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Assistant Professor of Science in Society

Wesleyan University, Anthropology Department
Wesleyan, Middletown
Closing date
Oct 12, 2023

Job Details

The Science in Society Program at Wesleyan University seeks to hire a tenure-track assistant professor beginning July 1, 2024, with substantive research and teaching interests in social, cultural, and/or historical aspects of global or transnational medicine, public health, and disease. Candidates’ work should 1) be grounded in interdisciplinary science and technology studies; 2) address current issues considering historical, postcolonial, and decolonial perspectives. Special consideration will be given to candidates with research interests in one or more regions of Central or South America, the Caribbean, Black Africa, Asia, or with Indigenous communities in North America or the Pacific Islands.

The Science in Society Program is an interdisciplinary unit offering an undergraduate major in the history, philosophy, and social studies of science, technology, and medicine conjoined with course work in a science. The position has a two-course per semester teaching load with strong support for both research and teaching. Additional duties include advising and mentoring students, carrying out a program of research, and participating in faculty governance at the departmental and university level.

Ph.D. in science and technology studies, anthropology, history, sociology, public health, or other related field, must be in hand by the time of appointment to be hired as an Assistant Professor; a successful candidate may be hired as an Instructor if the candidate does not have a Ph.D. in hand at the time of appointment, but will complete the Ph.D. within one year of hire. Wesleyan is a highly selective liberal arts college that values both scholarship and teaching very highly, has a strong, diverse undergraduate student body, and offers a generous sabbatical program and competitive salaries and benefits.

To apply, visit Applications received after October 15, 2023, may not receive full consideration.  Please submit electronically a cover letter of application, curriculum vitae, writing sample, statement of current research, statement of teaching interests, and student course evaluations (if available). Applicants will be asked to provide the email addresses of three referees from whom we may obtain confidential letters of recommendation. In the cover letter, applicants should describe how they will embrace the college's commitment to fostering an inclusive community, as well as their experience working with individuals from historically marginalized and underserved groups. Please contact search committee chair Professor Anthony Hatch ( if you have questions about the application process.

Wesleyan University, located in Middletown, Connecticut, does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religious practice or creed, age, gender, gender identity or expression, national origin, marital status, ancestry, present or past history of mental disorder, learning disability or physical disability, political belief, veteran status, sexual orientation, genetic information or non-position-related criminal record. We welcome applications from women, and members of historically underrepresented minority groups. Inquiries regarding Title IX, Section 504, or any other non-discrimination policies should be directed to: Vice President for Equity & Inclusion / Title IX Officer, 318 North College, 860.685.4771. 





About Wesleyan University: At Wesleyan University, we are all educators. In this energetic and inclusive community, our talented faculty and staff foster a liberal arts educational experience characterized by boldness, rigor and practical idealism. Genuinely open-minded, intellectually curious and mission-driven, our employees invest their impressive talents in fulfilling careers. In return, Wesleyan offers a broad range of growth and wellness opportunities - comprehensive group insurance plans, fitness incentives, generous paid time off, retirement plans, flexible work schedules and educational benefits, including free employee access to Wesleyan's Graduate Liberal Studies program and undergraduate tuition reimbursement for dependents of eligible employees. Campus life affords employees with countless opportunities to experience general-interest, academic, artistic, and athletic events and our advantageous position in central Connecticut provides easy access to Boston, New York and the many other exciting and culturally rich destinations of New England. Few workplaces are like Wesleyan and we welcome your interest in learning more about us. Wesleyan University is a highly selective private liberal arts university with a student body of 3000 undergraduates and 200 graduate students.

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