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Visiting Assistant Professor of Anthropology

Soka University of America
Aliso Viejo, California
$73,000 - $82,000
Closing date
Mar 16, 2024

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Non-Tenure Track
Cultural Anthropology
Full Time
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The Social and Behavioral Sciences concentration at Soka University of America (SUA) invites applications for a Visiting Assistant Professor of Cultural Anthropology beginning August 1st, 2024 and continuing until May 31st, 2025. Applicants are required to have a Ph.D. in Anthropology or ABD. 


As part of a five-course teaching load, candidates will be expected to teach the Qualitative Research Methods course as well as two or more of the following courses: Medical Anthropology, Race and Ethnicity, Indigenous Peoples of Latin America, Repression and Resistance in Central America, or Violence and Oppression in Latin America. Other topics in Cultural Anthropology in general and another regional focus will also be considered. In addition, the candidate will be expected to teach at least one of the following General Education courses: Introduction to the Pacific Basin or Core II: Enduring Questions of Humanity in the Contemporary Period. Course-load is 5 courses per year.  

The candidate will also be expected to be available to mentor seniors in their Capstone (senior thesis) project.  

The successful candidate will be expected to show excellence in teaching students from diverse backgrounds in small class sizes, contribute to service to the University and be productive in research. Candidates should demonstrate responsiveness toward and understanding of diverse student backgrounds, especially with regard to socioeconomic status, race, ethnicity, culture, ability/disability, sexual orientation, and gender identity and have a willingness to facilitate the university’s mission to develop global citizens. 

Application Information:

Applicants should submit the following materials: (1) a cover letter; (2) curriculum vitae; (3) a research statement that describes their program of research, including opportunities for meaningful student involvement; (4) a teaching statement that describes their teaching experience in Anthropology content courses, including evidence of their ability to create equitable learning opportunities for students from diverse backgrounds; and (5) the names and email addresses of three references who will be contacted to submit letters of recommendation. Review of applications will begin January 15, 2024 and continue until the position is filled. 

Employment is contingent on the completion of a successful background check. 

Benefits and Salary: Soka University of America offers an excellent benefits package for full-time faculty that includes medical, dental, vision, and retirement. The salary range for this position is $73,000 - $82,000 and will be commensurate with qualifications and experience. 

Soka University requires all employees and students to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19.  If hired, you are required to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 as a condition of your employment at Soka University, except in instances where you have a qualifying medical condition or sincerely held religious belief that is contrary to receiving the vaccine. You will be required to provide your vaccination record on your first day of employment. 

Please apply by submitting your application through Interfolio using this link:




Soka University of America is an equal-opportunity employer.



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