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Associate/Full Professor: Anthropology

San Diego
Closing date
16 Apr 2023

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Associate/Full Professor: Anthropology

Location: San Diego, CA
Open Date: Nov 07, 2022

The Department of Anthropology at San Diego State University is seeking an outstanding teacher-scholar to join our faculty at the level of Associate or Full Professor with tenure beginning Fall 2023.

We seek someone with a strong commitment to academic and research excellence to help develop a Joint Doctoral Program (JDP) with a Research 1 university partner in public facing/engaged anthropology. Candidates must have a proven record of excellent publication and external funding support. Subfield and geographic region of focus are open, but we seek a colleague who can articulate with departmental strengths in health, migration, the environment, technology and society, heritage and memory, and/or social justice. We seek a scholar who brings creative/innovative methodologies, pursues engaged research programs, and is attentive to institutional and political asymmetries of power. The successful candidate will possess an outstanding record of research, teaching, and leadership along with a commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion. Ideally, the candidate will come with doctorate-level advising and leadership experience and a willingness to play a central role in development of the JDP. Candidates must have a Ph.D. in anthropology. As the JDP is developed, the successful candidate will teach low-to-mid-level subfield-specific courses for the curriculum, undergraduate and graduate courses in the candidate’s research specialties, and advise undergraduate and master’s level students. Applicants should have demonstrated experience in and/or commitment to teaching and working effectively with students from diverse backgrounds and members of underrepresented groups.

SDSU anthropology faculty and students address real-world problems through theoretically driven yet practical applications of anthropology, promoting an understanding of human diversity and commonality around the globe and through time. The department currently offers a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree and a Master of Arts (M.A.) degree in Anthropology. The department’s faculty members are dedicated teacher-scholars; they are active researchers and engaged instructors who regularly unite these tasks by involving students in their projects through firsthand field, lab, and internship opportunities and bringing their original research into student-centered learning environments.

SDSU is the oldest institution of higher education in the San Diego region, with a campus and microsites in San Diego and locations in Southern California’s Imperial Valley and Tbilisi in the Republic of Georgia. The highly diverse campus community has a student population of approximately 36,000. SDSU is included in the Carnegie Foundation’s Doctoral Universities: High Research Activity category. Established in 1897, SDSU offers bachelor degrees in 97 areas, masters in 84 and doctorates in 23. See for more information. SDSU is a large, diverse, urban university and a Hispanic-Serving (HSI) and Asian American Native American Pacific Islander-Serving Institution (AANAPISI) with a commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusive excellence. Our campus community is diverse in many ways, including race, religion, color, sex, age, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, national origin, pregnancy, medical condition, and covered veteran status. We strive to build and sustain a welcoming environment for all.

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Interested candidates should apply via Interfolio: Review of applications will begin January 16, 2023, and the position will remain open until filled. For the initial review, candidates should submit 1) a cover letter; 2) a full curriculum vitae; and 3) the names and contact information of three (3) references.

After initial review, a long-list of candidates will be asked to submit additional materials including a separate diversity statement. The diversity statement should clearly indicate how candidates satisfy at least two (2) of the following eight Building on Inclusive Excellence (BIE) criteria: (1) are committed to engaging in service with underrepresented populations within the discipline; (2) have demonstrated knowledge of barriers for underrepresented students and faculty within the discipline; (3) have experience or have demonstrated commitment to teaching and mentoring underrepresented students; (4) have experience or have demonstrated commitment to integrating understanding of underrepresented populations and communities into research; (5) have experience in or have demonstrated commitment to extending knowledge of opportunities and challenges in achieving artistic/scholarly success to members of an underrepresented group; (6) have experience in or have demonstrated commitment to research that engages underrepresented communities; (7) have expertise or demonstrated commitment to developing expertise in cross-cultural communication and collaboration; and/or (8) have research interests that contribute to diversity and equal opportunity in higher education.

As part of its commitment to a safe and equitable “OneSDSU” community, SDSU requires that individuals seeking faculty employment provide at the time of application authorization to conduct background checks if they become a finalist for the position; applications without this authorization will be considered incomplete and not considered.

A background check (including a criminal records check) must be completed before any candidate can be offered a position with the CSU. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may affect the application status of applicants or continued employment of current CSU employees who apply for the position.

The person holding this position is considered a “mandated reporter” under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and is required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083 as a condition of employment.

The anticipated salary for an associate professor position is $6,190 - $13,172 academic year full- time monthly salary and for professor is $7,794 – 13,797. This amount may vary with candidate rank, experience, and market considerations specific to the scholarly discipline. Salary represents one component of a job offer that will also include a full benefits package, moving expenses, and start-up support.

SDSU is a Title IX, equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate against persons on the basis of race, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity and expression, marital status, age, disability, pregnancy, medical condition, or covered veteran status.

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