visiting Assistant Professor position focused on Cultural Anthropology. The successful candidate will be responsible for a range of topical courses appropriate to their qualifications and complementing the Department's four-field approach. The expected teaching load is 7 courses a year on a 10-week quarter system (i.e., teaching 2 courses in two quarters and 3 in one quarter). Additional face-to-face and/or online courses are possible during the Summer 2023 and Summer 2024 terms.
Required Qualifications
- Ph.D. or ABD status in Anthropology or related field
- Record of undergraduate teaching experience in relevant courses
- Experience, ability, and demonstrated commitment to cultivating learning environments that are equitable and inclusive of students from diverse backgrounds and social identities.
Preferred Qualifications
- Specialty or subspecialty in Cultural Anthropology.
- Demonstrated ability to teach one or more classes such as: Intro to Cultural Anthropology, Qualitative Research Methods, Sex and Gender in Culture, American Indian Perspectives, Latin American Perspectives, Anth Perspectives on Asia, Intercultural Education, Anthropology of Childhood, Participatory Action Research, Cyborg Anthropology, and American Mosaic - an intro survey course which looks at the United States from the perspectives of ethnicity, race, gender and class with an emphasis on anthropological methods and approaches to enhance understanding of contemporary socio-cultural lifeways.
Conditions of EmploymentAll employees must comply with our Immunization policies, includingCOVID vaccination ( by time of hire andProof of Rubeola Measles Immunity ( within 60-days of hire. Please reach out toHR@wwu.eduif you need information regarding medical or religious exemption and applicable accommodations.
$1,178-1,324 per credit, commensurate with experience and qualifications
Benefits InformationBenefits Overview for Faculty Positions (
Bargaining Unit
United Faculty of Western Washington
Application Instructions
A cover letter and curriculum vitae are required and should address your experience related to the position responsibilities and the required and preferred qualifications.
You will be asked to provide contact information of three references.
Closing Date Notes
Application review begins May 31, 2023; position is open until filled.
Western Washington University (WWU) is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer committed to assembling a diverse, broadly trained faculty and staff. Women, minorities, people with disabilities and veterans are strongly encouraged to apply. In compliance with applicable laws and in furtherance of its commitment to fostering an environment that welcomes and embraces diversity, WWU does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex (including pregnancy and parenting status), disability, age, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status or genetic information in its programs or activities, including employment, admissions, and educational programs. See WWU's Policy on Ensuring Equal Opportunity and Prohibiting Discrimination and Retaliation ( . Inquiries may be directed to the Office of Civil Rights and Title IX Compliance, Title IX and ADA Coordinator, Western Washington University, Old Main 126 (MS 9021), 516 High Street, Bellingham, WA 98225; 360.650.3307 (voice) or 711 (Washington Relay);
WWU is committed to providing reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities upon request. To request this document in an alternate format or to request an accommodation, please contact Human Resources Disability Services ( , 360.650.3303 or 711 (Washington Relay).
Annual Security and Fire Safety Report: This report is provided pursuant to the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act ("The Clery Act"). It includes statistics for the previous three calendar years concerning reported crimes that occurred on Western's campus; in certain off-campus buildings or property owned or controlled by Western; and on public property within, or immediately adjacent to and accessible from, the campus. The report also includes institutional policies concerning campus security, such as policies concerning alcohol and drug use, crime prevention, the reporting of crimes, sexual assault, and other matters. You can obtain a copy of this report in printed or alternate formats by contacting the Office of the Vice President for Enrollment and Student Services The report can be found at:Annual Security and Fire Safety Report ( .
All new employees must comply with the immunization policy and show employment eligibility verification as required by the U.S. Citizen and Immigration Service before beginning work at WWU. A thorough background check will be conducted on all new hires and rehires, which includes a sexual misconduct background check.
Job no: 500787
Advertised: Apr 25 2023 09:00 Pacific Daylight Time
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