Assistant Professor

University of California, Los Angeles, Department of Anthropology
Los Angeles, California
Salary is commensurate with education and experience
Closing date
Nov 1, 2023

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Position Type
Linguistic Anthropology
Full Time
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Level of Experience

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University of California, Los Angeles, Department of Anthropology invites applications for a tenure track position in linguistic anthropology at the assistant professor rank. This search is a partnership between the Department of Anthropology and the Ralph J. Bunche Center for African American Studies as part of the campus-wide effort to rise to the challenge of racial and social justice at UCLA, sponsored by the Office of the Chancellor and the Executive Vice Chancellor & Provost. Preference will be given to scholars who theorize race, racism, and racialization, and whose research focuses on Black communities in the U.S. and/or globally. The ideal candidate would be able to conduct ethnographic research and demonstrate a rigorous methodological approach to analyzing language and communication. Areas of specialization are open and may include language and political economy, language and other semiotic systems, digital media and communication, global flows of languages and genres, language and identity formations, and language and politics. It is preferred that candidates have Ph.D. in hand at time of application. The posted UC salary scales set the minimum pay determined by rank and step at appointment. See Table 1 at The salary range for this position is $74,600 – $97,200. Off-scale salaries and other components of pay, i.e. salary that is higher than the published system-wide salary at the designated rank and step, are offered when necessary to meet competitive conditions. See campus compensation page for additional information.

The department welcomes candidates whose experience has prepared them to support and contribute to our commitment to diversity. (Relevant documents for committee members include the diversity statement adopted by the Academic Senate of the University of California – and the UCLA Chancellor’s Statement on Diversity.)

Please submit your application through UCLA Academic Recruit at: Applications should include a cover letter, research and teaching statements, curriculum vitae, statement on contributions to equity, diversity, and inclusion, up to three representative publications, copies of teaching evaluations, and names and email addresses for three referees.

For further information please contact Dr. H. Samy Alim, Dept. of Anthropology, UCLA at Review of applications will begin November 1, 2023 and final deadline for application submission is December 1, 2023. Mailed or emailed submissions will not be accepted.

Appointment begins July 1, 2024. Salary is commensurate with education and experience and based on University of California pay scales.

The University of California is committed to creating and maintaining a community dedicated to the advancement, application, and transmission of knowledge and creative endeavors through academic excellence, where all individuals who participate in University programs and activities can work and learn together in a safe and secure environment, free of violence, harassment, bullying and other demeaning behavior, discrimination, exploitation, or intimidation. With this commitment as well as a commitment to addressing all forms of academic misconduct, UCLA conducts targeted employment reference checks for finalists to whom departments or other hiring units would like to extend formal offers of appointment into Academic Senate faculty positions. The targeted employment reference checks involve contacting the finalists’ current and prior places of employment to ask whether there have been substantiated findings of misconduct that would violate the University’s Faculty Code of Conduct. To implement this process, UCLA requires all applicants for Academic Senate faculty positions to complete, sign, and upload the form entitled “Authorization to Release Information” into RECRUIT as part of their application. If the applicant does not include the signed authorization to release information with the application materials, the application will be considered incomplete. As with any incomplete application, the application will not receive further consideration. Although all applicants for faculty recruitments must complete the entire application, only finalists (i.e., those to whom the department or other hiring unit would like to extend a formal offer) considered for Academic Senate faculty positions will be subject to targeted employment reference checks.


The UCLA Department of Anthropology has always taken a broad view of anthropology, maintaining both balance and integration among the four fields (archaeologybiological, sociocultural, and linguistic), which have traditionally characterized the discipline. Established in 1941, the department grew to prominence immediately after World War II and has consistently ranked among the top ten departments in the country, both for the distinction of its faculty and the quality of its teaching. Many faculty members actively engage in research and teaching in two or more fields, and many hold joint appointments in other departments and schools at UCLA. Indeed, Anthropology has ties with many other major departments in the university, offering a rich fare to graduate students.

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  • This employer does prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation/preference.
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  • This employer does offer health insurance benefits to eligible partners.
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