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Assistant Professor of Cultural Anthropology (East or Southeast Asia Specialty)

University of Arkansas System
Cumberland County, North Carolina
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Feb 20, 2024

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Cultural Anthropology
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Faculty - Tenure/Tenure Track

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Institution Name:

University of Arkansas, Fayetteville

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As an employer, the University of Arkansas offers a vibrant work environment and a workplace culture that promotes a healthy work-life balance. The benefits package includes university contributions to health, dental, life and disability insurance, tuition waivers for employees and their families, 12 official holidays, immediate leave accrual, and a choice of retirement programs with university contributions ranging from 5 to 10% of employee salary.

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Department of Anthropology

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Summary of Job Duties:

The Department of Anthropology in the Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Arkansas, invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor of Cultural Anthropology (East or Southeast Asia Specialty) to start in August 2024. This is a standard nine-month faculty appointment.

We seek a cultural anthropologist who specializes in East or Southeast Asia, and whose expertise complements department strengths. Preferred areas of scholarship include medical anthropology, the body, or gender/sexuality. The successful candidate should be prepared to teach an upper-level undergraduate class in History of Anthropological Thought and develop courses that will expand our undergraduate and graduate curricula. We especially welcome applications from candidates who are committed to building ties with programs and units across the College and the University, such as the Asian Studies program, Gender Studies, or the Medical Humanities minor.

Candidates must have completed their Ph.D. in anthropology by the start of appointment and are expected to have an active research program focused on East Asia or Southeast Asia. Previous teaching experience as instructor-of-record at the college level is preferred.

Regular, reliable, and non-disruptive attendance is an essential job duty, as is the ability to create and maintain collegial, harmonious working relationships with others.

About the Department:

The Department of Anthropology examines similarities and differences among people, lifestyles, and world views through time by the study of artifacts and material remains, the evolution of humankind and other primates, and issues such as ethnicity, gender, class, social inequity and religion. Courses help students explore many approaches to the various subfields. The Department of Anthropology at the University of Arkansas currently has 12 tenured or tenure track faculty, spanning the subdisciplines of archaeology, biological anthropology, and cultural anthropology. For more information see the Department webpage:

Duties will include:
  • 40% Teaching
  • 40% Research
  • 20% Service


Minimum Qualification:

With submitted materials, the candidate must demonstrate:
  • PhD in anthropology from an accredited institution of higher education conferred by start of employment
  • An active research program focused on cultural anthropology of East Asia or Southeast Asia, with the potential to involve undergraduate and graduate students
  • Areas of theoretical and methodological expertise that complement existing faculty strengths

Preferred Qualifications:
  • Ability to develop innovative undergraduate and graduate-level courses that expand current cultural offerings
  • Record of research-related publication and/or funding in the field specified in the
  • Teaching experience as instructor-of-record at the college level, in cultural anthropology or related field
  • Evidence of commitment to building an inclusive scholarly milieu in teaching, research and service

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities (KSAs)
  • Current knowledge in the field of medical anthropology, the body, and/or gender and sexuality

Additional Information:


Completed applications received by 10/25/2023 will be assured full consideration. Late applications will be reviewed as necessary to fill the position.

For additional inquiries, please contact the search committee chair, Kirstin Erickson, at

Applicants must submit
  • a curriculum vitae,
  • a cover letter/letter of application that specifies your research and teaching interests, and
  • a list of three professional references (name, title, email address, and phone number) willing to provide letters of recommendation if requested during the application process. Letters of recommendation will be requested only for candidates selected for interviews.

Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.

Salary Information:

Salary is commensurate with experience and qualifications.

Required Documents to Apply:

Cover Letter/Letter of Application, Curriculum Vitae, List of three Professional References (name, email, business title)

Optional Documents:

Proof of Veteran Status

Recruitment Contact Information:

Kirstin Erickson, search committee chair,

All application materials must be uploaded to the University of Arkansas System Career Site

Please do not send to listed recruitment contact.

Special Instructions to Applicants:

Pre-employment Screening Requirements:

Criminal Background Check, Sex Offender Registry

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The University of Arkansas seeks to attract, develop and retain high quality faculty, staff and administrators that consistently display practices and behaviors to advance a culture that embeds inclusion, opportunity, educational excellence and unparalleled access for all.

The University of Arkansas is an equal opportunity, affirmative action institution. The University does not discriminate in its education programs or activities (including in admission and employment) on the basis of age, race, color, national origin, disability, religion, marital or parental status, protected veteran status, military service, genetic information, or sex (including pregnancy, sexual orientation, and gender identity). Federal law prohibits the University from discriminating on these bases. Questions or concerns about the application of Title IX, which prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex, may be sent to the University's Title IX Coordinator and to the U.S. Department of Education Office for Civil Rights.

Persons must have proof of legal authority to work in the United States on the first day of employment.

All application information is subject to public disclosure under the Arkansas Freedom of Information Act.

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