The Department of Anthropology and the Institute for Social Science Research (ISSR) of The University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa invite applications for a full-time, Associate or Full Professor position in medical and/or psychological anthropology beginning Fall 2021.
• Topical and geographic specializations are open, though the applicant should complement existing specialties in Anthropology and ISSR and be well-versed in quantitative and qualitative research methods.
• The successful applicant will have research skills and interests that contribute directly to Anthropology’s undergraduate and graduate programs and ISSR’s role in grant writing and social science research design and implementation across the University. Applicants should emphasize how they would complement the biocultural medical PhD program in Anthropology.
• A PhD in anthropology is required.
• The proposed faculty member will have teaching responsibilities that may include our undergraduate introductory courses in cultural or biological anthropology; other specific core undergraduate and graduate level classes in medical, biocultural, or psychological anthropology; and courses of their own development.
• We value the power that diversity brings to our campus. We seek applicants who demonstrate commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion in their interactions with students, campus colleagues, and communities with whom they engage in research.
The Department of Anthropology takes a four-field approach to the BA, MA, and PhD degrees, emphasizing two areas of specialization that crosscut sub-disciplines: biocultural medical anthropology (broadly construed to encompass physical, sociocultural, and/or psychological wellbeing and functioning) and the archaeology of complex societies in the Americas. The successful candidate will be able to assist graduate students by chairing and serving on committees, providing instruction that prepares them to work across disciplinary boundaries, and helping them prepare to do original research. Applicants should also have ongoing projects and plans for future research that complement or build on Department strengths. Information about the Department is available at https://anthropology.ua.edu/.
The Institute for Social Science Research is an interdisciplinary research department within the College of Arts and Sciences. Its mission to promote and conduct social and behavioral research at The University of Alabama is carried out through collaborative interdisciplinary research and undergraduate and graduate research training. The successful candidate will join other ISSR researchers in conducting funded research, building collaborative relationships with researchers throughout the University, developing grant and contract proposals, and supervising undergraduate and graduate students in research. The individual will hold a joint appointment in ISSR and Anthropology, participating fully in both departments. A history of substantial external research funding and publications is required. Experience with interdisciplinary and collaborative research is highly desirable. Information about ISSR is available at http://issr.ua.edu/.
The Department of Anthropology, ISSR, and The University of Alabama value and actively recruit diverse faculty and a diverse student body. The University Strategic Plan places diversity and inclusion among the students, faculty, and staff as a high priority over the next five years. UA is committed to a multicultural environment and strongly encourages applications from minorities, females, veterans, and individuals with disabilities.
To apply, the online application is available at http://facultyjobs.ua.edu/postings/47768 and requires applicants to upload (1) a cover letter (outlining research interests, plans, and relevant experience) including the names and contact information of three references; (2) a curriculum vitae that includes evidence of grant funding; (3) examples of published articles; and (4) teaching evaluations. The chair of the search committee can be contacted for additional information: Dr. Christopher Lynn (firstname.lastname@example.org, phone: 205-348-4162), Department of Anthropology, Box 870210, University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, AL, 35487-0210.
Review of applications will begin February 15, 2021 and continue until the position is filled. There will be preliminary screening of selected applicants using videoconferencing technology (e.g., Zoom, Skype, etc.), after which top candidates will be informed whether the following interviews will proceed virtually or in-person, depending on COVID19 pandemic circumstances and travel safety at that time.
The University of Alabama is an Equal Employment/Equal Educational Opportunity Institution. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, age, genetic information, disability, or protected veteran status and will not be discriminated against because of their protected status.
About The University of Alabama
Founded in 1831 as Alabama’s first public college, The University of Alabama is dedicated to excellence in teaching, research, and service. The University of Alabama is located in a vibrant, energetic college community in the center of Tuscaloosa, Alabama. The 1,000 acres of tree-lined pathways and state-of-the-art facilities are a source of inspiration for students, faculty, and staff. The University of Alabama has consistently ranked among the nation’s top 50 public universities by U.S. News & World Report for more than a decade. UA offers bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees in more than 200 fields of study.
The Department of Anthropology at the University of Alabama is a four-field department encompassing biological, cultural, and linguistic anthropology and archaeology as well as integrative subfields, including medical, psychological, and applied anthropology. We value and support synthetic work that crosses sub-disciplinary boundaries. Our medical anthropology faculty take a biocultural approach to health and illness, with expertise including lifespan human development, identity and the body, language and the body, syndemics, health systems, human behavioral ecology,... and social justice, among other areas. Medical anthropology faculty have well-established research sites in East Africa, East Asia, Central Europe, North America, the Caribbean, and Central America. The expertise of our archaeology faculty includes the study of the origins and evolution of complex societies, colonialism, ancient foodways, political economy of households and communities, epigraphy, place, memory, and identity, ecology and warfare, among other areas. Archaeology faculty work principally in the Southeast US, Belize, Guatemala, and Peru.
We offer four-field BA and MA degree programs, as well as PhD programs in our two primary specialty areas: Archaeology of Complex Societies of the Americas and Biocultural Medical Anthropology. In cooperation with the University of Alabama Department of Health Science, we also offer MA/MPH and MPH/PhD dual degree programs in Biocultural Health Promotion, providing robust training in both biocultural medical anthropology and applied health education and promotion.
To learn more about the department, visit https://anthropology.ua.edu