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Page for academic positions in Cultural Anthropology that start in 2013.

NOTE: please do not post jobs with a start date in 2012 on this page. 2012 positions should be posted at Cultural Anthropology 2011-2012.

NEW PAGE for 2014 jobs: Cultural Anthropology 2013-2014

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Previous years' wiki pages: Cultural Anthropology 2011-2012 and  CULTURAL ANTHROPOLOGY JOB SEARCH 2010-2011

See also: Linguistic Anthropology 2012-2013 and Physical Anthropology 2012-2013

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Full-Time / Tenure-Track Positions[]

Bellevue University (NE) - Cultural Anthropology[]

Bellevue University seeks a broadly trained cultural anthropologist with real-life experience in cross-cultural applications to a variety of applied areas. This position is best filled by a faculty member serving as an effective educator, mentor and role model for students and adjunct faculty in the College of Arts and Sciences. The successful candidate will have the ability and willingness to teach introductory cultural anthropology courses and develop relevant anthropology curriculum in collaboration with colleagues in other academic colleges (for example, ethnography of technology or entrepreneurial and organization-based communities). The candidate will also demonstrate an ability to teach and train in ways that value the varied learning needs and interests of a sociologically diverse student population.

  • Deadline not stated - posted: 08/16/2012 (Reposted Job: Initially posted on 06/08/2012)

Carnegie Mellon University - Anthropology and History - Oct. 1[]

  • Tenure track faculty position in Anthropology & History
  • 2/2 Load
  • "Candidates’ research should engage with both anthropology and history, preferably drawing upon both ethnographic and archival methods. The successful candidate will teach courses in our Global Studies program, as well as in the History graduate program. We encourage applicants to demonstrate how their research and teaching will contribute to one or more of our graduate program’s thematic strengths in environment, science, technology, and health; African American and African diaspora; culture and power; labor and politics; and gender and family."
  • HARDCOPY ONLY, Deadline: 1 Oct. 2012
    • Also posted at Open Field or Mixed Hire History Jobs 2012-13
      • This job is no longer posted on the Chronicle's website. There is, however, a new job posting for World/Global History listed. Does anyone know if this position is still open? (09/04/2012)
      • Yes, it is. See:
      • Any news?
      • Not yet - did anyone recieve confirmation of receipt of materials? I haven't. (x5)
      • I got an email from the admin person on 10/10 saying my ref letters hadn't arrived and to have my referees send via email.
      • 10/21 received email asking for additional writing samples/draft of dissertation (x4)
      • Has anyone who received the additional material request been contacted again by the dept?
      • 11/9 still no one has heard anything after submitting extra material?
      • I've heard nothing (11/10)
      • Update: Heard second-hand at AAA that there was an interview request.
      • Yes, they interviewed at the AAAs. (12/6)
      • Rejection via email 12/07. (x2) & 12/10 (X1)
      • Did those with rejection emails receive requests for additional writing samples/dissertation draft?
        • I rcvd a rejection email this morning. I never rcvd a request for additional materials. (x3)
        • Had request for additional writing sample. Just got email rejection. (12/12) (x3)
  • Restoring deleted posts [2/7]:
  • heard nothing, still. 2/5/13
  • Job talks are listed on the department's site: looks like they're done.

City College of New York - Sociocultural - Feb. 25, 2013[]

The Department of Anthropology at The City College of New York seeks to add a full-time, tenure track faculty member in cultural anthropology at the assistant professor level. This Department focuses on questions of inequality and social justice through time and at the level of the everyday, including the formation of raced, classed, gendered, and religious identities within structures of power. An interest in borders broadly defined guides departmental interests in immigration, citizenship rights and diasporic processes within the Americas. The specialty of the successful candidate is open, and might include legal, political, or medical anthropology. However, he/she will have or will develop a research program that focuses on an immigrant group or groups in New York. The candidate must have demonstrated excellence in teaching at the undergraduate level as well as the beginnings of an exceptional research program. It is expected that the candidate be interested in working across the disciplines, with colleagues in, for example, Political Science and International Studies, as well as Latin American and Caribbean, Asian, Women's, or Black Studies, as appropriate. A Ph.D. in anthropology is required. Salary commensurate with experience. Interested applicants should submit a curriculum vitae, a statement of research and teaching interests, selected publications, and contact information for three letters of recommendation at (Job Opening ID 7450). EO/AA Employer.

  • Has anyone heard anything from them?
  • Any updates? (4/27)
  • I have not heard any updates (5/30). Anyone heard anything?

Email rejection - no longer being considered for the position (6/7) x4 (6/7)

  • those who were also rejected, would you mind adding your areal focus and status: 
Africa / Cultural / ABD
Cultural/Asst Prof.
Cultural/ LA/ VAP

College of Charleston - Sociocultural/Europe - Feb. 4[]

The College of Charleston School of Languages, Cultures and World Affairs (LCWA), invites applications for a Visiting Assistant Professor in International Studies to begin fall 2013. This position is a new appointment for one year with the likelihood of renewal for an additional two years. The International Studies program seeks a candidate whose research and teaching focuses on European immigrant communities from North Africa Francophone Africa, South or East Asia. The candidate should be able to contribute to inter- and multi-disciplinary teaching and research that enhances our interdisciplinary program in International Studies. Candidates from Anthropology, Sociology, Cultural Studies and Media Studies are specifically encouraged to apply. 

The successful candidate must be able to teach our International Studies introductory course as well as the major's Capstone courses and contribute to an area studies concentration in at least one of the above regions. An earned PhD before August 2013 is required.

Applicants should submit a letter of application, a CV, copies of graduate transcripts, statements of teaching and research interests and philosophy, evidence of teaching effectiveness (including course syllabi and course evaluations), examples of scholarly research, and three letters of reference. The completed packet should be emailed to Lauren Saulino with the subject line: “INTL search”.

The College of Charleston is a co-educational liberal arts institution located in the heart of downtown Charleston, SC.  The International Studies program began at the college in 2010 and is home of the College’s fastest growing major. The program includes faculty from Economics, International Law, Religious Studies, and Political Science and prides itself on multi-disciplinary and inter-disciplinary courses and research.  The College of Charleston is an AA/EO employer and strongly encourages women and minority candidates to apply.  

  • Review of applications will begin February 4. 2013 and continue until the position is filled.

Douglas College (BC) - Anthropology - May 24 []

The Anthropology Department at Douglas College invites applications for two probationary regular faculty positions. One position is a full time position teaching eight (8) sections per year in the fall and winter terms, and the second position is a half-time position teaching four (4) sections per year in the fall and summer terms. As regular instructors, the successful candidates will also attend meetings, and participate in department and campus-wide committee work. We are seeking individuals with experience in any combination of the four fields of anthropology. Ability to teach in one or more of the following areas is required: Introduction to Social and Cultural Anthropology, Native Cultures of British Columbia, Canadian Native Cultures, Anthropology of Religion, Introduction to Archaeology, Introduction to Physical Anthropology and Anthropology of Human Sexuality. The successful candidate for at least one of the positions must have a specialty in First Nations Peoples and Cultures of North America.

Master's Degree in Anthropology/Archaeology or related field, PhD preferred. Experience in successful post-secondary teaching. Ability to work effectively as part of a team, excellent communication skills, demonstrated initiative and creativity, evidence of ongoing professional development, and a commitment to teaching excellence. 

  • This position will remain open until filled with a first review date of May 24th, 2013. 

George Washington University - NTT, Honors and Anthropology - Nov. 23[]

NTT (Recurring) Position in Honors and Anthropology - 23rd November

Job Description: The University Honors Program and the Anthropology Department are seeking an Assistant Professor to fill a non-tenure-accruing position for a renewable three-year contractual period, beginning Fall 2013. Renewal is contingent upon successful performance. Regional specialization is open, though we encourage applications from scholars working on Asia or Latin America.

Responsibilities include teaching five courses per year and may include teaching the year-long Honors freshman proseminar on "The Origin and Evolution of Modern Thought" and upper-level topical area courses in sociocultural anthropology in Honors and Anthropology. Participation in undergraduate advising and other faculty governance and administrative duties in both departments expected. The ability to teach the year-long Honors freshman proseminar on “The Origin and Evolution of Modern Thought” and upper-level topical area courses in sociocultural anthropology in Honors and Anthropology is required. Expertise in human rights, development, and globalization. Regional specialization is open, though there is particular interest in scholars working on Asia or Latin America. 

  • Has anyone heard anything? Thanks.
  • Email request for Skype interview (12/5)
  • received rejection email (01/08). they have selected their candidates for further interviews (x2)
  • campus visit for 1st week of feb (1/22)

Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva - Anthropology/Sociology of Development - 30 Sept. 2012[]

The Graduate Institute invites applications for a full-time position at the rank of Assistant Professor.

Starting date: on 1 September 2013 or on a mutually-agreed date.

Candidates must hold a PhD in Anthropology or Sociology or equivalent, and have a demonstrated interest in, and ability to address broader theoretical issues, as well as methodological challenges of studying phenomena fom the local to the global, using a mix of methods including fieldwork and ethnography. Competence in quantitative methods would be an asset. Candidates must have their doctoral degree in hand prior to their appointment.

The Institute is seeking to attract candidates focusing on one or more of the following fields relating to issues in the South: markets, poverty, inequality and social justice; global health and medicine; issues of global environment, livelihoods and resource use (e.g. climate, land, water, food and agriculture). The capacity to work with colleagues from other disciplines is an asset. The successful candidate will teach at both master's and doctoral levels and supervsie masters' and PhD theses. The teaching language is either English of French. Prior knowledge of French is not required, but the successful candidate is exepected to acquire at least a passive knowledge of it.

  • Received request for additional materials 10/9/12 (x2)
  • Rejection email received 11/9/12 (x1)
  • Rejection email received 12/07/12 (x1)

Haverford College - Visiting Assistant Professor of Anthropology - May 23[]

Haverford College solicits applications for a sociocultural anthropologist with a specialization in Medical Anthropology to fill a one year (renewable for a second year) temporary appointment at the rank of Assistant Professor in the Department of Anthropology.  

  • Please send a letter of application, a CV, the names of three referees, and a writing sample to Applications should be received by May 23, 2013.
    • Rejection letter received 6/22/13 x2

McMaster University - TT Asst Medical Anthropology - Nov. 1[]

The research focus should be in critical and/or applied medical anthropology with an excellent understanding of, and experience with, Participatory Action or Community-Based Research and methods of community engagement. The geographical area of specialization is open, although preference will be given to candidates with areas of specialization that complement current faculty strengths.  Letters of application should address how candidates are prepared to engage in the supervision of graduate students.

Applications due Nov. 1st. To (electronic format) Acting Chair, Department of Anthropology, McMaster University, 1280 Main Street West, Hamilton, ON, Canada, L8S 4L9 T 

  • Has anyone heard anything? When i checked, I realized I never received an acknowledgement of receipt (12/19)
  • campus visits scheduled for end of Jan/early Feb

Mississippi State University (Nov. 16, 2012) - Department Head[]

The Department of Anthropology & Middle Eastern Cultures (AMEC) at Mississippi State University seeks applications for the position of Department Head to begin July 1, 2013. AMEC ( is a young, rapidly growing department. Undergraduates receive basic grounding in four-field anthropology. The applied M.A. program has two tracks: archaeology/bioarchaeology and cultural anthropology. Faculty areas include environmental anthropology and archaeology, human skeletal analysis, household and settlement pattern archaeology, and medical anthropology. Applied aspects include cultural resource management (CRM), forensic anthropology, isotope studies, geophysics, and human-environment interaction. The Department Head will serve on graduate committees and as major professor for a limited number of students. Teaching expectation is one course per semester. AMEC is in the College of Arts & Sciences, which includes 14 academic departments and eleven programs. The department is housed in the Cobb Institute of Archaeology ( , an endowed institute with office and lab space, a research library, a museum and a CRM office. The Head of AMEC will work in consultation with the Director of the Cobb Institute to coordinate activities and meet shared goals of the Department and Institute. Applicants must have a Ph.D. in Anthropology or Archaeology and have or be eligible for tenure at the rank of Professor. Candidates should have a substantial publication record, experience with grants and contracts, and a research agenda complementing the department’s B.A. program in Anthropology and M.A. program in Applied Anthropology. Subfield, interest area, and geographic area are open. Applicants should send a cover letter, CV, statement detailing the applicant’s vision for and fit in an applied program, evidence of scholarly activity and teaching effectiveness, and names & contact information for at least three references to Chair, AMEC Search Committee, PO Box AR, Mississippi State University, Mississippi State, MS 39762. Applicants must also apply online at (PARF # 6854).

  • Review of applications will begin Nov. 16, 2012, although applications will be accepted and reviewed until the position is filled.
  • Job posting at AAA

Northern Arizona University - TT Asst. Medical Anthro. - Nov. 15[]

The Department of Anthropology at Northern Arizona University seeks a tenure-eligible assistant professor whose duties include both undergraduate and graduate level teaching, as well as standard tenure-eligible research and service activities. Ability and experience with external funding of research is desirable.

  • Minimum qualifications are PhD in Anthropology by August 1, 2013, and an emphasis in medical anthropology.
  • Preferred Qualifications: Preference will be given to individuals with a strong biocultural background and research agenda who have a record of success in obtaining external funding. Preferred areas of research and teaching interest include (but not limited to) public health and health disparities, cross-cultural and/or international health programs and policies, environmental health issues, and interactions of culture and genetics. Preference will be shown to individuals with evidence of teaching effectiveness at the undergraduate and graduate levels with strong ethnographic and mixed methods training and skills. Evidence of applied activities in keeping with the department's applied anthropology orientation is desirable. The candidate's geographic and cultural foci are open. Preference will be given to candidates who demonstrate a commitment to diversity and to web based teaching.
  • This position will be open until filled or closed. Review of applications will begin on Nov. 15, 2012.
  • Inquiries, letters of interest,can be sent to (% Dr. Chris Downum, Screening Committee Chair). Assistant Professor #600008. . NAU is a committed Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action institution. Minorities, women, persons with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply.
  • Receipt of application via e-mail including this statement: "Northern Arizona University’s faculty search process is thorough and consequently takes time. We will attempt to keep you informed of our progress as we go through the various review processes." (11/7) (x3)
  • Any word on this yet? (1/14)
  • Nope, waiting like the rest (1/15)
  • Very soon! (knowledgable about the process, 2/6)
  • Any word yet (2/18)?
  • I just saw two announcements (on the AAA jobs site) for non-tenure track teaching faculty at this department.  Does this mean that this search has been cancelled or transformed into non-TT positions? (2/19)
  • I'm wondering the same thing (2/22); however, with 2 nonTT jobs posted, it seems likely this search has been cancelled, even if there's been no formal notation of it.
  • Not cancelled (2/25)
  • Phone interviews are currently in progress for TT position (3/9)
  • Phone interview stage in March. Jeez, that's slow.
  • On campus interviews scheduled (4/16)
  • Any word yet? 5/11

Northern Arizona University, Lecturer (non-TT) - March 15[]

Lecturer in Anthropology. The Anthropology Department at Northern Arizona university seeks a full time, non-tenure track Lecturer position with an emphasis in sociocultural and linguistic anthropology. This is a non-tenure eligible regular faculty position focused on our undergraduate liberal studies program and anthropology major. The position includes a 4/4 teaching load, with some flexibility for revised assignment to meet other departmental needs, including curriculum development, research (especially with undergraduates), and service duties.

To apply, please send a curriculum vitae; names of at least three references; a cover letter that explains your interest in the position and addresses the criteria listed above; unofficial transcripts; and a concise statement of your teaching philosophy, experience, and approaches to a diverse teaching environment to: Chair, Sociocultural and Linguistic Search Committee, NAUANTHROPOLOGYSEARCH@NAU.EDU

  • Phone interviews conducted on 4/16,17, 22, and 23
  • Any news? 5/7

Northwestern University - TT (Environmental Social Sciences) - Nov. 8[]

  • Northwestern University is accepting applications for an open rank tenure-track position in Environmental Social Science that starts in fall 2013. The successful applicant will be a member in a home department in one of the social sciences (Anthropology, History, Political Science, Psychology, or Sociology) and will participate in the interdisciplinary Environmental Policy and Culture Program. While all environmental social science areas will be considered, we particularly welcome applicants whose research fits within Northwestern University’s areas of strength as represented in the University’s Strategic Plan, including but not limited to (1) Sustainability and/or Climate Change, (2) Global Health, and (3) Inequalities and/or Social Justice. We seek colleagues with a strong commitment to empirical research (quantitative or qualitative) and excellence in teaching. A Ph.D. by the time of appointment and teaching experience are expected. AA/EOE applications from women and under-represented minority candidates are especially encouraged.
  • Applicants should submit (1) a letter of intent describing their current research agenda and teaching experience/interests, (2) one representative written work, (3) a curriculum vitae, and (4) the names and contact information for three referees via the online application system found at . Only electronic application materials will be accepted. The internal review process for applications will begin on November 8, 2012 and continue until the position is filled. Questions can be directed to
  • Letters Requested (11/9) (x4)
  • any updates on the search?
  • Got an email saying that I'm no longer in the running. I also heard from a good source there that neither of the final two candidates are anthropologists (2/17)

Ohio State University - Cultural Anthro. of Health - Nov. 1[]

The Ohio State University Department of Anthropology seeks a cultural anthropologist whose research and teaching focus on the social, cultural, economic, and/or environmental determinants of health, beginning academic year 2013-2014.

To complement our strengths in human nutrition and reproductive health and to develop new collaborations within and outside our department, the Department of Anthropology seeks to recruit a junior-level cultural anthropologist who applies a biocultural approach and engages a political economic framework in the study of human health and well-being, including but not limited to mental health, addiction, infectious disease, and the growing international epidemic of non-communicable chronic diseases. The successful candidate will strengthen our research collaborations with other OSU departments and colleges in the health, social, and behavioral sciences in developing theory and methods to address long-standing questions about how complex interactions between sociocultural and biological factors affect human health and well-being. The successful candidate will use ethnographic and epidemiological methods of data collection and analysis. Highest priority will be given to applicants having expertise in both of these areas, which will broaden the scope of analysis beyond the traditional framework of biomedicine or discipline-bound approaches to the study of population health. Such expertise will also contribute to the university’s current strategic interests and the college’s efforts to integrate the biological, psychological, and social components of health and well-being. Ph.D. required. Evidence of productivity and excellence in research and teaching required.

  • Application deadline is November 1, 2012. Send letter of application, CV, and contact information for three references to Chair, Anthropology Search Committee, Department of Anthropology, 4034 Smith Laboratory, 174 W. 18th Avenue, The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH 43210-1106.
  • Canceled? I can't find this job on the AAA website or on OSU's own jobs database. Does it still exist?
  • E-mail notification of "long short list" with request for additional materials & letters of reference (11/8)
  • Any news? (12/20)
  • They've made a short list (12/20)
  • Campus visit invite (12/17)
  • Campus visit invite (12/21)

Oregon State University - Asst. Prof. Cultural and Ecological Anthropology - Oct 31[]

The Anthropology Department at Oregon State University invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 9-month, tenure-track Assistant Professor position in Cultural and Ecological Anthropology. Reappointment is at the discretion of the Director. This position supports the School of Language, Culture, and Society's (SLCS) emphasis on Social Justice and builds burgeoning native/indigenous studies in the School.

  • E-mail rejection from HR that they've "decided to move forward with another candidate" Jan. 2 (X2)
  • Email rejection from HR "to inform you that your application received full consideration, but you are not among those selected for further consideration" (1/11) x2

Pacific Lutheran University - TT, Latin America[]

The Department of Anthropology at Pacific Lutheran University is seeking a tenure-track faculty member to teach six 4-credit courses during the academic year. We seek an individual specialized in Latin America to teach introductory courses in cultural and linguistic anthropology, and upper division courses preferably in religion and/or transnationalism, or topics that complement existing faculty offerings.

Please submit your application including cover letter, vitae, and a list of courses prepared to teach at . 3 confidential letters of reference will also be requested by PLU for selected applicants.

  • posted 10/12/2012: "Review of application materials will begin immediately, but the position will remain open until filled."
  • Received an email invitation for AAA interview (10/22).
  • Request for additional materials (12/10).
  • Request for phone interview (1/14)
  • A question regarding the previous post: is this an additional interview after the AAA interview?  Or are they separately interviewing people who did not make it to the AAAs?  (1/15)
  • I (same person) wasn't interviewed at the AAAs - although I did go - so who knows? (1/15)
  • Email rejection (2/8)  x2
  • campus visits scheduled (2/12)
  • Was this job cancelled? I see the same job listed again (along with another), but this time with a 2014 start date <---NOTE: readvertised position posted at Cultural Anthropology 2013-2014. Perhaps last year's search just failed?

Pierce College  Los Angeles Community College District, TT, March 29[]

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Princeton Univ. (NJ) - Asst. Professor, TT, Sociocultural Anthropology (2 positions) - Oct. 1[]

Princeton University Department of Anthropology invites applications for two tenure track assistant professor positions in sociocultural anthropology. We seek ethnographically grounded and theoretically engaged scholars whose research and teaching promise to expand our current range of inquiry. Applicants should send a cover letter summarizing their teaching and research goals for the next three to five years, and -- given Princeton's strong emphasis on independent work -- a statement of advising philosophy for undergraduate and graduate students. Application dossiers should also include a full CV, names and contact information for four referees, a writing sample (e.g. published or submitted article) and syllabi for two courses in sociocultural anthropology (one basic, one more advanced). The PhD is required by time of appointment (July 1, 2013); therefore, current graduate students should also indicate their progress toward timely completion of the degree.

Applications should be made through Princeton University Jobs website: Address applications to Search Committee, Department of Anthropology. Review of applications will begin on October 1, 2012, continuing until the positions are filled.

Future information about the department can be found at: For information on Princeton’s policies related to faculty and families, see

Application review begins: October 1, 2012

Start date: July 1, 2013

InsideHigherEd Ad here

  • I looked at the Web site to check out the faculty research interests. What struck me was that almost all of the them are Columbia or UC Berkely alumni. Ridiculous.
  • Are we supposed to send physical copies of the application materials? I went to their Jobs website and couldnt' upload anything.
  • Do you read this advert to mean that the cover letter must include a section on advising philosophy, or that a separate advising philosophy should be sent?
    • Not applying for this, but since the clause about advising philosophy occurs in the sentence detailing the contents of the cover letter, I would assume they are asking for it in the letter rather than as a separate document. It is a bit ambiguous, though, so it might not hurt to inquire with the dept?
    • "Applicants should send a cover letter . . . , and a statement of advising" -- I can't parse that as anything but two separate items (and "statement of [blank]" is a common stand-alone item in these sorts of job apps
  • The online application form is asking for different documents than the ad states. Instead of advising philosophy, the online app is asking for a statement of teaching interests AND a statement of teaching interests (NOT a statement of advising philosophy). What did others do?
    • I sent a long letter including a 3-5 yr research plan with teaching interests and then a separate Advising Statement, since that is what the job ad asked. I did not ask contact the Dept to ask.
    • has anyone heard anything re: long or shortlisting? 10/23
    • Received a request for letters but no invitation to interview (10/22) - i imagine this might mean that I'm on a long list?
    • I also received a request for letters but no invitation to interview on 10/22.
  • Received email invitation to interview at AAAs (10/22) x4 (along with a request to have letters sent)
  • Received email invitation to interview at AAAs (11/7) (along with a request to have letters sent)
  • At the AAAs, I overheard the chair of the committee tell someone they were interviewing 23 people for these positions!
  • Campus visit scheduled (12/07)
  • Just out of curiousity: has the search committee made a shortlist for both positions? (1/2/2013)
  • If campus invites are happening, that is the short list.
  • Not the one asking the question, but it is odd that only one person says they had a visit scheduled when there's two jobs. It's hard to believe that only one person out of the whole short list is active on the wiki. Nice to see some signs of life here still. (1/3/2013)
  • I personally know someone who has a campus visit there, and they do not use this wiki. 
  • I have heard all four names of the people invited for campus visits (though one person dropped out). All of them interviewed at AAAs, so I have no idea what that means for people contacted even before AAAs for refs due after AAAs but never interviewed (1/6).
  • Who drops out of a campus invite to Princeton?! Yeeesh.
  • Apparently, that person got a pre-emptive offer not to entertain the Princeton offer...apparently, there are four people on the short-list, still. Maybe an additional person was added (1/7).
  • 8 campus visits have been scheduled for January (1/8).
  • Since we don't name names like some other wikis, would those who claim to be "in the know" at least name the kinds of universities/institutions from which the candidates invited for campus visits are coming? Just curious about the select tiny pool.
  • As one of those selected for campus visit, I would deeply appreciate if any person to whom an offer is made report it here--should I be one of the fortunate chosen, I pledge to do the same.
  • I also had a campus visit and am still waiting as well.
  • Heard that one offer has been made (don't know about the second one. 2/16).
  • Rumor has it the second search has been cancelled... (3/8)
  • long short list received an email stating first job is still pending, second job is deferred and that there is a one-year lectureship position for next year (3/14)
  • I was invited for a campus visit.  I received this generic email on 3/15, which was sent to everyone on the short list: "Warm greetings from Princeton.  I am writing to share an update from our on-going search process.  One position is still pending, but we thought you should know that we have deferred filling the second line in favor of a future assistant professor search. In the interim, we have posted an ad for a one year lectureship in sociocultural anthropology, and we look forward to filling that position later this spring. I apologize for the anonymity of this message — it goes out to you with collegial good wishes from all of us here.  Please don’t hesitate to be in touch if you have questions, now or later on."  I find (a) the impersonal nature of this communication, and (b) the lack of information it contains to be slightly offensive.  Would it have cost the search committee much time to send us each a personal email with a more robust explanation?
  • agreed. apparently it is unrealistic to expect the committee to decide upon the desired specialization and number of positions beforehand, let alone send a decent explanation.  
  • for what it's worth, heard that the person who was offered the TT job took another offer, and the factionalized dept. didn't have a contingency plan, betting the farm that the one person they could "agree" upon would take it--and losing. so both searches "failed" while most of us still don't have jobs. pretty sad commentary on how this whole market works...
one year lectureship for 2013-14 posted at
  • Deadline May 3. With the endearing condition "... preference will be given to scholars whose PhDs are 2011 or later." (4/23)
  • That is just obnoxious. As if being more than a year or two out of graduate school makes you "stale". They don't seem to have caught on to the fact--or perhaps more accurately, they just don't care, like most other elite institutions--that more and more quality scholars who would make a fine addition to any department are having to take post-doc after post-doc (if they're even that lucky) while competing with persons who already hold full time TT jobs for new lines. Good luck to all in this dog-eat-dog world.
  • any news on the lectureship? (5/21) No news on my end (5/28)

Regis University--Asst. Professor Sociology/Anthropology Dec 3rd[]

  • Request for interview at AAA (11/8)
  • Request for personal statement relating to university mission (12/14) x4
  • Question to above posters:  Did you fill this out on the application website at the time of submission?  Is this an additional statement?  Thanks!
  • I believe it was an additional statement since it came with a notice of being a semi-finalist...Other opinions?
  • Has anyone had a phone interview yet?
  • I was told 12/14 that they would be meeting to decide on finalists to interview on campus 1/17. So I would think finalists would hear any day if not already (1/19)
  • Campus visit invite (1/22)
  • Snail mail rejection letter (2/25)

Saint Louis University - Socio-Cultural Anthro/Intercultural Studies - late Oct.[]

Saint Louis University, a Catholic, Jesuit institution dedicated to student learning, research, health care, and service is seeking applicants for a tenure track appointment, at the rank of Assistant or Associate Professor in the Department of Sociology and Criminal Justice and a secondary appointment in the Center for Intercultural Studies to begin fall 2013. We are looking to hire a socio-cultural anthropologist and the subareas are open, but the Department and Center have research interests in intercultural studies, health/medicine, urban, immigration and environmental sustainability. The successful candidate will have expertise in theory and methodology and a willingness and ability to teach a graduate level theory and/or methodology course. Position responsibilities include conducting and publishing research, teaching graduate and undergraduate anthropology courses and helping to build a dynamic anthropology program and contribute to an intercultural center. A Ph.D. is required at the time of the appointment. The Sociology and Criminal Justice department is interdisciplinary with 16 full-time faculty positions, including 3 anthropologists, 200 undergraduate majors, an MA program, and is a thriving part of a doctoral/research extensive university. In addition, Saint Louis University is an urban university ranked as one of the top 5 Jesuit-Catholic universities in the country. All applications must be made online at ; applications must include curriculum vitae, a sample of written (published) work and a cover letter. Send three letters of recommendation by post to: Richard Colignon, Chair, Department of Sociology and Criminal Justice, Saint Louis University, 3750 Lindell Blvd., St. Louis, MO 63108.

  • Review of the applications will begin in late October and applications will be accepted until the position is filled.
  • Saw an e-mail from faculty to a list that said there are 2 positions now.
  • Does anyone know if they are planning to interview at the AAAs? (11/10)
  • Does anyone know anything about whether this search has gone forward? (12/10)
  • Received email - selected to long-short list and request for skype interview next week (01/10) (1/18)x2
  • Invited for on-campus interview (2/5) [2/7 NOTE - earlier deleted post read: "Campus visit invite (2/4)"]
  • Did someone get an offer?  And has it been accepted? (3/12)
  • I had an on-campus interview and am still waiting for word. You? (3/12)
  • Same here.  I was under the impression they would make a decision in early March, but I never heard back from them.  (3/13)
  • Second poster from 3/12 here - I am still waiting for an update from SLU. To the other finalist who posted - any idea how many people had on-campus interviews? I see two advertisements for job talks on the university's website and one of them is for my talk. Does this mean there are two of us, or simply that only two talks were advertised online?
  • I believe they had three candidates for on-campus interviews.  Not sure why they are not all advertised. And I heard back that they will make a decision by the middle of this week.  (3/19)

School of Oriental and African Studies - Lecturer/Senior Lecturer in Anthropology[]

The Department of Anthropology and Sociology at the School of Oriental and African Studies, London invites applications for a permanent lectureship tenable from September 2013. Preference will be given to a candidate with expertise in the anthropology of Japan. The successful candidate would be expected to teach courses on the ethnography of Japan and Japanese culture and society, to contribute to the development of postgraduate programmes in their area of expertise, to teach and develop other courses at undergraduate and postgraduate levels, and to assume normal administrative tasks including PhD supervision. The successful candidate will have an outstanding publication record.

You must have a PhD in Social or Cultural Anthropology. It is expected that you will have expertise relevant to the vision and strategy of the School, including a strong interest in issues of particular importance to the developing world.

  • Closing date: 23 April 2013 Interviews are provisionally scheduled for week commencing: 27 May 2013
  • I know its early but has anyone heard anything yet? (4/14)
  • From my experience with the British system, you will not hear anything until after the closing date, for the simple reason that the HR office will not transfer the applications to the department until then.  Maybe SOAS is different, but I think it's pretty standard.
  • Interview scheduled for 5/30 (5/21)

University of Alaska- Medical Anthropology - Review begins Nov. 1[]

The Department of Anthropology at the University of Alaska Anchorage (UAA) invites applications for a tenure track position in cultural anthropology with an emphasis in medical anthropology beginning August 2013. The department takes a four-field approach to anthropology with a research focus on Alaska and the Far North, offering B.A. and B.S. degrees and an M.A. in Applied Anthropology. The candidate must demonstrate a commitment to teaching and to developing a research agenda which both complements and adds to existing departmental expertise. This appointment will contribute to the University of Alaska’s tripartite mission of teaching, research, and service. The direct link to the job posting is:

  • Campus interviews for candidates to take place in February. 1/28/2013

University of Calgary - Arctic and Northern Anthropologist - Jan. 21[]

The Department of Anthropology at the University of Calgary invites applications for a tenure track position in Arctic and Northern Anthropology at the Assistant Professor rank. Preferred areas of research for this position will be located at the intersection of northern life, energy industries, environment and politics. Research themes are not limited to, but can involve, complex energy systems, Arctic knowledge economies, environmental sustainability, land use and occupancy, energy and security, corporate responsibility, development and human migration, climate change, social and health impact of exploration and extractive activities. Theoretical research area is open. The successful applicant will teach courses at all levels in the Social and Cultural Anthropology undergraduate program, and supervise masters and doctoral students in the Department of Anthropology. The successful applicant will also be expected to maintain an active research program, open to collaborations. 

Along with their letter of application, applicants should provide a current curriculum vitae, evidence of their highest degree attained (such as a copy of the diploma), a statement of teaching philosophy, a statement of research interest, and samples of scholarly work. The closing date for applications is January 21, 2013. Applicants should ask three referees to send a letter of recommendation under separate cover for the closing date. Applications and letters should be sent to: Arctic and Northern Anthropologist search, c/o Julie Boyd, Department of Anthropology, University of Calgary 2500 University Dr NW Calgary AB.

  • LINK for more information  - see also Ad at H-NET
  • Those of you who did not have much success in this search and who have expertise in Arctic anthropology might be interested in the following CLIR postdoctoral position at University of Colorado, which is still open as of 2/19:
  • To the above poster - I take it this means decisions have been made, and a short list has been created. Or were you just offering some moral support?
  • Moral support - I have absolutely no information about the outcomes of the search above. What I do know is that CLIR is still soliciting applications for this postdoc.
  • Campus visit scheduled 3/1/13

University of California, Berkeley - Anthropology of Media - Feb. 15[]

The Department of Anthropology at the University of California, Berkeley seeks to fill a tenure-track, junior position (Assistant Professor) in the area of the anthropology of media to begin July 1, 2013.

Full Job Ad

Open Nov 8, 2012 through Feb 15, 2013 (If you apply to this recruitment by Feb 15, 2013, you will have until Mar 1, 2013 to complete your application.)

DESCRIPTION: Suitable applicants should be engaged in analytically rich and ethnographically-driven research on topics concerning the production, circulation and uptake of media artifacts, aesthetic forms, and practices. Areas of specialization we are interested in span both “old” media (print, radio, TV, film) and “new” media (Internet, smart phones).

  • Also posted at Communication and Media Studies 2012-2013
  • Any news? (02/25) p.s. I do know it's early as they only started looking at applications on Feb 18th, but please post if anyone has heard anything! And good luck to everyone.
  • Not a peep so far. (03/10)
  • received request for draft of dissertation and 2 writing samples on March 11 to be submitted by March 15.
  • heard that at least one campus visit is happening next week (04/03) 
  • confidential short list of six candidates sent to department, with scheduled talks throughout April (4/4)

University of California, Berkeley, TT Asst. Professor of Visual Culture - Oct. 15[]

Department of History of Art, University of California at Berkeley. Assistant Professor of Visual Studies (tenure-track). Appointment effective July 1, 2013; PhD required by start date. In an initiative to broaden our conceptual coverage and our representation of methods and theories in interdisciplinary visual studies, the Department seeks a specialist in the anthropology of art and/or critical theory of image-making broadly defined, especially if focused on key technologies of image- and object-production and their histories and economies. Substantial PhD-level training in non-Western or Western arts and visual cultures is desirable; evidence of comparative, analytical, or historiographical work beyond particular area/period studies in art history is essential. Teaching at both undergraduate and graduate levels is expected; located in a global research university in a dynamic metropolitan area, the Department administers a large and vital major and an internationally prominent PhD program. Affiliation with or cross-appointment in other programs on campus is possible where relevant.

All application materials should be uploaded to the secure search portal at by October 15, 2012.

University of California, Los Angeles-- Open Subfield, Assistant or Associate- Jan 31[]

Over the next one to two years, the Department of Anthropology at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) seeks to hire two anthropologists for tenure-track positions at the Assistant or Associate Professor level who will contribute theoretical and empirical innovation at the leading edge of the discipline. We invite applicants in any subfield(s) of anthropology and encourage applications from those whose work creatively bridges subfields. Our department is committed to building a more diverse faculty as it responds to the changing population and educational needs of California and the nation. We welcome candidates whose experience in teaching, research, or community service has prepared them to contribute to our commitment to diversity and excellence.

  • To apply, applicants must submit (a) an application letter including statement of research and teaching interests, (b) curriculum vitae, (c) up to three publications or article-length writing samples and (d) names and email addresses of three references who will write letters of recommendation. Please reference Recruitment Job #1085-1213-01. Review of applications will begin on January 31 and will continue until the positions are filled. Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience; Ph.D. is required at the time of appointment. The appointment can begin as early as July 1, 2013.
  • Where does one apply for this??? I don't see it on the UCLA anthro homepage or on the AAA jobs site.
  • Kind of weird that it is only advertised there, and with a deadline in less than two weeks. Not to mention the timeline for hiring. Inside job? I thought UC positions had to be advertised widely.
  • Here are the deleted entries. Deletions seem to have occurred by accident, not intention, when someone was moving a search to "completed" section. Please, please, please use "Preview" before you hit publish before you make a major page revision. It is time-consuming to fix inadvertent erasures and it upsets other users on the page. Thanks. [2/7]:
  • Does anyone know if the application site automatically sends an email to your referees upon submitting the application? It's not clear and I want to give a heads up to my referees. Thanks!
  • yes, it does.
  • thanks
  • The department is looking to increase diversity
  • Is that an interpretation of the job description or some knowledge beyond what's posted?
  • If you reread the job description, you'll see the language right there.
  • Yes, but most job descriptions have some mention of diversity goals -- however it does seem to be highlighted here rather than any other deisred specialization. Are we sure this is a diversity hire -- any point applying if you look like Mitt Romney?
  • Heard a local rumor that it is. Aside from that, the fact that it was posted at this odd time with a quick deadline, the open-ended language of the advert, and its very flexible timeline all give the department a lot of latitude in recruiting, which corroborates the idea. But all that said, Mittens, it never hurts to apply. LDS presidential candidates are clearly a minority group-- you can never predict what a department might end up deciding it wants.
  • I view advertisements with "diversity goals" with a great deal of skepticism.  I have been a person of color in the finalist position on 2 campus interviews this year with "strong emphasis" on diversity goals as stated in the ad and personally stated to me; in both cases, the candidates chosen were of obvious European descent, but their research and/or course teaching interests were on the African Diaspora, Latin American Studies, etc. (I was an acquaintance of both - they are good people, with substantive skills, talents - I'm not knocking them personally).  But, at the end of the day,  I have stopped filling out the survey requests for diversity candidates that come from the Human Resources Depts.  They use these for their stats on how many people of color respond to their recruitment ads, regardless of who they actually hire. Makes them/the university look good.  So, if you are a person of color and actually expect there to be substance behind the words - I hope you encounter a university that actually means what it says and doesn't simply go for the stats and the window dressing.  I have yet to find one......
  • Phone interviews (2/5)
  • Person who posted "Phone interviews"  --do you mean you were contacted to schedule one, or that they are already doing them??
  • FYI I have it on good authority that the seach committee has NOT started soliciting phone interviews yet.  
  • Is there anybody who gets contacted for the next step, phone interviews and so on? (02/20/2013)
  • no further information so far.  I heard the the SC is still receiving and reviewing application.  So far they've received more than 400 applications!
  • any further updates on the search?
  • heard that they are still taking applications, planning to complete mine this week.
  • they stopped accepting applications at the end of February and the ad was pulled from the Chronicle (by 2/28); has anyone gotten a phone interview or heard anything about these positions?  Someone mentioned to me that the national budget "sequester" might impact whether or how they move forward with this, even though these aren't "research" specific jobs. Comments? (3/19)
  • Submitted an application in early March, and just received EOE survey request, so it seems unlikely either that phone interviews were scheduled in early February, or that the search committee stopped accepting applications at the end of February.
  • I submitted my application in time for the first (quick turn around) deadline. A few weeks later I got an EOE request, and ignored it. Then I received two more EOE requests today from a differnt person at UCLA. Maybe this means I should respond.... (3/20) 
  • I've received two EOE survey requests also, but nothing in terms of a request for an interview...(3/21)
  • I also received two EOE survey requests in one day. In my experience, EOE survey requests have nothing to do with interviews. They are required to submit information regarding those who apply to the position. Schools who are less than classy sometimes send these to applicants along with a rejection letter.
  • Campus visit scheduled in April (3/21)
  • I got an email that 6 campus visits are scheduled but i am not one of them; the email is SO illusvie as following: "This is a complex search that offers the possibility of filling more than one position over the next year or two; as such, we are still accepting applications and are not closing the search or eliminating candidates from consideration at this time. As we move forward, we will consider your application to remain active unless you inform us that you’d like to withdraw or until we inform you that the status of your application has changed in some way."(3/28) x2
  • Maybe my expectations have just been lowered a great deal, but I actually found this a rather forthright email. Instead of just quietly conducting interviews and eventually getting around to sending us rejection letters after the fact, they have emailed to let us know that interviews are occurring, that we are not at the top of their list, but that if these interviews are not successful or if they desire to make another hire, they will go back through the pile of letters to see if anything looks better the second time around. True, this is unlikely, but it is the unmentioned reason why schools hold off on rejecting us until they are absolutely certain they have someone who has signed on the dotted line. Basically the email says, don't count on it, but we're not going to reject you until there is nothing left to give out.
  • I wonder if the ambiguous "rejection email" above was selectively sent or sent to [all] applicants. x2 I wonder too! Were we special or not at all? lol! :)
  • The fact that they created a listserv to deliver the news is kind of funny and suggests that this is more or less a wholesale rejection. I guess this is to be expected considering that the job ad frames "diversity" so ambiguously that virtually any anthropologist could read themself into it; no specified subfields, topical foci, or geographical regions - just diversity. It seems like a rather anti-intellectual approach to an important cause.     
  • How would constraining their pool of applicants to a particular sub-field, topic, or region be helpful to the important cause of diversity? Doesn't strike me as "anti-intellectual" to keep a wide variety of options open. 
  • Any news on whether these positions were filled? The advert is still up, and the general impression seems to be that it's an ongoing thing with a rolling deadline. But given how many people applied and the fact it got to interviews, it seems like it would be a bit weird to put a new application in now... 
  • positions not filled yet, they are still doing campus visits.  
  • heard one offer has been accepted, not sure about the other

University of Chicago - Sociocultural Anthropology - Dec 1[]

The University of Chicago Department of Anthropology seeks to add one or more faculty in sociocultural anthropology. Theoretical innovation emerging from rigorous analysis of empirical material is an important consideration. We seek an anthropologist working on political cultures of law and governance, the cultural and knowledge practices of institutions, or the historical anthropology of colonialism and postcoloniality.  Other areas of interest include religion, medicine, gender and sexuality, environment, and markets.  We particularly invite applications in African and Latin American studies. Multiple hires are possible. Rank is open; PhD should be in hand at the time of application. Applicants must apply online at the University of Chicago’s Academic Jobs website,  Applications are required to include 1) a current curriculum vitae (including the names and contact information for at least four referees); 2) a cover letter that describes your research, publication, and professional profile; your research and publication plans for the next 3-5 year period; and your plans for teaching at both graduate and undergraduate levels; and 3) two article-length publications.

  • Review of applications will begin on Dec 1, 2012. The University of Chicago is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer.
  • Job talks are already scheduled.(1/15).
  • Rejection received (1/22) x2

University of Mississippi - Cultural Anthropology (deadline unclear)[]

The University of Mississippi invites applications for an Assistant Professor of Anthropology. This is a tenure track position beginning August 2013. We are looking for a cultural anthropologist with a traditional, four-field education who has an active fieldwork-based ethnographic research program. Thematic and geographical areas are open. Ph.D.‘s and advanced ABD’s in anthropology will be considered. We will be interviewing at the AAA meetings. To help us in scheduling interviews in San Francisco, please submit your application materials as soon as possible. The University of Mississippi is an EEO/AA/Title VI/Title IX/Section 504/ADA/ADEA employer. Interested candidates should apply online at by submitting their curriculum vitæ with the names and contact information for three references, letter of application, and one-page statement of teaching philosophy (using the “Other 1” link).

  • invitation for AAA interview, 10/27 (x2)
  • Any news since AAA?
  • I know they called references in mid-January, but I haven't heard anything since then.
  • Campus visits ongoing (early Feb).

University of Montreal - Medical Anthropology - Jan 15[]

The Department of Anthropology at Université de Montréal invites applications for a full-time tenure-track Assistant professor position in Medical Anthropology, with specialization in mental health and/or non-biomedical therapeutic traditions and/or health and globalization.. The successful candidate will be expected to teach at all three levels of the curriculum, supervise graduate students, engage in ongoing research and publication, and contribute to the academic life and reputation of the University. Applicants should have completed a PhD in Anthropology or related discipline, have teaching expérience, oublications and extensive field work experience. Applicants should be proficient in the French language. The Université de Montréal is a Québec university with an international reputation. French is the language of instruction. To revitalize its teaching faculty, the University is intensively recruiting the world’s best specialists. In accordance with the institution’s language policy, the Université de Montréal provides support for newly-recruited faculty to attain proficiency in French. The Université de Montréal offers a competitive salary and a complete range of employee benefits. Starting date is June 1, 2013.

  • Applicant should send a cv, a cover letter, samples of their publications and three letters of recommendation by januaray 15 to the following address : Bernard Bernier, Chair, Deparment of Anthropology, Université de Montréal, CP 6128, succursale centre-ville, Montréal, QC H3C 3J7, Canada; or by email to
  • Heard that a short list has been drawn up, I'm guessing that those people have been contacted (13 Feb)
  • Four campus visits scheduled.

University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill - One-Year Medical Anthropology Instructor Position[]

The Department of Anthropology at UNC-Chapel Hill is seeking to hire a 1-year replacement Instructor in cultural medical anthropology. We seek a dynamic teacher whose research focuses on anthropological analyses of biomedicine, including topics such as: new biomedical technologies and ontologies of the body; disability and care-giving; infectious disease in political-economic and cultural contexts; epidemics and the politics of biosecurity; medical research and clinical trials; transplant; end-of-life care; and drug use/rehabilitation technologies. Scholars working on questions related to the intersections of biomedicines and other medical systems, including epistemologies of medical pluralism, the politics of bio-prospecting, and the circulation of pharmaceuticals, are also of interest.

Fall semester courses to be taught are: 1)Body and Subject, an upper level course examining the body and embodiment in anthropological perspective; and 2)Living Medicine, an introductory-level course examining the various dimensions of biomedicine as work, knowledge, industry, and identity. Spring semester courses are 1)Medicine and Anthropology, an upper level undergraduate course examining anthropology’s approach to the study of biomedicine; and 2) Anthropological Approaches to Disability, an upper level undergraduate course examining anthropology’s approach to the cultural analysis of disability.

We are also looking for a colleague who will be actively engaged in our Moral Economies of Medicine Working Group.

Salary range for the 1-year position is $40,000-42,000 according to experience.  The University of North Carolina is an equal opportunity employer.  Applications are particularly encouraged from women and minority scholars.

University of North Carolina, Greensboro - Dept. of Anthropology, Head of Dept. - Jan. 2 2013[]

The Department of Anthropology at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro invites applications and nominations for the position of Department Head, the appointment to be effective August 1, 2013. The appointment carries permanent tenure and may be at the rank of either Professor or Associate Professor, depending upon the individual’s qualifications and experience.

The Head is expected to provide effective administrative and intellectual leadership for the department, to have a strong commitment to the department’s undergraduate mission, to support the faculty in their work as teachers and researchers, to supervise further development of the undergraduate program and undergraduate research opportunities, and to establish strong ties between the department and university initiatives. The department welcomes applications from individuals representing any area of anthropology, particularly those whose empirical research would complement the emphases already represented in the department.

The Department of Anthropology ( is one of 20 departments in the College of Arts & Sciences and offers the BA degree with a current enrollment of approximately 116 undergraduate majors. The department supports a four-field approach to anthropology and values hands-on experiences for students. It has nine full-time faculty members and expects to be hiring additional tenure-track faculty in the coming years. The areas currently represented are archaeology, cultural anthropology, and biological anthropology. The faculty members have a strong commitment to engaging students in their research programs.

  • UNC Greensboro is especially proud of the diversity of its student body, and it seeks to attract an equally diverse applicant pool for this position, including women and members of minority groups. It is an AA/EEO employer with a strong commitment to increasing faculty diversity and will respond creatively to the needs of dual-career couples. Review of applications will begin on Jan. 2, 2013, and will continue until the position is filled. Applicants should submit their vita with a letter explaining their interest in the position and a description of their approach to the responsibilities of a Department Head, including evidence of demonstrated leadership accomplishments as well as effective communication and organizational skills; a statement about their research program and evidence of funded research; a statement about their teaching philosophy; and contact information for four references. If you have questions about the position, please contact the chair of the search committee, Denise Baker ( Applications should be submitted by email to
  • One of my letter writers was told that the job had been cancelled
  • No. Not this job. They had another position for an assistant professor before which was cancelled indeed. But this one is on.

University of Ottawa - TT Asst. Middle East and/or North Africa - Nov. 30[]

The Department of Sociology and Anthropology at the University of Ottawa is accepting applications for one (1) open-rank tenure-track position.

The department seeks applicants with a proven research and publication record in one or more of the following areas: the Maghreb or the Middle East. Fieldwork experience and a demonstrable interest in teaching methodology are required. Expertise in visual anthropology or an interest in new media will be highly valued.


  • Conducting research and publishing activities
  • Teaching at the undergraduate and graduate levels
  • Supervising Master's and Ph.D. candidates
  • Participating in the University's academic and administrative activities
  • Other activities as specified in the collective agreement


  • Hold a Ph.D. in anthropology;
  • Demonstrate excellence or the potential for excellence in teaching and research;
  • Possess a strong publication and research track record in the field.
  • The ability to teach in both official languages at the moment of hiring is desirable.

BILINGUALISM: The University of Ottawa is a bilingual institution and all professors in the Faculty of Social Sciences must be actively bilingual to obtain tenure.

STARTING DATE: July 1st, 2013

Consideration of applications will begin on November 30th, 2012 and will continue until the position is successfully filled. Applicants must submit their curriculum vitae and a letter indicating their teaching and research experience and interests. They must also indicate their French and English language abilities and submit copies of their main publications. Applicants must also request that three referees send letters of recommendation under separate cover. All information and letters are to be sent directly to: Maurice Lévesque Director, Department of Sociology and Anthropology, Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Ottawa, 120 University Street, Room 10005, Ottawa, Ontario K1N 6N5. Email:

  • 12/18 Invited for campus visit in late January!

Univ. of Pennsylvania - Religion and Community, Modern South Asia (1600-present) - Nov. 1[]

The Department of South Asia Studies at the University of Pennsylvania seeks to appoint a tenure track assistant professor in the field of religion and community in modern South Asia (1600-present). Candidates may have expertise in any religious tradition, but should be familiar with the broad spectrum of religious life in modern South Asia. Disciplinary orientation is open. The candidate should have mastery of South Asian languages relevant to his or her tradition and/or region of focus.

The successful applicant will display demonstrable excellence in undergraduate teaching, as well as the ability to supervise graduate students working in diverse religious traditions and with a range of disciplinary orientations. We especially encourage applicants who are conversant across disciplines.

  • Applications will be reviewed starting November 1, 2012 and will continue until the position is filled. Applications should include a cover letter, a curriculum vitae, representative writing samples/publications, sample syllabi for both graduate and undergraduate courses, a statement of research interests, and the names and contact information of three individuals who will provide letters of recommendation. Applicants should mention in their cover letter whether they are planning to attend any of the following annual meetings this fall: the American Academy of Religion, the American Anthropological Association, or the Madison South Asia Conference.
  • Also posted at Religious Studies 2012-2013

University of South Carolina- Cultural Anthropology[]

Job Description: The Department of Anthropology and the Institute for Southern Studies invite applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor in sociocultural anthropology specializing in the Native American cultures of the Southern United States. Applicants must have demonstrated abilities in external funding, publishing and research, and teaching. The position will begin in August 2013, and the candidate will be expected to hold the Ph.D. at the time of appointment.

The Institute for Southern Studies ( is an interdisciplinary program offering an undergraduate minor degree, with a rich history of fostering research on the American South. The Department of Anthropology ( is a four-field program offering the B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. degrees, and which has long provided interdisciplinary perspectives on Native American cultures. Preference will be given to applicants displaying a balanced background that plays to the respective programmatic strengths of Southern Studies (especially ethnohistory and colonialism) and of Anthropology (especially health disparities and comparative diasporas). We particularly encourage candidates with research interests in the Carolinas.

  • Letter received stating that applications will be reviewed through mid-November and that they hope to have the job search completed by the beginning of December break. (11/8) x 2
  • Reject letter dated Nov 20 stating they've narrowed search to three candidates. (11/24) x3
  • No rejection letter received yet, but no invitation either (11/27) x 2

University of Texas, Austin - Mexican American studies - OUF[]

Job Description:

The Center for Mexican American Studies and the Department of Anthropology invite applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor position in Anthropology to start Fall 2013. We are seeking candidates with training in Expressive Culture, Ethnography, Immigration, US/Mexico Cultural Relations, Oral History, and Health and Medicine on the Border.

The selected candidate must have a Ph.D. in hand by August 2013 and will be expected to teach key undergraduate and graduate courses for the Center for Mexican American Studies and Department of Anthropology, develop a strong research program, demonstrate evidence of successful research productivity, direct graduate research and exhibit service to the two units, college, and university. Applicants will be expected to work collaboratively in an intercollegiate and interdisciplinary setting and should be able to demonstrate a successful publishing and research trajectory. All applicants should have a solid record as an effective classroom teacher. The salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Applicant Instructions:

To apply submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, three letters of recommendation, and a writing sample of 30 pages maximum to Interfolio or you may send the information to ATTN: Dr. Domino Perez, Director, The Center for Mexican American Studies, 306 Inner Campus Dr. Stop F9200, Austin, TX 78712. Review of applications will begin immediately. Applications must be complete to be given full consideration. A background check will be conducted on the successful candidate and the University of Texas at Austin is an AA/EEO employer. Position funding is pending budgetary approval. Please direct inquiries to Dr. Domino Perez, Director, Center for Mexican American Studies,

University of Toronto Scarborough (Health Studies) - December 17[]

The University of Toronto Scarborough invites applications for three tenure-stream appointments in the area of Health Studies. These appointments will be at the rank of Assistant Professor, and will commence July 1, 2013.

We especially encourage applications from candidates with an excellent research record in health policy, the social, spatial and behavioural determinants of health, epidemiology, health services research, health economics, or community health. Initially, the Department of Anthropology will be the home department for this appointment, because currently, Health Studies is housed there.

The successful candidates must have a PhD in a relevant health related field in the social or health sciences. They also must have records of excellence in research, show potential to develop externally funded, vibrant research programs, and exhibit the capacity for demonstrated excellence as instructors at the undergraduate and graduate level.

  • Invited for campus visit (2/10)
  • Received email rejection (2\13)

University of Virginia - Asst. or junior Assoc. Professor - Oct. 19[]

Tenure-track or tenured, full-time position at the rank of Assistant Professor or junior Associate Professor. Seeking anthropologists with a research focus on the relationship between culture and environmental changes. Research questions might include: how do people react to environmental changes drawing on cultural resources-including local knowledge systems, religions and rituals, language choice, gender identities, kinship structures, social organization, and cultural expressions such as art, literature, poetics and music? How are these changes situated in a wider global context and within a historical context? Geographic area is open.

The appointment will be housed in the Anthropology Department (, but the person appointed will hold a two-year Mellon Fellowship in Environmental Humanities at UVa's recently inaugurated Institute of Humanities and Global Cultures, and he or she must show ability to enhance this interdisciplinary community, engaging actively with other Fellows and with other scholars at U.Va. to strengthen scholarship and teaching.

To apply, please submit a Candidate Profile through Jobs@UVA ( and attach the following: CV, cover letter describing qualifications and research trajectory, two samples of written work that demonstrate integration of ethnography and theory, and contact information for three references; search on posting number 0610454.

  • Review of applications will begin August 24, 2012 and early submissions are strongly encouraged. Priority will be given to applications received by October 19, 2012 in selecting candidates for preliminary interviews either at the AAA Meetings in San Francisco (11/14-18, 2012) or by Skype for selected candidates not attending the AAA. However the search will remain open until filled.
  • Interview at the AAA request received via email; email included a request to have letters of reference <2 pages each be sent. (11/8)
  • post-AAA interview request for dissertation and teaching evaluations. Was described as "another cut" (11/23) (x2)
  • One campus visit has been completed and two others are scheduled for late January.  [I am connected to the department, not an applicant]
  • As if I didn't already know, mass rejection email recieved today. 
  • SC went for associate level; an offer was made and tenure decision is pending.
  • The original candidate decided not to leave home institution - not sure what this means in terms of other candidates. [I am connected to the department, not an applicant]

Vanderbilt University - Cultural Anthro./Andean Studies - Oct. 31[]

The Anthropology Department at Vanderbilt University invites applications for a tenure-track assistant professor in cultural anthropology with a regional specialization in Andean studies, beginning fall semester 2013. We seek an individual with a strong theoretical orientation. Political ecology, political economy, history, ontologies, and social movements are of particular interest, but other approaches will be given consideration. The applicant’s work should be grounded in ethnographic field research, with an active program of ongoing scholarship. The successful candidate will join colleagues specializing in South American studies within a research-oriented and growing department of anthropology focused on Latin America, with a well-funded doctoral program.

Teaching responsibilities will include four courses per year, with undergraduate and graduate classes in general cultural anthropology and the applicant’s areas of expertise.

  • The application deadline is October 31, 2012. Please email cover letter, CV, names of three references, and evidence of teaching effectiveness to: Address letters to Tom Dillehay, Search Committee Chair, Department of Anthropology, Vanderbilt University, VU Station B #356050, 2301 Vanderbilt Place, Nashville, TN 37235.
  • AAA interview
  • Request for additional materials (12/10)
  • Someone I know has been asked to come out for a campus visit (1/15)

Wake Forest University - VISITING, ONE-YEAR POSITION - JUNE 30, 2013[]

Wake Forest University’s Department of Anthropology invites applications for a one-year, nonrenewable, Visiting Assistant Professor position in Cultural Anthropology, beginning Fall 2013. Applicants must be able to teach Introduction to Cultural Anthropology and a first-year student seminar course (usually related to their research specialty, which is open). Total teaching load will be 3-3 for the 2013-2014 academic year. Evidence of teaching excellence and commitment to the training and professional development of undergraduates are required.

  • Send a single PDF containing a letter of interest, current vita, and list of three references to Rosemary McCarthy, Anthropology Administrative Assistant, at Cover letters should be addressed to Dr. Paul Thacker, Chair of Anthropology. For full consideration, please submit file by June 30, 2013.
  • Three finalists interviewed the week of July 15. Offer extended and accepted. 

Postdoctoral Fellowships (for 2013)[]

SEE ALSO: Humanities and Social Sciences Postdocs 2012-13 []

University of Colorado Postdoctoral Fellow in Arctic Social Science Data Curation[]

Postdoctoral Fellow in Arctic Social Science Data Curation, National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSID)/CIRES.

Applications are accepted via 'CLIR's online application system. 'Review of applications begins January 1, 2013, and applications will be accepted until all positions are filled.

  • NSIDC Title: Research Scientist I: Postdoctoral Fellow in Arctic Social Science Data Curation
  • CIRES Title: CIRES/NSIDC Research Scientist I
  • CU Title: Research Associate
  • Reports To NSIDC Lead Project Manager
  • Incumbent
  • Created Fall, 2012
  • Revised
  • FTE 100%

The National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC), part of the Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRES) at the University of Colorado at Boulder, serves as a national information and referral center in support of snow and ice research. Our mission is to make fundamental contributions to cryospheric science and excel in managing data and disseminating information in order to advance understanding of the Earth system. Position Overview. NSIDC is expanding its data management capabilities into new disciplines beyond the geosciences. In particular, two ongoing projects supported by the National Science Foundation (NSF) are addressing a broad array of physical, life, and social science data of the Arctic. The Advanced Cooperative Arctic Data and Information Service (ACADIS— is a collaborative effort with the National Center for Atmospheric Research to provide data archiving and access for all projects funded by NSF's interdisciplinary Arctic Science Program including Arctic Social Sciences. The Exchange for Local Observations and Knowledge of the Arctic (ELOKA—eloka‐ provides data management and user support services to facilitate the collection, preservation, exchange, and use of local observations and knowledge of the Arctic. To help address this expanding scope NSIDC has created a two‐year postdoctoral fellowship to expand its capabilities in managing Arctic social science data. As a member of the ACADIS and ELOKA teams, the Postdoctoral Research Scientist will be working with professional data scientists and curators at multiple organizations, and the broader Arctic research community to enhance and expand data management services that formally preserve Arctic data and make them available to diverse audiences in integrative ways. The Research Scientist will conduct active research on how social science is actually conducted, in order to develop requirements for effective management of social science data. A Science and Technologies (STS)‐based research approach is preferred. In keeping with the broader goals of the NSF Arctic Program, a special focus should be on social science research that seeks to integrate data across disciplines and understand systemic aspects of the Arctic. The Research Scientist reports to the NSIDC Lead Project Manager who is a co‐principal investigator on ACADIS and ELOKA and is responsible for coordinating data management across all of NSIDC. Duties. The Research Scientist will play a strong role in defining social science data archival and usage requirements for ACADIS and related NSIDC systems. The Research Scientist is expected to develop and sustain Arctic social science data management at NSIDC through the future. Tasks include:

  • Define and implement a research agenda to understand how Arctic social science researchers collect, assess, manage, access, share, and prepare their data, especially in a multidisciplinary setting;
  • Based on ongoing research, define data system and process requirements to accommodate social science data and users;
  • Develop NSIDC’s capacity to effectively manage, preserve, and ethically share social science data;
  • Work with NSIDC's staff to develop and implement data systems and interfaces for social science data;
  • Develop/refine data archival processes and management for social science data;
  • Develop knowledge representation methods in support of social science data;
  • Travel to Arctic research locations and national and international meetings to understand Arctic social science research approaches;
  • Publish research results in peer‐reviewed literature;
  • Secure ongoing funding to sustain social science data management and related research initiatives at NSIDC;
  • Other activities, as required for the completion of the project.

In addition to work on ACADIS and ELOKA, the successful applicant will have opportunities to engage with other diverse projects at NSIDC. They will be supported and have opportunities to strengthen their skills in proposal writing, publishing, managing students and staff, and will have access to periodic teaching and speaking experiences at the University of Colorado. The Research Scientist may be required to perform fieldwork in remote locations and/or work flexible hours in support of field activities. The Research Scientist will have regular attendance; the ability to work under stress and multiple projects; the ability to work well with others and accept direction, supervision and performance feedback; and to perform all related tasks as required.


  • A completed Ph.D. in social science, data curation, or informatics by the time the position begins;
  • Knowledge of and experience in data management and stewardship, including digital preservation issues, concepts, and practices;
  • Experience with large‐scale storage systems, databases, and digital libraries;
  • Knowledge and skills with methods of data representation and interoperability;
  • Familiarity with common social science data formats and visualization and analysis tools;
  • Project management and leadership skills;
  • Familiarity with Science and Technology Studies theory and methods;
  • Experience in collaborative projects and/or interdisciplinary activities;
  • Ability to travel to conferences and to visit and collaborate with Arctic researchers and communities;
  • Excellent oral and written communications skills;
  • Problem solving ability;
  • Ability to manage multiple tasks simultaneously.

Desirable skills:

  • An understanding of the Arctic (cultures, languages, geography, politics, etc.);
  • Experience with Science and Technology Studies based research;
  • Technical skills in computer programming or web design;
  • Experience working in the Arctic or with Arctic researchers;
  • Experience and training in a multidisciplinary setting.

The position will be filled as a Professional Research Assistant at the University of Colorado at Boulder and will be eligible for employee benefits, including 22 days of vacation per year and an excellent savings plan. The University of Colorado at Boulder is committed to diversity and equality in education and employment. The University of Colorado at Boulder is committed to providing a safe and productive learning and living community. To achieve that goal, we conduct background investigations for all final applicants being considered for employment. Background investigations include reference checks, a criminal history record check, and when appropriate, a financial and/or motor vehicle history.

Completed and/or Cancelled Searches[]

Appalachian State University - TT Medical Anthropology / China[]

The Department of Anthropology at Appalachian State University invites applications for a tenure track position in cultural anthropology at the rank of Assistant Professor to begin August 2013. Medical Anthropology is the required specialization. In addition, candidates must have extensive research experience in China on traditional Chinese healing practices. Candidates should have a record of and potential for grant procurement, publication, and undergraduate teaching. Ph.D. in anthropology is required.

The Department of Anthropology has a well-earned reputation for collegiality among its 12 full time and 3 part time faculty covering the subfields of cultural anthropology, archaeology, and biological anthropology. With approximately 200 majors and enrollments of over 1400 students per semester, the department offers B.A. and B.S. degrees in multiple concentrations, including general anthropology, archaeology, biological anthropology, sustainable development, and applied anthropology, as well as a number of courses in the university’s general education curriculum. Numerous undergraduate research opportunities are available for students, including field schools, internships, lab projects, and individual studies at home and abroad.

Applications should include: (1) a letter of application outlining teaching and research interests; (2) current CV with names, addresses, and phone numbers of three references; (3) one writing sample, and (4) recent teaching evaluations. Applications should be sent electronically to Dr. Patricia Beaver, Search Committee Chair, at the following email address: Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.

  • -Have good information that they already know who they're hiring for this position (2/12/13)
  • -Have good information that the above comment (re: fixed search) is completely untrue (2/13/13)
  • Well, it is TRUE (2/18/13)
  • Grow up (2/20/13)
  • E-mail rejection (4/23).  States that position has been filled.
  • The offer went to the husband of an assistant professor there.

Bard College - Cultural Anthro. - Oct. 15[]

The Anthropology Program at Bard College invites applications for a full-time tenure-track Assistant Professor position in cultural anthropology, effective fall 2013. Areas of specialization are open but preference will be given to candidates with a geographic focus on the Middle East. We are particularly interested in candidates who can offer ethnographically grounded courses that contribute to public or engaged anthropology. Topic of expertise open, but might include one of the following interests: religion, humanitarian politics, social movements, labor, and the public sphere. Candidates must demonstrate a commitment to innovative teaching at a liberal arts college as well as excellence in scholarship. Candidates must have Ph.D. in hand by July 2013.

  • Please submit curriculum vitae, cover letter describing research and teaching interest, evidence of teaching experience including course syllabi, a writing sample and three letters of recommendation by email to . Applications must be received by October 15th. Preliminary interviews will be conducted at the American Anthropological Association meetings in San Francisco.
  • Has anyone been invited to interview? (11/5) Not me (Nov 9) (x6)
  • A friend of mine has an interview. I haven't heard anything myself (so I'm guessing no....) (Nov 9)
  • invitation to interview at aaa (nov 9)(x3)
  • Has anyone heard anything? Have campus visits been scheduled? A: no news since AAA interview
  • I heard that someone had been invited for a campus visit next week (12/6).
  • Evidently offer made and accepted: Someone forwarded me an announcement of the new hire. (1/16)
  • Rejection email (2/8)

Bennington College - Visting Position in Sociol-Cultual Anthropology - April 16[]

Bennington College seeks an anthropologist for a visiting position for the academic year 2013-14. Area of concentration is open, and of particular interest are scholars who complement Bennington’s current social science offerings. Geographical focus outside of Africa and South Asia is preferred.

Teaching responsibilities are for two courses per term, one introductory and one upper level course. A Master’s Degree is required; PhD is preferred. Bennington College is a small liberal arts institution with a deep tradition of creativity and student-centered learning. More information about the College may be found at our website,

  • Position has been filled.

Brown University - TT Asst. Socio-Cultural Anthropology/Population Studies - Oct. 1[]

The Department of Anthropology at Brown University invites applications for a tenure-track assistant professor position in socio-cultural anthropology with a specific focus in population studies. The geographical area is open, but expertise on Africa, Asia, or the Middle East is a plus. The successful candidate will be expected to participate actively in Brown’s Population Studies and Training Center, including pursuing an active research agenda and teaching and supervising graduate students in the department’s anthropology and population track. Ability and experience teaching undergraduate courses that address global problems related to population (e.g., development, health, and the environment) are desirable, as are research interests in these areas. We seek a theoretically innovative scholar with demonstrated success conducting ethnographically grounded research and an exciting trajectory of future scholarship. The PhD must be in hand before appointment.

  • Candidates should submit a letter of application, curriculum vitae, and the names and addresses of three referees to: Review of applications will begin immediately. Applications received by October 1, 2012 will receive full consideration. The appointment will be effective July 1, 2013.
  • received email via interfolio asking for supplemental materials (10/5) X4
  • Received this email from interfolio on 10/12:
"Dear applicants, There may have been some confusion about requests for materials for the Brown job, when information appeared temporarily in the job ad that was meant to go only to 15 people on a long shortlist who were asked to submit additional materials. Only applicants who received a specific request for additional materials should gather and submit these additional materials. Apologies for any inconvenience."
  • I got this notice as well, after getting an email from interfolio on the 5th asking for more materials. Are people who previously received an email from the same interfolio "help" address requesting more materials assuming they are indeed on the long shortlist?
I think the answer to this is yes. Nevertheless, you may want to check with the department to make sure.
  • Received email requesting Skype and AAA interview (10/30)
  • Campus visit scheduled (12/3)
  • any updates on the search?
  • also, what about the post doc? any news on that front? --> Writing Samples and letters requested and were due March 1. I haven't heard after that (3/9).
  • offer has been made for t-t search, not to me. (3/1)
  • congratulations to the candidate who was offered the job!  Has the offer been accepted?
  • no, not yet (as far as I know). purely speculating here, but there may be a competition for retention involved. (3/7)
  • Any more updates on the post doc search?
  • The postdoc search is a separate one.  
  • word on the street is an offer was made for the postdoc search. But I could be wrong!
  • Was the T-T search concluded?  Offer accepted?
  • as far as I'd heard, not yet.
  • No, not yet
  • Wow, that cadidate must have several good offers to negotiate!
  • just heard: offer declined 3/22
  • did the department offer the position to the 2nd candidate?
  • I heard via an indirect source that the job negotiation is still ongoing.  I could be wrong on this regard, of course.
  • search finally complete, second candidate accepted the offer [posted 4/22]

Carleton College - TT Asst. Socio-Cultural Anthropology - Sept. 15[]

The Department of Sociology and Anthropology at Carleton College invites applications for a tenure track assistant professorship in socio-cultural anthropology beginning September 1, 2013. The successful candidate will have a specialization in globalization, sustainable development, or food and an area studies specialization in Latin America, East Asia, or the Middle East. In addition to teaching in their substantive areas, the successful candidate will also be required to teach Introduction to Anthropology. The individual we seek is dedicated to excellent teaching in a liberal arts environment, welcomes opportunities to work with students as partners in learning, and is committed to teaching students with diverse backgrounds and learning styles. Strong research credentials and a promising scholarly agenda are essential, and the successful candidate will have a Ph.D. in Anthropology (or its completion imminent).

To apply, please visit the Carleton College website at to complete the online application, including a letter of intent, c.v., statement of teaching philosophy, and contact information for three references.

  • Review of applications will begin on September 15, 2012 and preliminary interviews will be conducted at the 2012 American Anthropological Association Annual meetings in San Francisco.
  • FYI - although the ad says "contact info for three references" these references will receive requests for letters of reference once you submit your application to the online system. In case you want to warn your references. (9/24)
  • FYI - This is probably obvious, but I wrote to ask whether they would consider other geographic regions. The answer was no; they want to diversify their coverage. Had to try! Good luck to all who meet the criteria. (8/1)
    • Anyone heard from this school? I applied but haven't heard anything. (x2) Hope someone gets into the long/short list!
    • Request for interview at the AAAs (10/22) (x3)
    • Congrats! Did you hear via email? Yes, from the administrator (10/22).
    • Generic email rejection from administrator received, 10/23. "Although your credentials were impressive, other candidates fit our needs better at this time" etc.
    • Did anyone else not get the generic e-mail, but also no contact from them about AAA meeting?
      • I was not contacted for an AAA interview and did not get the generic e-mail (x4). I also did not write in my cover letter that I would attend the AAA, I regret that.
      • That's probably the maybe 'come back to after AAA' pile. Unfortunately (I'm in this boat too, so don't take this the wrong way) in this market, maybe is likely going to be a no.
      • Yes, I did write in my cover letter that I would attend the AAA, and have not presently received either a request for a AAA interview or a rejection (10/23). (x6)
      • Did everyone else's rec letter writers submit letters? The reason I ask is that I believe only two out of three of my recommenders submitted, since the automated e-mail they received said the deadline was in late November (in small print). So we assumed that they wouldn't look at rec letters until after AAA interviews. But now I'm wondering if this is the reason why I haven't heard anything. Ugh.
      • I also only have two recommendation letters. One of my recommenders commended that he was given until November 30th to submit the letter. I have not receiced either a rejection or an invitation for interview.
    • Request for syllabi and a writing sample for AAA interview (10/25) (x3)
    • Invitation for campus visit and interview (11/20)
    • Have other people been invited for a campus interview? 
  • Rejection email (11/27) x2
  • Neither rejection or invite here, after AAA interview (11/28) Congrats to the invitees! (x2)
  • Neither invitation to interview nor rejection, much less campus visit. (x2)
  • I see on their Web page that they have three job candidate talks listed for January. They don't list the names, though--good for them on that choice.
  • Why? I don't see why that is something to be coy about.
  • Has nothing to do with being coy. Some of the applicants probably already have positions, and they'd like to keep their job-seeking activities "private" for fear of retribution from their current employers. (I'm not one of those who was invited, by the way.)
  • Rejection email--no previous contact (12/17)x2
  • Offer was made and accepted

Central Washington University - Sociocultural- Jan. 4, 2013[]

The Department of Anthropology and Museum Studies at Central Washington University invites applications for a full-time, tenure-track sociocultural anthropologist at the assistant professor level. We are looking for a broadly trained sociocultural anthropologist, who can contribute within a four-field department, with specializations in one or more of the following: economics, gender/sexuality, politics, or religion. We are particularly interested in candidates with (1) excellence in teaching; (2) research, geographic and other specializations to strengthen and/or complement our existing anthropology faculty; (3) active research program with potential for student involvement. The successful candidate is expected to teach classes at all levels of the curriculum, and be prepared to teach the history of anthropological thought. Requirements: Anthropology Ph.D. in hand at the time of application; 2-years of full-time teaching experience or equivalent; active research program. Screening will begin immediately and continue until a candidate is selected. Applications received after January 4, 2013 cannot be guaranteed full consideration.

  • Applications are ONLY accepted online at . Send (1) letter of application; (2) CV; (3) statement of teaching philosophy; and (4) contact information for three professional references. Position begins Sept. 16, 2013. For inquiries (not applications) contact Dr. Tracy Andrews, search committee chair (
  • Has any applicant heard anything yet? A: Nope, haven't heard (1/11) (x4)
  • Rejection 1/11 (x4)
  • Does anyone know how many applicants they had for this position?
  • Has anyone been contacted for an interview?
  • I did not receive a rejection, but have not heard anything from them either way. (1/20/13).x5
  • Restoring deleted posts [2/7]:
  • I got a rejection, it's the fastest rejection I've seen; anyone know if it's an internal hire?
  • Rejection 1/28 (x4)
  • Request for syllabi, evals 1/29 (x2)
  • Request for phone interview (2/7)
  • Rejection email (2/15)
  • Anyone know if an offer has been made?
  • They are still in the process of (or just finishing up) campus visits (3/14)
  • Received e-mail stating that the interview process was complete and that they had selected a candidate for the job (3/29)

College of the Holy Cross - Sociocultural/Africa - Oct. 29[]

The Department of Sociology and Anthropology at the College of the Holy Cross invites applications for a full-time tenure-track appointment in cultural anthropology to begin in August 2013. Rank open. We seek a teacher/scholar specializing in the study of Africa; sub-specializations of interest include anthropology of religion, urban anthropology, media, critical development studies, medical/global health, nationalism and ethnicity, and linguistic anthropology. The successful candidate will teach introductory cultural anthropology, intermediate courses (some related to Africa), and advanced seminars. New course development is welcomed. This position carries a 3-2 teaching load. Please submit a cover letter describing research and teaching interests, curriculum vitae, statement on teaching including sample syllabi, undergraduate and graduate transcripts, and three letters of recommendation to Questions about the position can be sent to Prof. Susan Rodgers, search committee chair, Sociology and Anthropology,

  • Review of applications will begin on Oct. 29, 2012, and continue until the position has been filled. We shall conduct initial interviews at the AAA meetings, Nov. 14-18, 2012
  • I know we are not supposed to ask if people have heard about jobs - but I'm wondering if anyone has heard a peep from Holy Cross? Did anyone else on the wiki apply for this one?
  • I applied and have not heard anything yet (11/7) (x3)
  • request for AAA interview via email (11/7) (x5--I was one of the people who posted this AM that I hadn't heard yet) I was contacted today. Doodle interview request shows 22 interviews! (11/8) 25 interviewees (11/11)
  • have not heard a confirmation from the administrator on the requested time (11/11)
  • On 11/8, I wrote to the administrator to ask if times would be confirmed and she said that I should just come at the time I picked. This makes me very uncomfortable as it seemed like the doodle poll was not set up that way. I keep imagining all 22 of us showing up at "my time." (11/11)
    • I second this discomfort but hesitate to write to the administrator again given I had enough complications with this application because of Hurricane Sandy. Anyone else concerned about the opacity/non-confirmability of the Doodle poll?
    • I am also concerned. How are we to know that our selection was even registered? It's strange that we cannot even go back and confirm what we selected. I tell you, there are a million small forms of torture involved in this application process.
    • The admin just wrote to change my interview time due to a problem with the doodle poll. She states that everyone's times will be confirmed. Phew.
  • Just received request for 2 writing samples (12/5) (x3)
  • Campus visits are currently taking place (2/6)
  • Recieved rejection email - position offered and accepted.

Davidson College (NC) -Sociocultural Anthro of Africa - Oct. 31[]

The Davidson College Dept. of Anthropology invites applications for a tenure-track position in the sociocultural anthropology of Africa at the rank of assistant professor. Applicants must have a research and teaching focus in sub-Saharan Africa as well as teaching expertise in issues related to African-Americans. Applicants should submit the following materials online at cover letter, writing sample, CV, research statement, graduate transcript, teaching statement, sample syllabus, list of 3 academic references, and dissertation abstract. Additional supporting materials may also be included. We anticipate selecting our list of interviewees for the AAA meeting by October 31st.

  • Does anyone know what happened in their search for a Latin Americanist last year? (TT hire made)
  • The ad says they would contact candidates for interviews by Oct 31st. Did they contact anyone thus far? (11/1)
  • For what's it worth, two of my collegues and I applied for this job and none of us has heard a thing. (11/2) Me again, still nothing personally :(, but one of the collegues reports an interview request.
  • Received request for interview at AAA even though they won't have a table at the meeting (11/5) (x2)
  • Don't know if this is still the case (or if it would be reflected in the "table" chart on the AAA website) but I interviewed with them a few years ago, and it was in a hotel room, not at a table.
  • They were supposed to notify by now. Has anyone heard anything?
  • Flyouts scheduled.
  • Had a Skype Interview in December and received a letter the other day (dated Dec. 17 but I was out of town) indicating that they had chosen other candidates as finalists. (1/12/13)
  • An offer has been made and accepted (2/13/13)

Duke University (NC) - Cultural Anthropology - Oct. 15[]

The Department of Cultural Anthropology at Duke University invites applications for a tenure-track faculty position with a specialization in the relationship among culture, society, and genomics. The appointment will be made at the Assistant Professor rank; the successful candidate will be jointly appointed in Duke’s Institute for Genome Sciences & Policy, with research and educational activities bridging between and enriching both academic units. We seek a scholar whose research focuses on the manifold cultural and social issues surrounding genome sciences, including the interface between these emerging sciences and topics such as cultural diversity, heritage, technology, the body, economy, government and the politics thereof. The successful candidate should have strong training in anthropology – preferably a Ph.D. in the discipline – and should have conducted qualitative ethnographic fieldwork. The Ph.D. must be in hand by July 1, 2013.

  • Letters of application, a curriculum vitae, three letters of reference, and one writing sample (25 pages maximum) should be sent as pdf files by October 15, 2012 to Pat Bodager at Please do not send hard copy (though your recommenders may send their letters in hard copy or in other formats besides pdf if necessary; the address for hard copy letters is Pat Bodager, Department of Cultural Anthropology, Box 90091, Duke University, Durham NC 27708). All applications received by October 15, 2012 will receive full consideration.
  • Anyone have any information about who is chairing or on the search committee for this job? How anthro-heavy versus IGSP?
  • writing on behalf of a friend who got a skype interview request, scheduled after the AAA.
  • contacted to schedule job talk (Dec 11)
  • This was a failed search: two candidates gave job talks, no one was hired.

Eckerd College (FL) - Cultural Anthro. - Nov. 2[]

Assistant Professor of Anthropology, tenure-track position, to start September 2013. Ph.D. in Anthropology required. Seven courses per year (3-1-3) with opportunities to take students abroad during the January term or summer. Courses include Introduction to Anthropology, Cultural Anthropology, Cultural Theory Seminar, and Research Methods (quantitative/qualitative). Environmental and/or medical anthropology focus is a plus, as is scholarly experience in Africa, Asia, Latin America, or the Pacific. Candidates with demonstrated teaching excellence in a liberal arts setting and who maintain empirically oriented research programs that encourage undergraduate participation are preferred.

  • Submit letter of application, vita, recent teaching evaluations, statement of teaching philosophy, graduate transcripts, and contact information for three references by November 2, 2012, via Inquiries may be sent to Prof. Scott Burnett, Interviews at the AAA.
  • Automated email requesting letters of reference (10/29) (x4)
  • Email request for interview at AAAs (11/8) (x2)
  • Request for 2nd interview via Skype (12/14) (x2)
  • Received rejection, campus interviews for short list in Feb
  • Offer made and accepted

Fordham University - Medical Anthro. - Nov. 25[]

The Department of Sociology and Anthropology at Fordham University invites applications for a full-time, tenure track appointment in medical anthropology at the assistant professor level, effective Sept 1, 2013. The department seeks candidates with research and teaching interests in one or more of the following specializations: applied anthropology, disease/disability, gender, body, or food/nutrition. Geographical area is open, but regions not covered by present faculty would receive priority, e.g., South Asia, East Asia, or Africa. Principal teaching responsibilities will be on the Rose Hill (Bronx) campus at the undergraduate level, with occasional courses in the sociology M.A. program. Applicants must have a Ph.D. in anthropology prior to appointment, a strong record of teaching, an active program of research and publication, a commitment to service, and enthusiasm for working effectively and collegially within a diverse faculty setting.

  • Has anyone heard anything? (12/17)
  • No
  • did not know this opening until today.  Does the department advertised the position at AAANET.ORG?
  • I certainly didn't see it, and I check the AAA career site daily, sometimes twice daily.  This is the first time I'm seeing the position.
  • Position was advertised on AAA but appears to have been taken down after the closing date passed, its still posted on Fordham's department website. 
  • Nothing here either. I thought I might hear something before winter break. (12/19)
  • What about now, has anyone heard anything? (1/17)
  • No (1/17)x4
  • Has anyone heard for an interview? Haven't heard anything at all (1/23)
  • Still haven't heard anything either way -- anyone received interview info? (2/5)
  • There was an entry (x3) about a long short list notification several days back, but it has gone missing. (2/9)
  • Admin here: please do not delete posts. Here is a link to the deleted updates about long-short list notifications from Jan 28.
  • Any information here? Have campus visits already been scheduled?
  • I'm told a short list has been generated. (3/8)
  • Offer made and accepted (5/18)

Franklin & Marshall College - Sociocultural Anthro. - Nov. 2[]

The Department of Anthropology at Franklin & Marshall College invites applications for one tenure-track position in sociocultural anthropology at the Assistant Professor or Instructor level, beginning Fall 2013. Ph.D. in anthropology, teaching experience, and a track record of publication strongly preferred. Franklin & Marshall faculty are expected to be excellent teachers, active mentors, and productive scholars. Teaching load is 3/2, which includes participation in the College's general education requirement, "Foundations," and/or the first-year seminar program and teaching courses that fulfill the College's non-Western cultures requirement. We are looking for a colleague who does not duplicate our present departmental interests. The successful candidate must have experience in conducting and analyzing extensive, long-term fieldwork. Topical areas of interest are: critical approaches to humanitarianism, language and culture, visual representation, and race and ethnicity. Research and teaching culture areas are: Middle East/North Africa, Asia, or Oceania.

Candidates should send a letter of application, curriculum vitae, graduate transcript, the names and affiliations of three references, and brief teaching and research statements to Misty L. Bastian, Chair, Department of Anthropology via email at Candidates who progress in the search will be given directions where to send hardcopies of their transcripts. We will interview candidates for the position at the American Anthropological Association meetings in November.

  • Application deadline is Friday, November 2nd, 2012. We will accept application materials electronically, but not after midnight on that date.
  • This precise job description was posted two years ago, and out of curiosity I checked the faculty list at F&M: the person hired then seems to have left after one year. Who knows why, but since I remember having a combative AAA interview with this dept. two years ago, I have to wonder if it' s a positive working environment.
  • Leaving after one year would probably not be a reflection on the department. If the term effectively starts at the end of August, and applications are sent out in Sept or October for the following year, how much could that reflect upon F&M? I don't actually know that department, but from my own experience as a VAP in a small liberal arts department, it was not until well after the job season that the departmental dysfunctionalities became evident to me as a newcomer. Seems more likely that a better job opened up or there were other personal reasons to move on...
  • And, for what it is worth, the job ad posted two years ago said they would be hiring two people and asked for different things. To quote my 2010 jobs search document "Topical areas of interest are: cultural approaches to medical anthropology; language and culture; the anthropology of media; visual representation; and transnationalism. Preferred research and teaching culture areas are: Mexico/Central America; Middle East/North Africa; South Asia; and Japan."
  • Again, for what its worth, I have never applied to F&M, but the Department Chair is a lovely person. She has been a discussant on two of my panels and offered generous feedback.
  • Received email to set AAA interview (Nov 5) x 2
  • To those who received email to set interviews at AAA on Nov 5: had you submitted your applications well before the Nov 2 application deadline? I submitted my application on Nov 2 and am curious if they read all the applications and made their decisions in just 2 days or if they might still be consdering applications submitted on the deadline in which case more AAA interview emails might be forthcoming...
  • I submitted mine in mid-Oct, so I supposed that's possible.
  • Cool thanks for responding!
  • Has anyone been invited for a campus visit? (1/8)
  • I was "long-shortlisted" and asked to send more materials around Thanksgiving. I was told they would be contacting people for campus visits "early in the spring semester," so I would assume that would have to be soon? Still haven't heard anything though. (1/14)
  • asked for campus visit (1/17)
  • did it work? I like the strategy (lol x1)
  • heard through the grapevine that an offer has been made (2/23)
  • This search is complete, offer was made and accepted a few weeks ago

Georgetown University - TT Asst. Cultural Anth - 15th October[]

The Department of Anthropology at Georgetown University invites applications for a full-time tenure-track appointment in cultural anthropology to begin in August 2013. Applicants must have the PhD in hand. The appointment will be made at the Assistant Professor rank. We are an undergraduate department; our faculty teach a 2-2 load and are heavily invested in both teaching, and research and publication. We are only interested in candidates whose regional specialization is Asia or the Pacific. In particular, we encourage applicants working in one or several of the following topical areas: anthropology of development, youth culture, globalization, and visual anthropology. Please submit a cv and cover letter addressing your research trajectory and teaching experience, a 2-page dissertation abstract, and the names of three references online at Review of applications will begin on 15 October and preliminary interviews will be conducted at the 2012 American Anthropological Association meetings in San Francisco. Georgetown University is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Employer fully dedicated to achieving a diverse faculty and staff. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply and will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, sex, sexual orientation, age, religion, national origin, marital status, veteran status, disability or other categories protected by law.

  • Anyone been called for interviews at the AAA?
    • No dice for me, but a colleague who also applied recieved an email request yesterday (11/5) to interview at the AAA. (x2)
  • Any news of a post-AAA short list?
  • I was asked to submit writing material, syllabi and letters by 12/15. I haven't heard anything as of today 1/09/13. (x2)
  • Received a campus interview invite for early Feb.
  • Congratulations and all the best. May I ask when they sent this invite?
  • Offer accepted as per depart. website.

Hendrix College--TT Asst. Cultural Anth Nov 5[]

  • any news re: AAA interviews?
  • Request for AAA "interview" (meeting) via e-mail 11/14, a 20 minute session, less like an interview and more informational. The one who met us explained that it was not being treated like an interview but more like a point of contact for her to bring back to the committee.
  • given that an inside candidate fits the job description, this might be a perfunctory search
  • short list finalized?; 2 candidates will be visiting campus in January (12/13)
  • Email rejection from dept. chair, position has been filled (2/25)

Illinois State University - TT Asst. Cultural Anthro. (Latin Am.) - Oct. 1[]

Illinois State University Department of Sociology and Anthropology seeks a Cultural Anthropologist with a focus on Latin America or Latin American transnational/borderlands studies for a Tenure Track position at the Assistant Professor level. Ph.D. in Anthropology is required by August 16, 2013. Specialization in applied and/or medical anthropology is preferred.

  • Application review will begin October 1, 2012, and continue until the position is filled.
  • any news?
  • Contacted for a phone interview in late November
  • First contacted in late november or phone interview actually scheduled for late November? Any campus interviews scheduled? (Posted 12/2).
  • Phone interviews conducted in late November, they will be in touch early next semester (12/3)
  • Campus interview scheduled (01/13)
  • Rejection/alternate status for campus visit (1/14) (x2)
  • Formal rejection letter recieved (1/14).
  • Email from Chair that Position Filled (2/21)

Indiana University of Pennsylvania - TT Cultural Anthropology Asst. Professor - Jan. 2013[]

The Position: The Anthropology Department at Indiana University of Pennsylvania announces a tenure-track position in cultural anthropology at the Assistant Professor level. The successful applicants will demonstrate a commitment to a four-field approach, enthusiasm for mentoring undergraduates, and strong teaching skills. Our vibrant department is seeking individuals who are able to work cooperatively within a collegial department of diverse faculty.

Candidates should have an active program of research and scholarly publications. Teaching responsibilities will include sections of our introductory four-field course and cultural anthropology, in addition to more specialized courses. Required specializations include global health and applied anthropology. Preferred areas of expertise include one or more of the following: health disparities, diaspora studies, urban anthropology, North America, Native Americans, and mixed quantitative and qualitative research methods.

Qualifications: Ph.D. in Anthropology and teaching experience are required. Candidates must communicate effectively and perform well during the interview process, which may include a teaching demonstration.

How to Apply: Send letter of application, c.v., the names of three references, transcripts, and evidence of teaching ability to Chair, Cultural Anthropology Search Committee, Indiana University of Pennsylvania, G1 McElhaney, 441 North Walk, Indiana, PA 15705. Fax 724-357-7637. Review of applications will begin January 2013 and continue until the position is filled.

  • Mailed request for Official Transcripts and completion of paper employment application (posted 2/5).
  • Any news?  Is this still a live search? (4/23)
  • Heard from colleague that on-campus interviews might be underway (post 4/24).
    • Offer made and accepted 4/30 (posted 5/1).

King's College London - Lecturer (Permanent) Social Science, Health & Medicine - Dec. 4[]

Job vacancy details: King's College London:

We seek to appoint a lectureship in social science, health and medicine, to contribute to our undergraduate degree in Global Health and Social Medicine, and to one of our two new Masters programmes: MSc in Global Health and MA in Bioethics and Society.

Applicants should have a strong social science background in sociology, anthropology, cultural geography or a cognate discipline; and a specialism relevant to global health or to bioethics. Applicants must have a completed doctorate, a developing research strategy, evidence of high quality publications, and relevant teaching experience. The person appointed will be expected to develop and deliver new taught modules at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels, and will have the opportunity to supervise research students in their areas of expertise. A commitment to collegiality is essential, as is the ability and willingness to engage in constructive dialogue with medical and biomedical researchers and practitioners, and with policy makers.

The post is available from 1st January 2013 or as soon as possible thereafter.

For an informal discussion of the post please contact Professor Nikolas Rose via email at

  • Has anyone heard about this position? 
  • According to a colleague, they had interviews/campus visits last week and should be making a decision soon. [posted 1.17]

Marlboro College (VT) - TT Asst. Cultural Anthropology - Oct. 15[]

Marlboro College, a liberal arts college of 300 students and 41 faculty members, invites applications from broadly trained, dedicated teachers for a full-time, tenure-track position in Cultural Anthropology. The successful candidate's core responsibilities will be to teach introductory and intermediate anthropology courses that broadly describe the discipline, its theories, and its methodologies while supporting advanced, independent, often cross-disciplinary undergraduate work in a liberal arts setting.

As the sole anthropologist on the faculty, the successful candidate will support students with a wide range of geographical, topical, and methodological interests. She or he will actively work with Marlboro students engaged in fieldwork off campus and teach the skills of writing ethnography and could take part in teaching one or more of the required courses in our World Studies Program. College teaching beyond the graduate assistant level desired. PhD required.

Marlboro College is noted for its intellectual rigor and lively classroom discussion. We are committed to the development of clear writing and a global perspective. Our undergraduate students enjoy a 7:1 student-faculty ratio, a voice in governing the community, and individualized courses of study on a 350-acre campus in the hills of southern Vermont. Marlboro College is an Equal Opportunity employer. The faculty, students, and staff share a commitment to diversity and the values of equality, inclusion, and respect for all human differences.

  • received email from the dean on 11/2 requesting phone interview; the message says that the initial screening of applications has been completed x3
  • campus visit scheduled by phone (11/16)--I was told that three candidates will be visiting between 11/26 and 12/3. They want to make an offer (and have it accepted) by winter break.
  • Rejection email from Dean of Faculty-search is complete and position is filled. Jan 3. (x5)

Michigan State University (James Madison College) - Culture and Public Health in Africa or Asia - Oct. 16, 2012[]

Michigan State University seeks candidates for a tenure track/system position at the Assistant Professor level, with joint appointment in the Comparative Cultures and Politics (CCP) major in James Madison College of Public Affairs (75%) and Lyman Briggs College (25%). The successful candidate will have substantive expertise in culture and public health in Africa or Asia (particularly South or Southeast Asia), with particular attention to the most vulnerable populations in those areas. Desired fields of interest include health inequalities, local perceptions of health or popular health cultures, and the local impact of national and international health programs and policies, among others. The successful candidate will also demonstrate commitment to excellent undergraduate teaching. Within James Madison College, the successful candidate will be able to teach in the introductory Comparative Cultures and Politics sequence and the upper division curriculum, including a senior capstone seminar. Within Lyman Briggs College, the successful candidate will teach in the History, Philosophy, and Sociology of Science curriculum: Introduction to HPS, upper-level substantive HPS courses, or the senior capstone seminar. Applicants should demonstrate commitment to excellence in undergraduate teaching in interdisciplinary programs that draw on social sciences and humanities and to achieving a substantial record of scholarship. Candidates may be from the disciplines of anthropology, sociology, geography and related disciplines.

  • DUE OCT 16. Letters of recommendation should be sent directly to CCP Search (job ref. #6623), James Madison College-MSU, Case Hall, 842 Chestnut Rd., Room S367, East Lansing, MI 48825.
  • 10/19 - SC Chair emailed me to ask for transcripts and to tell me that letters were not in yet. She also left me a voicemail asking her to call her back. She said they are hoping to develop their long short-list in the next few weeks and to bring in interviewees by the end of the semester and to make an offer by the New Year.
  • I also received an email asking for transcripts on 10/19. (x2)
  • To the first poster- what were you told in the phone call/when you called back? A: She told me what I posted above that they are trying to complete the search including an offer by the end of Fall 2012.
  • SC chair invited me to campus interview on 11/2.(X!)
  • I see from the james madison calendar that all interviews have been completed. Any word? Any idea if there is an inside candidate? 
  • Has offer been made? (12/16)
  • How many folks are waiting on this? Just curious. I think an offer is supposed to be made by the end of the week.... wonder if there is an inside candidate.
  • A professor there told me that there is an inside candidate...
  • Interesting. Is it someone in JMC or LBC? This stuff is always so mysterious.
  • So, as of 12/21. I haven't received an offer; wondering if anyone else has? SC head said that recs have been made to the dean but she was not sure when the actual offer was going to be made bc of logistics related to getting everyone in one room. 
  • That implies that the SC has probably recommended you to the dean. Congrats! Have you received the offer today?
  • Nope, I haven't. And actually, maybe I did not phrase this properly. I emailed the SC head to ask about timeline and she said that she could not tell me anything, only that recs had been made to the dean. And there was nothing encouraging about the email in fact. So, if you are the one other external candidate (assuming that there were 3 of us and one was internal), perhaps we can assume that it went to the internal person?
  • Hi - this is the 4th person writing here.  (I was told there were four of us at the visit.)  Thanks, guys, for keeping information circulating.  Hope we all get to hear something soon.  Best luck.  12/22
  • Any news?  1/8/13 -- Still holding breath. 1/8
  • Job was offered and accepted 1/9

Millersville University (PA) - Asst. Professor, Cultural Anthro. - July 9, 2012[]

The Department of Sociology/Anthropology at Millersville University in Lancaster CMillersville University (PA) - Asst. Professor, Cultural Anthro. - July 9, 2012ounty, PA seeks a Cultural Anthropologist, with expertise in one or more of the following areas: gender, race-ethnicity, biocultural anthropology, language and culture, food/environmental anthropology, immigration/diasporas. Geographical specialization is open but must not duplicate existing department strengths in the Mediterranean and Atlantic World. The normal course load per semester is four sections of no more than three separate courses.

Required: Ph.D. degree in Anthropology or ABD in Anthropology, with degree in hand by June 2013.

To Apply: Go to and complete a faculty application.

Application Due: 07/09/2012

Start date January 2013.

  • Phone interviews underway, late July
  • Any of the phone interviewees been called for a campus visit? (8/14)
  • Internal candidate got offered the job in October. This was a rigged search of the worst kind.
  • The current instructor with the BA from the same institution? More power to him/them

Monmouth University (NJ) - TT Assistant Professor - Jan. 22[]

Position Summary: The School of Humanities and Social Sciences at Monmouth University is seeking applications for an Assistant Professor in the History and Anthropology Department. This anticipated opening is for the 2013-2014 academic year and is a tenure-track appointment.

The candidate would be expected to: teach 9 credits per semester (12 credits with a 3 credit course load reduction) in the anthropology sequence, including both undergraduate and graduate courses; serve on committees; advise students; and maintain disciplinary currency. Additional information about the History and Anthropology department can be found at:

Date Position is Available: 08-28-2013. Required Degree, Licenses or Certifications: Doctoral degree. ABD candidates may be considered with degree completion expected by date of employment. Preferred Qualifications: Experience teaching in online and hybrid formats. Research interests relating to Spanish-speaking Latin America. A record of external funding is desirable. Demonstrated excellence in teaching and ability to teach anthropological theory.

Special Instructions to Applicants: Transcripts and three letters of recommendation can be directed to: Noreen Spinapont, Office Coordinator, Department of History and Anthropology, Monmouth University, West Long Branch, NJ 07764.

Required Applicant Documents: Resume or Curriculum Vitae, Cover Letter

  • Log in to http://jobs.monmouth.eduto apply and see the job duties for this position no later than the deadline date.
  • 2/9: A friend has a phone interview scheduled. (x2)
  • 2/11: had phone interview this morning
  • 2/18: Rejection email from SC chair after 2/12 phone interview.
  • 3/4: Any other news about this position? Campus visits?
  • yes, they scheduled campus visits
  • Offer made and accepted (by a friend) 4/20

Pomona College (CA) - Assistant Professor in Sociocultural Anthropology - Oct. 15 - SEARCH ON HOLD[]

Pomona College, a small liberal arts college with a strong interdisciplinary tradition, invites applications for a full-time, tenure-track position at the rank of Assistant Professor in Sociocultural Anthropology. Applicants must have an active research and publishing program, demonstrated excellence in teaching, and PhD in hand at time of appointment. Area/topic open, but preference will be given to scholars whose work engages social justice, transnational feminism, or social movements with a geographic focus on South Asia, Southeast Asia or Latin America.

  • Application letter, CV, and three letters of reference must be submitted online at Complete applications received by October 15, 2012 will receive full consideration.
  • The application system for this position is asking for a graduate transcript even though this listing clearly does not. My application is listed as "incomplete" on the status page because of this. Anyone else encountering this?
  • You need to upload a transcript--I emailed the chair and they said it was necessary, even though its not in the ad. (It's listed as a requirement on the online form.)
    • Skype interview request for Oct. 26 (October 19) (3)
    • Do those with interview requests work in regions they listed as a preference (South/Southeast Asia or Latin America)?
    • I work in Southeast Asia although primarily in East Asia.
    • Latin America here, I was also asked for a skype interview (3)
    • Did anyone who interviewed get a sense of their timeline?
    • I asked and was told that they were moving fast on this.  Now I'm second-guessing my memory, but I thought they said they wanted to finalize either short lists and visits/or hires before the end of the semester, but it is now awfully close and I haven't heard any updates.  Anyone can report an campus invite?
    • Haven't heard from them since Oct. skype interview. I didn't get a sense of their timeline either.
    • I just got an email informing me that the search is on hold for budgetary reasons.(x4)

Rice University-- Nov 30th[]

  • Any applicants had an requests/communication from them
    • None here - have many others on this list applied to this position?
    • Request for a writing sample and letters of recommendation, to be sent by Jan 15 (12/15) x4
    • (2/4/13) phone interviews scheduled [2/7 NOTE: earlier post read: "Phone Interview scheduled (Feb 5) x3"]
    • Any updates after the phone interview?  I guess the SC had made a short list already.
    • Not heard anything since the phone interview.
    • I guess the SC should be able to make a short list by the end of this week.  Just a guess.
    • still no updates?  It'll be great if someone could feed in something regarding the status of the search.
    • (2/19/13) campus visits scheduled
    • (3/20/13) search committee decided not to hire this year

Swarthmore College - TT Asst. Social/Cultural Anthro (Latin America and/or Latinos) - Oct. 1[]

The Department of Sociology and Anthropology at Swarthmore College invites applications for a full-time, tenure-track position in Social/ Cultural Anthropology at the Assistant Professor level beginning in the Fall of 2013. We seek applicants who specialize in the anthropology of Latin America and/or Latinos and Latinas in the Americas with a research agenda that focuses on one or more of the following areas: visual anthropology, immigration, borderlands, globalization, and neoliberalism. PhD in hand at time of appointment and teaching experience preferred. The successful candidate will be expected to teach five courses a year, one of which must be a methods course of their choosing.

  • Application deadline is Monday, October 1, 2012. Candidates should submit cover letter, curriculum vitae, and three letters of recommendation. Please apply at: (Recommenders are encouraged to use the on-line application website). If unable to submit on-line, send to Farha Ghannam, Acting Chair, Department of Sociology and Anthropology, Swarthmore College, Swarthmore, PA 19081-1397.
  • request for AAA interview received 10/22.
  • Anyone heard anything else about interviews or materials requested?
  • Yes, on 10/22 also received request for writing sample, syllabi and course descriptions with the request for AAA interview (mentioned in my post above) (2)
  • Has anyone heard anything about post-AAA movement on this search? 
  • know of someone who has a campus visit scheduled for this week
  • Thanks for the update!
  • I believe an offer has been made 12/20

Tulane University--TT Asst. Professor Latin America/Indigenous Social Movements[]

Anyone know if this search still exists? The only place I find the notice is on the department Web page. I remember it being on the AAA page for about three seconds, a month or so ago.

  • I spoke to people at the AAA's who told me the search is still active.
  • Anybody heard ANYTHING about Tulane?  This entry seems kind of frozen or forgetten
  • Request for letters (12.17) (x7)
  • Request for skype interview via email (1/23)
  • Have any of those that did skype interviews received any updates?  either invitations to campus visits or rejections? (2/6)
  • Heard through the grapevine that campus visits had been scheduled (2/19)
  • Offer made and accepted (4/17)

University of Akron - Anthropology of Health []

The University of Akron seeks a full-time, tenure-track Assistant Professor to start in Fall 2013. The successful candidate will have expertise in the anthropology of health with emphasis in political economy or political ecology. Geographical area of specialization is open. Candidates are required to have a Ph.D. in Anthropology in hand at time of appointment. Candidates are expected to pursue a vigorous research program with potential for substantial publication and external funding. An interest in involving undergraduate students in research is desirable. Evidence of excellence in teaching is required. The department has a growing tradition of undergraduate research through community-based research and service-learning. Clear potential to contribute to this emphasis is a plus. Contribution to enhancing the department’s course offerings with online course development is expected.

  • Please send a letter of application, CV, and contact information for three references. Because the University of Akron is committed to hiring and retaining a diverse faculty serving a diverse student body, also include a statement describing your experiences teaching in a multicultural environment. For complete details and to apply please visit: Job ID#7238
  • email to set up AAA interview (11/2) (x2)
  • Considering that the SC did not bcc the list we know that there are 30 or so of us who were contacted for AAA interviews.
  • wow, that is a serious faux pas on their part! >> That's what I was thinking--very bad form.
  • request for letters of recommendation (11/30) x3
  • request for letters of recommendation (12/7)
  • Has anyone heard anything since the request for letters?  I'm surprised they don't want additional materials.
  • Asking again (1/21), has anyone heard anything since 12/7?  How many people are waiting on this search?
  • Also waiting, haven't heard anything since 12/7. (1/21)
  • They have scheduled campus visits (1/21) - Just out of curiousity, how did you come by this information?
  • I just checked the status of the position on the HR site and it seems to still be accepting applications. Once again, I ask how the person who posted on 1/21 came to know that campus visits were taking place? I had a very postive phone interview, was asked for letters, and then never heard anything again.While I see this as a "No," I'd love to know why their system is still taking apps? Anyone have any knowledge about this search? Thanks
  • Just confirming the previous post. I have had no further communication after the phone interview / request for letters. I have also taken this as a provisional 'no'. I too would like to hear if someone could confirm the campus visit info listed above.
  • Search completed. Offer made and accepted - letter from chair of search committee.

University of California, Irvine - TT (higher level assistant or early associate) - Nov. 30[]

Requirements -The PhD is required. We welcome applicants with a strong record of ethnographic fieldwork and theoretical innovation in one (or ideally two) of the following areas: 1) environment, science, and technology; 2) language and culture; 3) urban studies; and 4) feminist theory. Geographic area of expertise is open, but candidates with a research focus in Latin America are particularly encouraged to apply. Applicants must demonstrate a strong commitment to undergraduate and graduate teaching and mentoring, as well as to incorporating critical attention to gender, race, religion and class in their research and teaching.

Application Procedure -Please send a cover letter detailing research and teaching expertise, a CV, a writing sample or publication, and three letters of reference. Candidates should apply online. Please visit the following website to begin the application process:

  • The online application should be completed no later than November 30, 2012.
  • Any updates on the search? (1/7)
  • Campus visits scheduled (2/24)
  • offer made and accepted

University of California, Irvine - Lecturer with Potential Security of Employment - Dec. 1[]

The Department of Anthropology at the University of California, Irvine, seeks to fill a Lecturer with Potential Security of Employment (LPSOE) position beginning July 1, 2013. The PhD is required at the time of appointment. Preference will be given to candidates who demonstrate a strong record of excellence in undergraduate teaching, lecturing, and mentoring across the subfields of anthropology, with an emphasis on sociocultural anthropology. The expected teaching load will be from 7 to 9 courses per year, on a quarter system, depending upon other service obligations. Lecturers PSOE are members of the University of California Academic Senate with associated benefits, including eligibility for UCI’s attractive faculty housing programs, as well as medical and retirement benefits. Similar to Assistant Professors, Lecturers PSOE are evaluated for regular merit salary increases and eventually for promotion to Lecturer with Security of Employment, which has the permanence of a tenured position.

  • Application Procedure - Candidates should apply online by December 1, 2012, although applications will be accepted until the position is filled. The online application should include a cover letter, CV, teaching evaluations, a portfolio including a range of detailed course syllabi, a statement that reviews one-s teaching experience and philosophy, names and addresses of three referees to comment primarily on the candidate’s teaching. Please visit the following website to begin the application process:
  •  referees contacted for letters of rec, told one recommender I was on a "long/short list" (their words) (1/21) (x2)
  • campus visit scheduled
  • offer made and accepted

University of Denver -TT Socio-Cultural Anthro.- Oct. 20[]

The Department of Anthropology in the Divisions of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences at the University of Denver invites applications for a tenure track position in socio-cultural anthropology, beginning September 1, 2013.

The desired area of scholarly expertise is international development with emphasis on one or more of the following topics: human rights, environmental politics; urbanization; tourism; intangible cultural heritage. Geographical area is open. Applicants with a strong applied and public anthropology orientation are encouraged to apply.

Qualifications: ABD in Anthropology is considered, PhD completed by September 1, 2013 required. Teaching experience helpful but not required. Candidate must show evidence of having a specific research program capable of generating new knowledge.

  • Applications accepted until October 20, 2012.
  • Email request for AAA interview (11/5) x4
  • post AAA interview-letters were requested (11/26)- sorry this is late
  • RE: previous poster, weren't letters requested up front?- I sent the contact information
  • new poster here: i only sent contact info for references--were letters expected?(!)
  • I think either was fine. Here's what the dept. assistant wrote to me when I asked about letters in October: "We would prefer three letters of references sent to us. If you submit only reference contact information, we may contact you at a future date for the letters." (12/18).
  • Invite for campus interview (12/19) x2
  • "Dear Candidate" rejection email. "Close to 200 applications." (1/7) x 5
  • Offer made and accepted (3/13).

University of Guelph - TT Assistant Professor - October 31[]

The Department of Sociology and Anthropology at the University of Guelph invites applications for a tenure-track position in Anthropology at the rank of Assistant Professor, effective July 1, 2013. The successful candidate will have a strong research programme in environmental anthropology and/or indigenous peoples’ issues. Applicants with research programs that also incorporate elements of civil society are especially welcome. Ethnographic area is open, but should complement the existing strengths in the Anthropology programs. The successful applicant should be able to teach within the range of our core courses, including anthropological theory, regional ethnography and kinship and social organization. These courses run from second year undergraduate through senior seminars. Being able to contribute to graduate teaching in theory, methods and/or a substantive area is a must. Beyond these requirements, there is also the potential to develop new courses.

Applications must include a letter of application (including a statement of teaching and research interests), a curriculum vitae, a teaching dossier (including a teaching philosophy, course outlines, and course evaluations), and selected recent published scholarly work. Applicants should provide contact information for three referees. Applications should be submitted no later than October 31, 2012 to: Dr. Patrick Parnaby, Chair, Department of Sociology and Anthropology, University of Guelph, Guelph, Ontario, Canada, N1G 2W1. More information about the Department of Sociology and Anthropology can be found at

  • Applicant Tracking Questionnaire received (October 4) x 3 (received Nov 5)
  • Does anyone know if they are doing AAA interviews? Seems at this point no?
  • Did anyone hear from them? Did they schedule interviews yet?  --reply: not me (x3).
  • This posting seems to just be hanging out there. Anyone have any news? (1/09/13)
  • email rejection.  "candidate has already been hired." Did anyone on here even get an interview? Weird.(x3)
  • No interview, no information, just a depressing rejection. So much for those who say it is still rare to earn a PhD when there are hundreds of us jockeying for so few positions. Was the PhD worth it? (1/18/13)
  • -- Same here: Just received the rejection email (1/18/13) saying that the search is finished and that they have appointed someone. It is weird indeed that nobody posted here anything about an interview, a job talk etc. Maybe they had someone in mind from the very beginning and the search was more of a drag.
  • weird; I didn't even get a rejection email.  Having said that, not everyone uses the wiki, and it may not be as much of a phenomenon in the job search in Canada, where the likely pool of finalists for this job came from.  Two of friends, both anthropologists in Canadian universities, had never heard about it when I mentioned it to them this year. 
  • This Canadian has been using the wiki for years, but I think you're right, it is used more widely by US candidates. I'm guessing there was a much smaller candidate pool for positions at UGuelph than for many of the positions here, so perhaps there just weren't any wiki users in that pool (or they were getting their info from other sources). My experience with the anthro department in a previous UGuelph search is similar to what others have posted here: I didn't hear anything about the status of the search until I received my mailed rejection letter from the SCC announcing they had hired someone.

University of Manitoba - Nov 30th[]

Assistant Professor, Sociocultural Anthropology

  • Any news on interviews?
  • I've heard nothing about interviews or a long-short list or anything (1/18)
  • Campus visit invite (2/15)
  • Did they make an offer already? (5/6)
  • They have hired someone who currently holds a post-doc. She is starting in Fall 2014. (5/29)

University of Memphis - Applied Anthropology - Nov. 1[]

The University of Memphis, Department of Anthropology, invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor position in Anthropology with a specialization in Applied Anthropology and emphasis on Globalization and Development. The position will begin August 2013. The U of Memphis offers the BA and a nationally recognized MA program in Applied Anthropology established in 1976 with an emphasis on engaged scholarship, and concentrations in (1) Globalization, Development, and Culture, (2) Medical Anthropology, as well as a graduate certificate in museum studies. The successful candidate will contribute to teaching introductory undergraduate courses in cultural anthropology and area/topical studies, as well as globalization and development courses at the graduate level. Specialization is open, but should complement existing faculty strengths. Research in African and/or African American contexts, strong methodological skills, and ability to train students in a range of methodologies are preferable. Must demonstrate a commitment to developing a local/regional research agenda and mentor graduate students in anthropological practice.

  • Application reviews begin November 1 and may continue until the position is filled. Initial interviews will occur at the 2012 American Anthropological Association meetings November 14-18 in San Francisco, CA.
  • I'm filling out the app now and the job system states that up-front references letters ARE required in order for consideration.
  • I wrote to the search chair who told me it was a glitch in the system. they only need contact info at this point
  • I think the system might auto-generate reference requests when you submit their email addresses, so it may be good to give your references a heads-up!
  • email request for AAA interview (11/2) x2
  • has anyone who interviewed at AAA heard back? (12/17)
    • I haven't heard anything (12/17). When I asked about their timeline in the interview, they said that they would probably contact people in December for campus interviews in January.
  • has anyone been invited to campus? (1/10)  
  • Did anything every come of this search? There's been no word since December. (3/14)
  • automatic HR system email indictaing the position has been filled (4/12/13) x2

University of Minnesota, Morris - Cultural Anthro. - Dec. 1[]

The University of Minnesota, Morris seeks an individual committed to excellence in undergraduate education to fill a tenure-track position in cultural anthropology beginning Aug. 12, 2013. The ideal candidate will be a dynamic individual who can increase student enrollment in our program. UMM emphasizes close student-faculty relationships and faculty-directed student research. The annual teaching load is five courses. The successful candidate should be able to teach introductory cultural anthropology, an ethnographic methodology course, and courses in the candidate's area of specialization.

  • Qualified candidates must apply online using the University of Minnesota Employment System at Via regular mail, please send a cover letter expressing your interests in teaching at a liberal arts college and outlining your research interests, a statement of teaching philosophy, and a curriculum vitae to: Sharon Severance, University of Minnesota Morris, Division of Social Science, 600 E. 4th Street, Morris, MN 56267. Position open until filled; application review begins December 1, 2012.
  • Invited to AAA interview (~10/25) x2
  • How is it possible for them to extend already interview invitations for the AAA when they clearly state that "application review begins December 1, 2012"?
  • Turns out these aren't interviews at AAA, but "information sessions." :-P
  • The hiring practices centered around these super-expensive conferences in super-expensive cities that circumvent any fair practice that the universities HR systems have in place are just awful. I'm not saying this is a case of that, but on face value it looks like it.
  • I totally agree with the above comment. But I also want to say (as one of the people who attended the "information session") that it was utterly, completely, not at all about the candidates. There were no questions asked, no notes taken, no evaluation being made. The session was informative, but it was all stuff that I had already learned online. Other places = very different story.
  • It was also utterly, completely a waste of time.  I had to refrain from walking out.  The person read from a sheet of paper and would not allow questions or comments.  I felt like I was 12.    I was not impressed --on any level.  (--Second that!)
  • It wasn't a waste of time for me. I politely interrupted her, and then proceeded to ask her the questions I had. Very informative, especially since she's a senior member of the department. (I agree, it wasn't a waste of time and she allowed me to ask questions).
  • Request for phone interview (1/22) x3 
  • BCC email rejection (1/29) (x5)
  • Has any one heard anything since their phone interviews? I don't think I personally did particularly well in mine BUT haven't heard ANYTHING since the Feb. 8 interview. I also know their ideal time line was to have things wrapped up by early March.
  • on campus interview scheduled for this week [posted 2/25]
  • Has an offer been made ?
  • Snail mail letter saying the search was closed, no offer made. I was not interviewed and this is the first contact I have had since submitting the application.
  • I got same/similar letter dated March 28th, and I was a phone interviewee. However, I also looked at my online application and its status said 'position filled.'

University of Nevada Reno (public/applied) - Nov 2[]

The University of Nevada, Reno, Anthropology Department invites applications for a tenure-track position in cultural anthropology with a public/applied research focus. We seek a scholar who will develop an active research agenda and contribute to the department's undergraduate and graduate programs. The successful candidate is expected to teach introductory, upper division, and graduate seminars in Anthropology in line with the candidate's specialties. This position will contribute to the University's interest in expanding publicly engaged scholarship, teaching, and service relevant to our region and diverse population, and to national and international discussions pertinent to the candidate's research focus. Please submit a cover letter outlining research and teaching interests, contact information for three references, a CV, and a writing sample online at by November 2, 2012. Preliminary interviews will be conducted at the AAA Annual Meeting in San Francisco, CA (November 14-18).

  • Request for AAA interview 11/9 (x3)
  • No AAA interview, but also no rejection letter. Anyone else? (x7)
  • Rejection email (12/12) x4
  • Q: Did anyone who received a rejection email have a AAA interview?
  • I did not have an AAA interview
  • Invited for Campus Visit (12/17/12)
  • Offer made and accepted

University of New Hampshire - Medical Anthro. - Nov. 16[]

University of New Hampshire, Department of Anthropology invites applications for a tenure-track, assistant professor specializing in medical anthropology starting in August 2013. The ideal candidate will have a Ph.D. in hand, an active research program using anthropological methods, evidence of scholarly productivity, including publications, and demonstrated ability to teach undergraduate courses including introduction to cultural anthropology, introduction to biological anthropology, ethnographic methods, anthropological theory, and upper-level courses in his/her areas of specialization. We are looking for scholars who bridge the divide between traditional ethnomedicine and more cutting edge biomedical research. The ideal candidate’s research will be inherently interdisciplinary and may include such areas as bioethics, reproductive health, early life health, health interventions and public policy. Regional and theoretical/methodological areas of interest are open although those focusing in Asia, Europe or North America are especially encouraged to apply. Candidates should be able to make a significant research contribution and collaborate with other schools and departments at UNH.

  • Send curriculum vita, letter of interest discussing research, teaching experience and prospective courses, and the contact information of three referees to Search Committee Chair, Department of Anthropology, 310 Huddleston Hall, University of New Hampshire, Durham, NH 03824. The deadline for applications is November 16th, 2012. Preliminary interviews will be conducted via Skype in early December.
  • E-mail acknowledging receipt of application, including this statement about timeline of search: "We will begin reviewing the applications after November 16 and then we shall request more materials as well as schedule Skype interviews from short-listed applicants to assist us in identifying a list of candidates for campus visit and interviews in Spring 2013." (11/9)
  • Request for additional materials -- letters of recommendation, teaching materials, pubs (12/7)x3
  • Skype interview scheduled for January (12/18)
  • Has anyone heard anything since their Skype interview? (2/20)
  • campus interviews has already scheduled for early-mid Feb.
  • rejection email, explaining search has been completed (3/21)

University of North Carolina - Greensboro, TT Asst. or Assoc. - Nov. 1 - CANCELLED[]

[Job search canceled -- confirmed by three wiki participants.] (10/22 - see discussion below)

The University of North Carolina at Greensboro Department of Anthropology seeks qualified candidates to fill a position at the Assistant or Associate Professor level in Socio-Cultural Anthropology to teach introduction to cultural anthropology as well as upper level socio-cultural courses beginning in August, 2013. Although area of specialization is open we are interested in candidates who complement the current faculty expertise and interests. We particularly welcome candidates with regional specializations in Africa, Asia or South Asia as well as the Islamic world. Qualifications: Candidates should have a record of scholarship and demonstrate a commitment to teaching at all levels of undergraduate education, including majors and non-majors. Candidates must have or anticipate a PhD in Anthropology by August 1, 2013.

  • Deadline: Reviews of complete dossiers will begin November 1, 2012; and continue until filled. Contact: Applicants should send a current curriculum vitae, research statement, a teaching portfolio (to include a teaching statement, student course evaluations, and 3 syllabi including one for Introduction to Cultural Anthropology and two additional upper level socio-cultural class); and three letters of reference to Dr. Susan Andreatta, Chair of the Search Committee for the Department of Anthropology, UNC Greensboro, 426 Graham Building, Greensboro, NC 27412-5001.
  • New job posting for Dept. Head (Full Prof or Associate):

University of Richmond - TT Asst. - Middle East and/or North Africa (Islam) - Nov. 1[]

The Department of Sociology and Anthropology at the University of Richmond invites applications for a tenure-track position as an assistant professor in cultural anthropology to begin in August, 2013. We are seeking a candidate whose primary focus is the Middle East and/or North Africa with an emphasis on Islam. Fluency in a major Middle Eastern language is strongly preferred. Candidates must be committed to excellence in teaching at all undergraduate levels, including introductory courses in cultural anthropology, as well as courses in their areas of specialization.

To apply for this position, please visit and use the Faculty (Instructional/Research) link to upload a curriculum vitae, a letter of application, a concise writing sample, and a statement of teaching and research interests. Applicants should arrange for three letters of reference and graduate school transcripts to be sent to Dr. Jan French, Department of Sociology and Anthropology, Weinstein Hall 302D, 28 Westhampton Way, University of Richmond, VA 23173.

  • Review of applications will begin on November 1, 2012. Members of the search committee will conduct pre-arranged interviews at the AAA conference in San Francisco.
  • Does anyone know what happened in last year's search for this re-posted position? Was it pulled for funding reasons? Was it a failed search? A: It was a failed search.
  • AAA interview request (11/7)x2
  • Any word on this search? A: No word here, but since it's after end of semester, chances are they have a shortlist.
  • Someone is in this position but is leaving for personal reasons. 
  • An offer has been made and accepted

University of South Florida - Applied Cultural Anthropology - Dec. 1[]

The Department of Anthropology at the University of South Florida (USF) invites applications for a tenure-track assistant professor position in applied cultural anthropology, to begin August 7, 2013.  We seek a scholar with a research and teaching focus on global development issues that encompass questions of human rights, citizenship, inequality, and social justice, as experienced both nationally and internationally.  Particular issues of interest could include: migration and/or other population movements (e.g., forced displacement, human trafficking, and disasters); cultural heritage (e.g., stakeholder politics, cultural tourism/development); development in the wake of conflict (e.g., transitional justice, refugees, and role of NGOs); development and environmental justice; development and ethnic/racial inequality. Geographical focus is open, but the successful applicant will build on existing departmental strengths in Africa, Latin America/Caribbean, and the United States.

  • Letters of recommendation requested (12/12) (x3)
  • noticed that Higher Ed posted new adjunct positions for USF in anthro and archaeology on December 18th [see:]. 
  • Has anyone asked what the teaching load is? (adjunct position lists 4/4)
  • At USF TT positions typically teach 2-2.
  • Have there been any updates on this?
  • Flyouts scheduled 1/14/2013 (Skype interview previously)
  • Rejection letter by smail mail, dated 16 January, "94 applications, and it was very difficult to narrow our pool" (1/23)
  • Offer accepted awhile ago

University of Toronto - Medical Anthropology - Dec. 6 []

The Department of Anthropology, University of Toronto, invites applications for a tenure-stream position in Medical Anthropology, preferably with a focus on aboriginal health in North America. Other regional specialties that complement current faculty interests may also be considered. The appointment will be at the rank of Assistant Professor and will begin on July 1, 2013. Applicants will have earned a PhD in Anthropology or a closely related discipline at the time of application or expect to complete it very soon after.

Qualified candidates should submit applications online at Applications should include a cover letter outlining current and future research interests, full CV, writing sample, and teaching dossier (to include a statement of teaching philosophy). The online system can accommodate up to five attachments (10 MB) per candidate. Please combine files into one or two attachments, preferably in PDF format, although MS Word format is also acceptable. Submission guidelines are available at addition, three letters of recommendation should be sent by the closing date directly to Professor E. B. Banning, Chair, Department of Anthropology, by email to

  • The closing date for applications is December 6, 2012. If you have questions about the position, please contact
  • Has anyone heard anything for this position? (1/23)
  • Rejection letter received (1/28)
  • Restoring accidentally deleted material [2/7]
  • Contacted for interview (25 January)
  • No news either way, but I'm guessing my rejection letter is in the mail.
  • Offer made and accepted

University of Toronto Scarborough (Socio-Cultural) - Oct 31[]

The Department of Anthropology, University of Toronto Scarborough, invites applications for a tenure-stream appointment in the area of socio-cultural anthropology. The appointment will be at the rank of Assistant Professor and will commence July 1 2013.
Applicants should complement current faculty, preferably with regional strengths in Asia, Middle East, Europe, or North America (indigenous or settler society). Preference may be given to candidates with interests in some among the following topics: environment, politics, urban, and development. An interest in teaching fieldwork methods and directing undergraduate research in the immediate Toronto area would also be an asset.
We seek candidates whose work is deeply informed by theory and grounded in intensive, long-tern ethnographic research. Candidates should also be dedicated teachers, able and willing to teach introductory as well as upper level courses.

  • Invited to interview at the AAA (Nov 5) (x4)
  • They have done final shortlist (Nov 30)
  • campus visit scheduled (11/30)
  • rejection email received; said had been 25 interviews and 3 people made the short list (12/4)
  • I have not received a rejection email, but was not invited to interview at the AAA either (12/6)
  • 3 job talks scheduled (12/11) and thanks for keeping them anonymous
  • yes thanks for keeping them anonymous.  please, folks, be mindful that this is very sensitive information for those of us who are not known to be on the job market by our current institutions.  and good luck to those candidates who are still in the running!
  • To be fair, it's public information.  Just because the link got deleted from this wiki does not mean that the names aren't still up on the departmental website.  Any department chair is much more likely to find out someone is applying elsewhere by googling their employee's name than from a link (with no names) to a publicly accessible website posted on the wiki.  People concerned about that should try to to make confidentiality arrangements with the schools they are applying to--I know sometimes it is possible (but, of course, not always, and that's part of the risks of being on the market). 
  • Does anyone have any updates on this search? Has an offer been made? (1/18)
  • I suspect, but cannot confirm, that an offer has been made.  Can anyone out there confirm? (1/18)
  • offer made and accepted (2/7)

University of Wisconsin - La Crosse - TT Asst. Cultural Anthropology - Nov. 1[]

The Department of Sociology/Archaeology is seeking a dynamic cultural anthropologist who is looking to teach motivated students in a collegial, supportive, and collaborative atmosphere. Our open position is for a tenure track, Assistant Professor of anthropology to begin late August 2013. We seek applications from individuals who hold a Ph.D. in anthropology by time of appointment. Preference will be given to candidates whose areas of expertise incorporate any or all of the following: environmental anthropology, the social construction of gender, and sociolinguistics. Candidates with research experience in the South Pacific, Africa, the Middle East, and South/Central/Western Asia are especially encouraged to apply, but all applications will be considered from candidates whose geographic focus complements, rather than duplicates, faculty regional interests. Candidates who have experience with a variety of teaching methods, have the potential to obtain research funding, and have a strong desire to incorporate undergraduate students in their research activities are preferred.

  • The position is open until filled, however the review of applications will begin on November 1, 2012.
  • Teaching load is technically 4/4, but taught as a 3/3. From a search committee member: "The teaching load at UW-L is 4/4, but it is taught as a 3/3 load here in our dept. This means that we have 3 preps a semester, and we teach 2 sections of a General Education class as 1 of these preps. This allows us to meet the demand of the university whereby a 4/4 is a typical load, but in reality, we are in the classroom for 9 hours a week (each class is usually 3 credits)."
  • Any word/replies re: AAA interviews? (x4) (11/12)
  • Did they end up interviewing at the AAA? I know they had reserved slots, but not sure if they contacted anyone yet.
  • I can confirm that they did conduct interviews at the AAAs, though I was not one of the interviewees. I never heard back from them regarding my application, so I assume it was tossed into the "no" pile.
  • Received rejection email. Said they had 107 applicants (x6). (11/25)
  • Contacted for campus visit. (11/21)
  • Offer made. (12/7)
  • Was the offer accepted?

University of Wisconsin-Madison - Sociocultural Anthropology (Islam) - Dec. 8[]

University of Wisconsin-Madison Department of Anthropology, invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor position in sociocultural anthropology beginning August 2013. Ph.D. required prior to start of appointment. The department seeks an empirically grounded scholar with an active research program, well versed in contemporary anthropological and interdisciplinary theory, whose research addresses the theme of Islam and the cultural imagination. Geographical area open.

  • Submit letter of application, CV, and names of three referees by closing date of December 8, 2012. Electronic applications encouraged to Islam_ Anthro_ Islam_ or mail to Professor Katherine Bowie, Chair, Islam Search, Department of Anthropology, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1180 Observatory Drive, Madison, WI 53706 USA.
  • has anyone heard from them?
  • I have not heard anything (12/15)
  • no news for me either (12/19)
  • Request for materials (12/19) (X4)
  • Has anyone received confirmation of receipt after submitting the requested further materials? (1/12)
  • I have not heard a word since submitting additional materials (1/23) x3
  • Email invitation to schedule campus visit (1/31) (x1)
  • Four campus job talks have been concluded (3/14)
  • Has any of the final candidates received an offer yet for the Anthro of Islam position? (3/19)
  • No news on my end...(3/26) x3
  • Does anyone know why the decision is so delayed? (4/5)
  • Offer was made and accepted last week (4/24) Congratulations! And thanks for letting us know...

Webster University (MO) - TT Asst. Cultural Anthropology - Oct. 19[]

The Department of Behavioral and Social Sciences at Webster University invites applications for a tenure-track appointment at the level of assistant professor in cultural anthropology to begin in August 2013. We seek an individual with an active research agenda and successful undergraduate teaching experience in political anthropology with primary interest in the anthropology of human rights preferably in the Global South. Applicants will be expected to teach introduction to cultural anthropology, qualitative methods, anthropological theory as well as other courses within the applicant's field of expertise. Candidates will have earned a doctorate in cultural anthropology by the date of the appointment. ABD considered if near completion. This is a nine (9) month academic position with a teaching load of six courses per year (three courses each semester) and student academic advising responsibilities within the home department. Opportunities exist for faculty research and for teaching at our international campuses. Faculty members are expected to participate in department, college and university governance activities and other university events. In addition, the faculty member will be encouraged to work across disciplines, and contribute as a Fellow in Webster University's Institute for Human Rights and Humanitarian Studies and to the International Human Rights program.

  • Review of applications will begin on October 19, 2012 and will continue until the position is filled. Applicants should forward: (1) a cover letter, (2) curriculum vitae, (3) statement of teaching philosophy, (4) teaching evaluations, (5) statement of research interests and relevant publications, and (6) names and contact information for at least three references. Please mail application materials to Anthropology Search Committee, Human Resources, Webster University, 470 E. Lockwood Avenue, St. Louis, Missouri, 63119-3194.
  • Phone interview, 10/29 (x2)
  • Did anyone who interviewed hear back from them again? (x2)
  • Campus Interview, November
  • Also interviewed in November, but no word yet on rejection (posted 11/27) (X2, meaning we're probably out and they're negotiating with whomever they decided on?)
  • Formal rejection letter received on 1/14 (posted 1/15).

General Discussion and Questions[]

Has anyone noticed that this year jobs seem to be requiring a ridiculous amount of documents up front? It seems insane that at the first stage of an application a school needs letters, transcripts, writing sample, syllabi, teaching and research statements, in addition to a cover letter and CV. Each of the three that I have finished has required these documents (all in slightly different requests requiring timely individualized tailoring). I have at least a dozen more apps to go, my full-time VAP to attend to, and that pesky dissertation to finish up. Anyone have any idea what the logic is behind requiring everything up front?

A: It theoretically should make the search committee's process easier. Narrow the pool based on CVs and cover letters, and then instead of having to request additional materials for a smaller cohort they would have them already at hand. As an applicant, I find it annoying as well. Some jobs even want undergrad (!!) transcripts. Even initial letters of recommendation seem like an unecessary requirement.

A2: This is particularly strange since I thought that the AAA had started asking that schools NOT require letters of rec in the first stage.

A3: My understanding is that it is not the department that requires all of these things up-front but it is from higher -up in the university system.

I've applied for three of four jobs now that request multiple documents in the AAA Career Center Ad, but when I get to dropping these files into the online college or university jobs website, the job appears to request different documents. For example, the job ad asks for two syllabi and one pub, the online system asks for two pubs and one syllabus. How are other applicants handling conflicting requests for materials?

Either I'm losing my mind (possible) or North-Carolina Greensboro had a Nov 1 Asia/Africa job that is now longer posted on AAA or their own website. Can anyone confirm this is a cancelled search?

  • Yes. I received a message on Oct 18 from the dept. secretary that the search has been cancelled.
  • Same job as this one that is still on the university HR page and was updated Oct 19?'2413'
  • If this is one of those cases of someone lying on the wiki to get an edge, that's really severely f-ed up. What a disgrace. I hope it's not true.
  • Has anyone emailed Prof. Andreatta to check? I see that the above link is active for the job but it is not on the department website (their chair search is) and it is not on the main listings page for HR either.
  • A professor there just wrote (I have permission to quote): "We had to replace the original job position announcement with a call for a new department head, as our department chair (who has been in that position for about 9 years now) announced that he is stepping down." So that probably rules out most of us. Good luck all!
  • Just got an official snail mail letter that the search is cancelled (10/22)--extra disappointing considering how much material they asked for and how long it took me to prepare it! Good luck to everyone.
  • Cancellation confirmed by e-mail.
  • (10/23) I called the chair and he confirmed that the search was cancelled.

What are people's thoughts about applying for jobs at schools where you have previously been rejected? I tried the job market in 2010 and am trying again now. Do you think that they will remember me or is it worth another shot?

A: I think it is always worth a shot, and that seems to be the general attitude from all the colleagues I've asked. Just make sure your application reflects new developments since your prior application (e.g. in your cv, their faculty make-up, etc.)

A2: Agreed. What have you done over the last two years? I imagine you are a different candidate now--if they remember you, they'll see progress. If not, *you* still benefit from your previous experiences. I personally wouldn't mention previous applications. SC members will be different ...or they won't. But it seems immaterial to include mention of it now--you cover letter needs the space for all your current accomplishments. Be confident and by all means apply!

Q: I wonder if it would be helpful to know how many folks on the wiki had applied to each position. I sometimes check the wiki obsessively to see if anyone has updated a job. If I'm the only person on the wiki who has applied for a given job, then this exercise is extra pointless. What are people's thoughts on having a notation for each job: #applicants on wiki?

  • I always wonder about this, but I've decided I'm better off not knowing, because it invites pointless speculation about my chances. (Even if I could see accurate numbers, what would I do with this information? Would I decide it was better for me if there were 20 people applying to the position, or 200?) I went through the "checking the wiki endlessly" experience a few years ago and finally decided it was better to find other uses for my time. I rarely come here now, but did yesterday, and now regret doing so, because it looks as though I haven't made the long list for my first choice (and best fit) job. Sometimes obliviousness is a blessing. If you're not seeing useful information here, I recommend finding another diversion.
  • I found out the number of applicants for two of the jobs I applied for last year. In one case, the chair of the search committee told us in an email when scheduling interviews. He told us how many applications (150 or so) they received, how many were being interviewed, and the expected timeline of each stage of the search. I have to say that there was something calming and comforting about just knowing all of this information (as opposed to anxiously speculating about it). That was the most professional and considerate search I have been involved in. In the other case, I heard through a friend of a friend on faculty that there were over 400 applications (a figure I thought might have been inflated to prop up the stature of the program by those from within it, but who knows). I agree with the poster above in some ways: such knowledge can invite more speculation, but it also provides a helpful if sobering reality check about the incredible crap shoot that applying for a job in these economic times actually represents. And most days for me, that makes the rejection letters feel a little less brutal.
  • What I would really like to know is who gets hired (and also invited to campus visits, but I realize that is a more sensitive issue since some people's home institutions don't know they are on the market). It is really frustrating to invest so much effort in researching a school or specific program, meeting some of its faculty, trying to figure out what they are looking for and if you can be that person, and even visiting the campus and having days worth of conversations about the job, and then never hearing how it turns out. Could we create a page that lists the new hires for each position so that people can at least figure out what kind of work people are doing who are landing jobs? I know sometimes it is mentined in the specific job listings, but I think a more schematic list (also showing failed searches) would be really useful from a research perspective. Also a way to celebrate those who get jobs!

Question: How long does it typically take from the last on-campus interview until an offer is made? Or does it vary greatly?

Who is on this page for the '12-'13 search?[]

ABD - Looking for first job: 27

PhD - Looking for first job: 5

Have a job, looking for new one ...

  • adjunct: 1
  • VAP: 12  (what is this? = visiting assistant professor)
  • lecturer: 5
  • postdoc: 22
  • tenure track: 8
  • tenured: 1
  • other faculty: 1
  • outside academia:
  • dual career: 4
  • educ. admin: 1

post postdoc (unemployed): 1

participant observer (ABD learning the ropes before diving in): 1

Have a job, not looking for new one (lurking):

Search committee member observing discussion: 2