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Wayne State University Full-time, Tenure-track Cultural Anthropology Position

Updated: Feb 8, 2020

The Department of Anthropology at Wayne State University invites applications for a full-time, tenure-track Cultural Anthropology position beginning in August 2020 at the rank of Assistant Professor. We seek a dynamic and innovative scholar who will contribute to the department’s Business and Organizational Anthropology track. Desired specializations include, but are not limited to: design, science/technology/societies, heritage, and environment. Geographical area specialization is open, but we prefer someone who complements existing expertise. Scholars focused on topics of race and structural inequalities are desired. The candidate is expected to contribute to Wayne State University’s mission as a premier urban research university.

We are seeking a colleague who has a developing or ongoing research program in applied anthropology, a record of, or potential for publication, a history or potential for securing external funding, and a commitment to diversity and providing a multicultural learning environment for undergraduate and graduate students. The successful candidate will be expected to take advantage of our location in Detroit and contribute to the department’s “Anthropology of the City” initiative. In doing so, she/he will be expected to establish a strong network of community collaborators. The candidate will also be responsible for teaching new and existing undergraduate and graduate courses, and coordinating student internships and practicums.

The Wayne State University Anthropology Department has been an internationally-recognized leader in applied anthropology for over 60 years. Rank and salary are commensurate with experience and qualifications (Ph.D. in Anthropology required; all candidates who are ABD must have the degree in hand before August 1, 2020).

Wayne State University is a premier, public, urban research university located in the heart of Detroit where students from all backgrounds are offered a rich, high quality education. Our deep- rooted commitment to excellence, collaboration, integrity, diversity and inclusion creates exceptional educational opportunities preparing students for success in a diverse, global society. WSU encourages applications from women, people of color and other underrepresented people. WSU is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer.

All applicants must apply to the WSU’s Online Hiring System at; refer to posting #044651. Please submit: 1) cover letter, 2) curriculum vitae, 3) writing sample, and 4) contact information for three references. Questions can be directed to Dr. Yuson Jung ( Review of completed applications begins October 15. 2019 and will continue until a suitable candidate is identified. Submissions before this date are strongly encouraged.

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