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Assistant Professor in Environmental Anthropology

Santa Clara University
Santa Clara, California
Closing date
Mar 28, 2024

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Environmental Anthropology
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Assistant Professor in Environmental Anthropology

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Salary Range:

Tenure-stream assistant professor starting salary can range from $85,100 to $94,500, based on the number of years of teaching experience. Benefits are competitive. Recognizing the high cost of housing in the local area, the University has established two housing assistance programs for qualified faculty: [1] a rental assistance program and [2] a purchase assistance program. For details, please refer to:

Full benefits are also available. More information is provided at

  • The Department of Anthropology at Santa Clara University, a Jesuit Catholic University, invites applications for an environmental anthropologist to be appointed as a tenure-track assistant professor beginning in September 2024.


We seek a teacher-scholar with an active field-based research program in environmental anthropology and a commitment to collaborative ethnography. A regional focus in Central or South America is encouraged to support our growing university and department engagement with diverse communities throughout the Americas. The successful applicant will be theoretically grounded and empirically engaged in socio-cultural anthropology and will have a Ph.D. in Anthropology at time of appointment. Quality scholarship and undergraduate teaching are essential. The successful candidate will teach six undergraduate (lower- and upper-division) courses per year on the quarter system; courses will include Introduction to Cultural Anthropology and other classes in cultural and environmental anthropology. Santa Clara faculty are teaching scholars who value excellent teaching, engage in scholarly work that involves undergraduates in the research process, and are committed to service to the department, college, and university. Preference will be given to candidates who demonstrate inclusive pedagogical practices that advance SCU goals of diversity and equity, and who provide evidence of experience teaching and mentoring a diverse population of undergraduate students.


PhD in Anthropology at time of appointment.

A research plan with promise of publication in relevant peer-reviewed venues.

Evidence of effective university-level teaching in lower- and upper- division classes at time of appointment.

Application Deadline

March 23, 2024

Responsibilities: Teaching, Research and Service
  • Teaching

  • a. Teaching duties include but are not limited to teaching courses that may include: ANTH 3: Introduction to Cultural Anthropology, ANTH 110: Anthropological Theory, ANTH 112: Anthropological Methods, ANTH 154: Environmental Anthropology, ANTH 185: Anthropologies of Latin America, and additional lower- and upper-division courses in the major and core curriculum. The successful candidate will be encouraged to develop upper division courses based on their research specialties, particularly on topics (e.g., resource extraction) that have the potential to be cross-listed with Environmental Studies & Sciences. SCU is on the quarter system and a typical load is two courses per quarter. The successful candidate will also fulfill all responsibilities associated with these courses, including:
    • Conducting and appearing at all assigned class meetings in a timely and prepared manner that demonstrates a command of the discipline and skill in presenting it effectively.
    • Assigning and evaluating written work, projects, and exams that align with course or core learning objectives and providing timely feedback to students.
    • Holding weekly office hours at times reasonably convenient to students.
    • Assigning and submitting student grades that are appropriate, accurate, and fair measures of student performance to the Office of the Registrar by the designated deadline.
    • Administering numerical and narrative evaluations in each section for all courses.

    b. Develop and teach courses that contribute to curriculum development in the relevant degree program and/or the university core. Faculty teaching university core courses should follow an approved syllabus or work with the chair to design an appropriate syllabus for submission for approval from the relevant Faculty Core Curriculum Committee.

    c. Participate in assessment of student learning for courses in the department.

    d. Provide informed advice and mentoring to undergraduate students.

    e. Fulfill other instructional or academic duties as may be assigned by the Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences or by the Chair of the Anthropology Department

  • a. Develop a research program at SCU that will result in the publication of peer-reviewed publications, monographs, and/or creative work per the department scholarship standards.

    b. Preference will be given to candidates with a research program that can accommodate participation of undergraduates.

  • a. Provide effective service to the Department of Anthropology, the College, the University and profession through contributions other than teaching and scholarship such as service on committees, participation in professional organizations and activities, leadership, and community service performed by virtue of professional expertise or association with the university as appropriate to rank and experience.

    Application Procedure

    Please submit the following as PDFs by March 23, 2024 to:

    1) curriculum vitae, including names and contact information for three references

    2) graduate transcript(s) (unofficial transcripts are acceptable at this stage)

    3) sample syllabuses

    4) teaching evaluations

    5) single cover letter that offers a brief summary of (a) teaching philosophy, (b) research plans, (c) your potential to foster intra- and interdepartmental connections at Santa Clara, and (d) your experiences working with people of diverse cultures and identities

    6) Up to 3 examples of representative scholarship, e.g., published article or book chapter.

    References will be contacted in later stages of the search process. Queries about the position may be sent to

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    A foreign national who is appointed to a tenured or tenure-track faculty position is eligible for sponsorship by Santa Clara University.

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