The Department of Anthropology at the University of Pittsburgh invites applications for a full-time, tenure-stream beginning Assistant Professor position in cultural anthropology starting Fall 2021, pending budgetary approval. This position is part of a cluster hire in “Race, Representation and Anti-Black and Systemic Racism” that will create and sustain a cohort of scholars university-wide who specialize in multiple facets of race relations, including modes of representation, processes and impacts of anti-blackness, and the historical and contemporary inequities undergirded by systemic racism. We invite scholars whose work examines and addresses themes of race, equity, systemic racism, and representation across national and global spaces, especially African diaspora and/or North America. Those whose research complements the department’s foci in medicine, global health, the body, and inequalities; and/or labor, precarity, indigeneity and settler colonialism are especially welcome.
The applicant must have a PhD in anthropology or a related field at the time of appointment. An active research program is essential, and candidates must have demonstrated a commitment to excellence in teaching, research and publication. Teaching responsibilities will include two courses in the fall term and two courses in the spring term, at undergraduate and graduate levels, including large lecture courses and smaller seminars. Candidates also will advise and mentor graduate students, contribute to departmental and wider university administration, and participate in the intellectual life of the department. Applicants should apply via Talent Center, https://www.join.pitt.edu/ with the requisition number 20005857.
The online application must include a cover letter that discusses the candidate’s research expertise and teaching experience and pedagogical approaches. The application must also include a diversity statement, CV, and the names and contact information of three references (letters are not required with initial application). For full consideration, applications must be received by Dec. 10, 2020.
All qualified applicants will receive consideration, but members of minority groups under-represented in academia, veterans, and persons with disabilities are especially encouraged to apply.
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The Department of Anthropology at the University of Pittsburgh covers a wide range of geographical and topical specialties in all four subfields of anthropology (social and cultural anthropology, archaeology, physical anthropology, and anthropological linguistics). All four are embedded in a context of anthropological training of broad theoretical and geographical scope.
The Archaeology program emphasizes comparative study of the emergence and development of complex societies, from their initial foundations in hunter-gatherer behavior to their manifestation as states and empires. This theoretical approach is firmly grounded in the use of empirical archaeological data from around the world to evaluate models that offer understanding of the dynamics of change in human societies. Faculty and graduate student research most strongly emphasizes Latin America, Eurasia, and North America. Research is internationally collaborative, and an especially high priority is placed on sound relations with colleagues in regions outside the U.S. where research is carried out. Faculty specialties, and course offerings, include settlement patterns, origins of agriculture, household ar...chaeology, comparative political economies, sources of political authority and legitimization, chiefdoms and states, the rise of cities, mortuary analysis, human ecology, maritime adaptations, pastoral societies, warfare, contact period studies, historical archaeology, cultural resource management, statistical analysis and computer applications (including Geographic Information Systems), faunal analysis, and geophysical approaches to archaeology. To further this end, department resources include: dedicated computer facilities for quantitative and GIS/spatial analysis and digital imaging; wet and dry labs for isotopic pre-treatment and sample preparation; comparative collections for the analysis of Old and New World fauna; and equipment for field-based survey, mapping, geophysical prospection and materials analysis.
The Department of Anthropology supports a broad-based program in Biological Anthropology which provides students with the background to study morphology, systematics, bio-archaeology, paleopathology, anatomy, and evolution. The students then define more specific foci for their own research. The faculty share joint appointments with the School of Medicine, the School of Dental Medicine, and the Carnegie Museum of Natural History. Several extensive collections of casts of fossil primates and skeletal material are located within the department. A wide variety of facilities for the study of functional, comparative, and developmental anatomy are available. These include a laboratory for experimental studies of functional morphology, and image analysis equipment for structural analysis. Students are encouraged to use the resources and courses available in the School of Medicine, the School of Dental Medicine, the Graduate School of Public Health, and other health and biology-related schools and departments within the University. Close ties are also maintained with University-affiliated hospitals.
Social and Cultural Anthropology
The Social and Cultural Anthropology faculty conduct research and offer courses on a wide variety of methodological, theoretical, and ethnographic topics. The societies covered range from tribal and peasant societies to pluralistic nation states. Topical specializations include Medical Anthropology, STS, Health and the Environment; Labor, Precarity, Politics; Mobility, Migration, and Citizenship; Language, Media, and Circulation. Students are trained in methods of collecting and analyzing data, research design, and proposal writing. In geographical terms there is particular emphasis on South and East Asia and the Pacific and on Latin America. Cultural anthropologists collaborate with cognitive and medical scientists, linguists, historians, sociologists, political scientists, and scholars in urban, legal, and Gender, Sexuality and Women's Studies (among others) in other departments and schools in the University.