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Assistant Professor, Anthropology

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The Department of Anthropology at Baylor University is accepting applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor, with an emphasis on human health. We particularly welcome applicants with research interests in one or more of the following areas: global health, evolutionary medicine, human biology, health disparities/inequalities, medical anthropology, psychological anthropology/mental health, biomedical anthropology, biocultural anthropology, molecular anthropology, public health, environmental health, health of indigenous and pre-historic populations, and related subjects. Applicants whose research have transdisciplinary foci and applied relevance are preferred.

The Department of Anthropology is a welcoming community that values diversity and is especially interested in candidates who can contribute to the success of individuals from diverse backgrounds in our academic community through research, teaching, and service. We also accept the American Association of Biological Anthropologists' Code of Ethics, the American Anthropological Association’s Statement on Ethics, the Society for Applied Anthropology’s Statement of Ethics and Professional Responsibilities, and the American Association of University Professors' Sexual Harassment Policy. We pledge to respect each other, our students, and the people, animals, and places we study.

About Baylor University: 

Located in Waco, Texas, Baylor University is the oldest college in Texas. With a population of 21,000 diverse students, Baylor is one of the top universities in the nation, having been named an R1 institution by the Carnegie Classification in January 2022. Baylor is also on the honor roll of the "Great Colleges to Work For" from The Chronicle of Higher Education; Baylor offers competitive salaries and benefits while allowing faculty and staff to live in one of the fastest-growing parts of the state. Our strategic plan, Illuminate, guides the University as we continue to live up to Baylor's mission of educating men and women for worldwide leadership and service by integrating academic excellence and Christian commitment within a caring community.


  • An earned doctorate in Anthropology or related field by the time of appointment is required.
  • Evidence of the potential to generate extramural funding commensurate with the applicant's career stage is required.
  • An active research agenda as demonstrated by publishing and granting is preferred.
  • Experience involving students in research as appropriate is preferred.

The successful candidate will be expected to develop and maintain an externally-funded program of research and contribute to our doctoral program. The ideal candidate will contribute to the department, college, and university through teaching, research, and service. 

Application Instructions:

Complete applications must be submitted by 11 PM Central time on September 15, 2024. The following materials should be uploaded into Interfolio

  1. cover letter explaining qualifications
  2. current curriculum vitae
  3. a research plan including current activities and future goals
  4. a teaching statement including philosophy and experience
  5. official or unofficial transcript of highest degree earned (or if PhD is in progress, a copy of transcript showing completed PhD hours) 
  6. the contact information (names, email addresses, and phone numbers) for three potential references (referees will be contacted by the search committee separately).

Selected applicants will be contacted to complete a required, self-disclosed Religious Affiliation Form. Finalists for the position will be required to submit official doctoral transcripts.

To learn more about the above position, the Department of Anthropology, the College of Arts and Sciences, and Baylor University, please visit Please contact Dr. Michael Muehlenbein ( with any questions.

Baylor University is a private not-for-profit university affiliated with the Baptist General Convention of Texas. As an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer, Baylor is committed to compliance with all applicable anti-discrimination laws, including those regarding age, race, color, sex, national origin, military service, genetic information, and disability. Baylor’s commitment to equal opportunity and respect of others does not undermine the validity and effect of the constitutional and statutory protections for its religious liberty, including, without limitation, the religious organization exemption under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the religious exemption to Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, and the Free Exercise Clause of the First Amendment to the United States Constitution, among others.  Baylor encourages women, minorities, veterans, and individuals with disabilities to apply.



Baylor University is a private Christian university and a nationally ranked research institution, consistently listed with highest honors among The Chronicle of Higher Education’s “Great Colleges to Work For.” The University is recruiting new faculty with a deep commitment to excellence in teaching, research and scholarship. Baylor seeks faculty who share in our aspiration to become a tier one research institution while strengthening our distinctive Christian mission as described in our strategic vision Pro Futuris (, and academic strategic plan Illuminate ( As the world’s largest Baptist University, Baylor offers over 40 doctoral programs and has more than 17,000 students from all 50 states and more than 85 countries. Baylor University seeks to fill the following Assistant Professor (tenure-track) faculty position within the College of Arts & Sciences

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