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Assistant Professor of Sociocultural Anthropology

University Of Vermont
Winooski, Vermont
Closing date
Feb 14, 2024

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Position Type
Research Scientist / Analyst
Cultural Anthropology
Full Time
Organization Type
Posting Details
Position will be posted for a minimum of one week, after which it is subject to removal without notice.
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The University of Vermont's Department of Anthropology in The College of Arts & Sciences invites applications for a full-time, tenure-track faculty member at the rank of Assistant Professor in the subfield of Sociocultural Anthropology. The position will start in the Fall 2024 semester.
We seek a sociocultural anthropologist whose research and teaching focus on transnational migration, diaspora, refugees, human rights, crisis and disaster response, and/or climate change-related displacement and mobility. Geographic and cultural area is open, but preference will be given to candidates working outside of the Americas. A research focus on the intersection of these matters with gender and/or humanitarian activities and interventions is considered a plus.
The successful candidate should:
- Hold a Ph.D. degree in Social or Cultural Anthropology by the time of appointment.
- Demonstrate excellence and promise in scholarship, research funding, teaching, and publications.
- Have the capacity to teach undergraduate courses ranging from introductory Cultural Anthropology to more specialized courses at the advanced undergraduate, and potentially graduate, levels in the area of the candidate's expertise.
- Be able to successfully advise and mentor undergraduate students, and potentially graduate students, in addition to providing professional contributions and service.
The successful candidate will assume a range of responsibilities that include:
- Maintaining an active research agenda, securing external funding, and publishing peer-reviewed journal articles and/or books;
- Teaching and advising undergraduate students in Anthropology. Opportunities also exist to participate in a range of interdisciplinary programs.
- Collaborating with Department faculty in governance, program development, scholarship, and service;
- Serving as an active member of relevant scholarly societies and/or professional associations;
- Engaging in service and outreach activities beyond the Department at the college, university, regional, state, national and international levels.
Application Process:
Review of applications will begin on November 1, 2023 and continue until the position is filled. For more detailed information about us, visit the Anthropology Department's website,; the College of Arts & Sciences' website,; and the University of Vermont's website,
Anticipated start date is August 19, 2024. The hire must have completed the Ph.D. degree before the hire date. Please apply online at
Applicants are asked to include:
- Curriculum vitae (CV)
- Two representative publications
- A statement of research focus
- A teaching statement describing approach, philosophy, and interests
- A statement about how they plan to contribute to the diversity, inclusion, and equity work of the University and the College of Arts and Sciences
- Contact information for three professional references. The reference providers will be emailed information to upload their letters
Questions about the position should be directed to Prof. Scott Van Keuren (, who is chair of the search committee.
The University
Established in 1791, the University of Vermont is considered a public-ivy and consistently ranked as one of the top public universities in the United States. Our academic programs combine faculty-student relationships most commonly found in a small liberal arts college with the resources of a land-grant research institution. UVM's tradition of equity and social justice extends not only to faculty, staff, and students, but also is reflected in a commitment to environmentally sound and sustainable practices.
The College
In the College of Arts and Sciences ( CAS ), students experience the connectedness and accessibility of a small liberal arts college within a high caliber public research institution. Whether students are pursuing the Fine Arts, the Humanities, Natural Science and Mathematics or Social Sciences, they have a place here, in the College of Arts and Sciences' academic ecosystem.
The College of Arts and Sciences highly values the excellence that results when people from different backgrounds and perspectives work, interact, and learn together. In this way, commitment to diversity fosters our educational mission. For our students, it prepares them for life and work ahead: it recognizes that we are a culturally, ethnically, and racially diverse nation, one that is also situated in an increasingly global environment. For our faculty, scholarship and research are increasingly cooperative activities-often crossing national borders-requiring the abilities and skills to work with others often from very different backgrounds. For both our students and faculty, diversity enhances our curriculum, enriches the classroom experience, and fosters the exchange of ideas. As our society, economy, politics, and global interactions become increasingly diverse, so too must our intellectual community of students, faculty, and staff.
The Department The Anthropology Department is a vibrant community of teacher-scholars that strives to balance high-level research and scholarship, excellence in undergraduate teaching and mentorship, and anthropologically-informed engagement in the public sphere.
The Community
UVM is located in Burlington, Vermont, which is rated as one of the best small cities in the country. The greater Burlington area has an increasingly diverse population of about 125,000 and enjoys a panoramic setting on the shore of Lake Champlain, between the Green Mountains of Vermont and the Adirondack Mountains of New York State. The surrounding area provides an environment rich in cultural, civic and recreational activities. Vermont has a deep history of social activism and political participation. It offers many opportunities for collaborative partnerships in community and state-wide human service and social change organizations in multiple fields of practice, including state agencies.
Establishing a diverse and inclusive culture is a priority at the University of Vermont. In fact, UVM holds that diversity and academic excellence are inseparable. Read UVM's Why Diversity Statement (\Board\Why\Diversity\Strategic.pdf) and Our Common Ground values ( . The University of Vermont 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, protected veteran status, or any other category legally protected by federal or state law. The University encourages applications from all individuals who will contribute to the diversity and excellence of the institution.
UVM is especially interested in scholars who can contribute to the College of Arts and Sciences diversity plan, which was designed in part to ensure faculty, students, and staff members from underrepresented and marginalized populations are an integral part of the life and governance of the institution. Applicants are requested to include in their cover letter information about how they will further this goal.
Burlington, Vermont is located in the beautiful Lake Champlain region, surrounded by the Green and Adirondack Mountains. It is a great place for families, with excellent public schools and year-round recreational opportunities. It is home to the University of Vermont and three independent colleges that provide an academically stimulating and culturally rich environment. Montreal, Canada and Boston are within easy driving distances.
Job Open Date 09/12/2023
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Position Information
Posting Number F2791PO
Department Anthropology/52020
Advertising/Posting Title Assistant Professor of Sociocultural Anthropology
FLSA Exempt
Position Number 004850
Employee FTE 1.0
Employee Term (months) 9
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Documents Needed to Apply
Required Documents
- Curriculum Vitae
- Cover Letter/Letter of Application
- Diversity Statement
- Teaching Statement
- Research Statement
Optional Documents
- Other Document (1)
- Other Document (2)
- Other Document (3)
- Other Document (4)
- Other Document (5)
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