Visiting Assistant Professor (Anthropology Of Religion) Sociology and Anthropology
Description Position Details: Gustavus Adolphus College invites applications for a full-time, one-year position of Visiting Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology to begin September 1, 2021.
Institution Information: Gustavus Adolphus College seeks employees who are committed to and will be resolute in advancing inclusion and equity. We seek candidates whose experience has prepared them to help us realize our college-wide goal of engagement and inclusion of culturally and racially diverse audiences in liberal arts and sciences. The Gustavus Acts strategic plan renews our commitment to equip students to lead purposeful lives, and to act on the great challenges of our time by diversifying and expanding the Gustavus community and delivering a distinctive and integrated liberal arts education.
Minnesota is home to a vibrant African American community and growing communities of Hmong, Latinx, and Somali peoples, as well as significant numbers of Indigenous people. We believe that representation from all of these groups contributes positively to our student body.
We are committed to fostering a community that embodies the value of a liberal arts education rooted in pluralism. We engage in this work at a coeducational, private, Lutheran (ELCA) College of Swedish immigrant heritage that is a leading residential, national liberal arts institution of 2200 students.
Department of Sociology and Anthropology: The department supports the college's liberal arts mission, including community, diversity, justice, and service. It aims to foster in its students: a) curiosity; b) open-mindedness; c) respect for other cultures and experiences; and d) engagement with pressing social problems and the world's challenges.
Major/Essential Functions: The annual teaching assignment will be 6 courses. Primary teaching responsibilities will include teaching Anthropology of Religion, Anthropology of Magic and the Occult, and Psychological and Cognitive Anthropology courses. The position will also entail contributing to general education with a Cultural Anthropology course. South Asia is the preferred geographical area.
Application Procedures: To apply, visit https://gustavus.edu/jobs and complete the online application. The documents that must be uploaded include the following:
Letter of application that addresses the position qualifications
A brief (one page) statement of teaching philosophy
A brief (one page) statement of research interests
A sample syllabus for Cultural Anthropology
Transcripts (scanned copies acceptable)
The names and contact information for three professional references (at least one must be able to address teaching experience and teaching effectiveness; please indicate the teaching reference in your letter of application). Please do not ask references to submit letters of recommendation; the committee will conduct reference checks by phone.
For full consideration, applications must be received by March 31, 2021. While applications may be accepted after this date, it is not guaranteed that they will be considered. At this time, please only upload the required documents listed above. Incomplete applications will not be considered by the search committee.
Gustavus Adolphus College is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer. The College does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, marital status, disability, or veteran status in its education or employment programs or activities.
Prerequisites Minimum Qualifications:
PhD in Social or Cultural Anthropology (we will consider candidates who have achieved ABD status and who will complete their degree by September 1, 2021)
Prior experience teaching cultural anthropology courses
Demonstrated evidence of effective teaching
Evidence of a commitment to undergraduate teaching and student advising
Experience working with people from diverse backgrounds
Demonstrated commitment to pedagogical methods that enable students across racial, ethnic, and socio-economic groups to reach their maximum potential
Experience advising and engaging in research collaboration with undergraduate students
Gustavus Adolphus College seeks employees who are committed to and will actively contribute to our efforts to celebrate cultural and intellectual richness and be resolute in advancing inclusion and equity. The Gustavus Acts strategic plan renews our commitment to equip students to lead purposeful lives, and to act on the great challenges of our time by diversifying and expanding the Gustavus community and delivering a distinctive and integrated liberal arts education. We are committed to fostering a community that embodies the value of a liberal arts education rooted in heritage and pluralism. We engage in this work at a coeducational, private, Lutheran (ELCA), residential, national liberal arts college of 2200 students.