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Assistant Professor, Sociocultural Anthropologist of Migration, Department of Anthropology

University of California Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara, California
Closing date
Oct 15, 2023

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Assistant Professor, Sociocultural Anthropologist of Migration, Department of Anthropology

University of California Santa Barbara

Position overview
Position title: Assistant Professor

Salary range: The posted UC salary scales set the minimum pay determined by rank and step at appointment. See Table 1 for the salary range. A reasonable estimate for this position is $75,100 - $113,200. “Off-scale salaries”, i.e. a salary that is higher than the published system-wide minimum salary at the designated rank and step, are offered when necessary to meet competitive conditions.

Percent time: 100%

Anticipated start: March 1, 2024 or thereafter

Review timeline: September 23, 2023 through October 23, 2023

Position duration: 8 years or until tenure attained

Application Window

Open date: May 11, 2023

Next review date: Friday, Sep 22, 2023 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Apply by this date to ensure full consideration by the committee.

Final date: Thursday, Feb 29, 2024 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications will continue to be accepted until this date, but those received after the review date will only be considered if the position has not yet been filled.

Position description

The Department of Anthropology at the University of California, Santa Barbara, invites applications for a sociocultural anthropologist specializing in migration and its environmental dimensions, with a potential start date of July 1, 2023 or thereafter. The appointment is a tenure-track position at the rank of Assistant Professor. We seek a colleague whose research makes new contributions to the understanding of human migration and related movements (e.g., of resources, commodities, waste, other species, technology, and capital), emphasizing the environmental, cultural, political, and community formations that emerge in the context of movements. We welcome research on topics related to migration such as, but not limited to: climate change; environmental health; food systems; dispossession; refugees; indigeneity and sovereignty; violence and security; intersections of race, national, and ethnic identity; de/colonization; gender and sexuality. Geographical focus is open. Engaged, multi-modal, experimental, collaborative and/or activist approaches are also welcome.

The successful candidate will teach courses ranging from a high-enrollment Introductory Cultural Anthropology survey course to advanced graduate seminars and will be expected to contribute to graduate and undergraduate mentorship.

The University is especially interested in candidates who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of the academic community through research, teaching, and service as appropriate to the position.



Basic qualifications (required at time of application)
The minimum requirement to be considered an applicant is the completion of all requirements for a PhD except the dissertation (ABD status) in Anthropology or a closely related field at the time of application.
Additional qualifications (required at time of start)
Candidates are expected to have a PhD by the time of the appointment.

A research specialization in the anthropological study of migration, based on a strong record of ethnographic fieldwork and rigorous theoretical grounding is required.

Preferred qualifications
An emphasis in one or more of the following areas would be an asset: climate change, borderlands, diasporas, violence and security, gender and sexuality, labor and class, critical disability studies, critical race theory, queer theory, religion, medical anthropology.

Engaged, multi-modal, experimental, collaborative and/or activist approaches are welcome.

Application Requirements

Document requirements

• Cover Letter

• Statement of Research - 2 page maximum

• Statement of Teaching - 2 page maximum

• Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V.

• 1 article-length writing sample

• Statement of Contributions to Diversity - These statements will be reviewed for evidence of teaching, research, and/or public service contributions that promote diversity and equal opportunity, such as effective strategies used for the educational advancement of students in various underrepresented groups; demonstrated contributions to the advancement of equitable access and diversity in education; and contributions furthering diversity and equal opportunity in higher education through participation in such activities as recruitment, retention, and mentoring of scholar and students.

Reference requirements

• 3-5 letters of reference required

Applicants must provide the names and contact information of at least three references and must trigger solicitations for letters within UC Recruit to complete the application. The system will request references after bring triggered by the applicant from individuals that can attest to the applicant's academic accomplishments, creative & research activities, and their teaching or teaching potential in the position.
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The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

As a condition of employment, you will be required to comply with the University of California, as may be amended or revised from time to time. Federal, state, or local public health directives may impose additional requirements.
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