Assistant Professor of Anthropology or Geography

Fort Collins, CO, USA
Dec 06, 2017
Dec 12, 2017
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Assistant Professor of Anthropology or Geography

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Position Summary

In support of a new PhD program in anthropology, the Department of Anthropology at Colorado State University invites applications for the position of Assistant Professor to begin August 16th, 2018. We are searching for an anthropologist or a geographer who specializes in contemporary human health and well-being in the context of global environmental and/or social change.

The new PhD program explicitly integrates geographic perspectives and techniques with the traditional disciplinary foci of anthropology in order to train students to address research problems related to Place, Space, and Adaptation. We are seeking new tenure track faculty who will contribute specifically to the goals of this integrated program, expanding our current faculty of 10 anthropologists and four geographers. With these goals in mind, candidates who integrate biological, cultural, and geographic perspectives into their research and teaching are preferred, including those that do this from an evolutionary perspective. And applicants' research and teaching should support the programmatic focus of the new PhD program, whose full description can be found here:

The Department is particularly interested in scholars whose work crosses sub-disciplinary boundaries in anthropology or disciplinary boundaries between anthropology and geography. This includes but is not limited to biocultural anthropologists and others at the intersection of biological and cultural anthropology, anthropologists with a strong spatial approach in theory and method, and geographers with a focus on human or medical geography or a related specialization. Ideal candidates would make use of both anthropological and geographical perspectives and be capable of teaching perspectives on human biology, variation, and adaptation.

Applicants should note that this position accompanies a second departmental hire related to our new PhD program for an archaeologist integrating geographic perspectives and techniques in their research and teaching.


The successful candidate will be expected to teach four courses per year, including graduate and undergraduate courses, mentor students, and have an active research agenda. Applicants must be able to teach part of the existing curriculum in anthropology and/or geography, as well as develop new course content based on her/his research specialty. In addition to undergraduate and graduate-level teaching, the successful candidate will be expected to mentor undergraduate and graduate students in research methods useful to anthropologists and/or geographers. The quality and effectiveness of the candidate's research will be judged by her/his published record and the development of a fundable research program, relative to the particulars of the research/teaching/service effort distribution. The position also has a service component and participation in departmental, college, and university governance is expected.

Conditions of Employment
Pre-employment Criminal Background Check (required for new hires)

Required Job Qualifications

• PhD in anthropology, geography, or a related discipline at the time of appointment (August 16th, 2018).
• Research focus on contemporary health and well-being in the context of global environmental and/or social change.
• Evidence for a promising record in scholarship/research.
• Ability to teach a core PhD seminar in Place, Space, and Adaptation.
• Ability to mentor and/or integrate students into one's research.

Preferred Job Qualifications

• PhD in anthropology, geography, or a related discipline at the time of the application deadline (November 3rd, 2017).
• Research that integrates biological, cultural, and/or spatial perspectives on human health.
• Research related to global change topics, which includes but is not limited to human migration and conflict, environmental degradation, chronic or acute disasters, climate change, forced displacement and resettlement, food security, natural resource management conflicts, or other socio-environmental stressors.
• Research that employs an evolutionary perspective to inform understandings of contemporary human health.
• Ability to teach a course in global health at the graduate level.
• Ability to integrate perspectives on human variation, adaptation, and biology in the classroom.

Special Instructions to Applicants

Please submit (1) a cover letter that addresses required and preferred qualifications (as described in the full job announcement) as well as pertinent research and teaching interests, (2) curriculum vitae, and (3) the name and contact information for three references. Candidates reaching later stages of consideration will be asked by Dec. 8th to contact their referees to provide us with letters of recommendation. Letters should be addressed to: Anthropology Search Chair, Position 1: Health & Well-Being Anthropologist/Geographer. Routine inquiries should be directed to Brenda Avery at (970) 491-5447 or Application materials of semifinalist candidates, including letters of reference, will be made available for review by the entire faculty of the Department of Anthropology. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled; however, for full consideration, applications should be uploaded by November 3rd, 2017.

Background Check Policy Statement

Colorado State University (CSU) strives to provide a safe study, work, and living environment for its faculty, staff, volunteers and students. To support this environment and comply with applicable laws and regulations, CSU conducts background checks. The type of background check conducted varies by position and can include, but is not limited to, criminal (felony and misdemeanor) history, sex offender registry, motor vehicle history, financial history, and/or education verification. Background checks will be conducted when required by law or contract and when, in the discretion of the university, it is reasonable and prudent to do so.

EEO Statement

Colorado State University is committed to providing an environment that is free from discrimination and harassment based on race, age, creed, color, religion, national origin or ancestry, sex, gender, disability, veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or pregnancy and will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. Colorado State University is an equal opportunity/equal access/affirmative action employer fully committed to achieving a diverse workforce and complies with all Federal and Colorado State laws, regulations, and executive orders regarding non-discrimination and affirmative action. The Office of Equal Opportunity is located in 101 Student Services.

The Title IX Coordinator is the Executive Director of the Office of Support and Safety Assessment, 123 Student Services Building, Fort Collins, CO 80523 -2026, (970) 491-7407.

The Section 504 and ADA Coordinator is the Executive Director of Human Resources and Equal Opportunity, Office of Equal Opportunity, 101 Student Services Building, Fort Collins, CO 80523-0160, (970) 491-5836.

Diversity Statement

Reflecting departmental and institutional values, candidates are expected to have the ability to advance the Department's commitment to diversity and inclusion.

Search Contact
Brenda Avery,

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Departmental, College, and University committee work toward the maintenance of the Anthropology department

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Teach 4 courses per year

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Applicant Documents

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+ Curriculum Vitae

+ Cover Letter

+ List of Professional References

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