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Previous years' wiki pages: Cultural Anthropology 2011-2012and 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

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).

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)

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)

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.

Carnegie Mellon University - Anthropology & 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)
      • Did those with rejection emails receive requests for additional writing samples/dissertation draft?

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)

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?
  • 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.

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.

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)

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!

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)

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)

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

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)

King's College London - Lecturer (Permanent Position) 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

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.

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? 

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.

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)

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)

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)

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.

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).

Pomona College (CA) - Assistant Professor in Sociocultural Anthropology - Oct. 15

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)

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?
  • 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)

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

Request for interview at AAA (11/8)

Rice University-- Nov 30th

Any applicants had an requests/communication from them?

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)

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!

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.

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) x2

request for letters of recommendation (12/7)

Check this out. Undergrad, grad and interdisciplinary research blog associated with their methods lab.

University of Alaska- Medical Anthropology - App 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:

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).

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, 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.

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:

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

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

University of Memphis - Applied Anthrology - 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)

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.

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)

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? (x5)

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)

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:

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

University 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 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

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.

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)

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)

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)

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.

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.

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?)

Visiting Positions / Limited Term Appointments (for 2013)

Completed and/or Cancelled Searches

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):

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!

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

ABD - Looking for first job: 26

PhD - Looking for first job: 4

Have a job, looking for new one ...

  • adjunct: 1
  • VAP: 12  (what is this? = visiting assistant professor)
  • lecturer: 4
  • postdoc: 19
  • tenure track: 6
  • tenured:
  • 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: 1

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