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Assistant Professor of Anthropology

Job no: 520608
Work type: Faculty - Tenure Track
Location: Eugene, OR
Categories: Anthropology, Instruction
Department:Arts & Sciences, College of

Department: Anthropology
Rank: Assistant Professor
Annual Basis: 9 Month

Application Deadline
October 15, 2017; position open until filled

Required Application Materials
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Required materials include: a cover letter; C.V.; three course syllabi; a writing sample (no more than 35 pages); three references (letters of recommendation are not required; names and email addresses of recommenders are sufficient initially); and evidence of experience and excellence in teaching. 

Position Announcement
The Department of Anthropology at the University of Oregon invites applications for a tenure track position at the rank of Assistant Professor in the area of Folklore and Public Culture, to begin fall 2018. We seek candidates with demonstrable training in folklore studies and experience in teaching folklore theory and ethnographic methods, at the intersection of public engagement and the study of expressive cultural forms.

The ideal candidate will demonstrate rigorous attention to cultural production emerging within diverse genres, media, and forms of creative communication, including performance and vernacular media culture. Experience and ability with ethnographic film/media production desirable. The candidate will also demonstrate experience and ability in attending to one or more of the following intersections: gender, sexuality, class, race, disability, migration status. Geographic specialization is open.

The successful candidate will play a central role in both the Department of Anthropology and the Folklore and Public Culture Program. The selected candidate will be expected to maintain a strong research profile and publication record, including external support for research and publication in leading venues. The candidate is also expected to teach courses about the history of folklore studies, theoretical approaches in folkloristics, and folklore fieldwork methods to graduate students, as well as large introductory folklore classes; and to excel in teaching a diverse student body.

We seek candidates with demonstrated potential to contribute positively to the university’s diverse community. Successful candidates will support and enhance a diverse learning and working environment, and applicants should include in their cover letter information about how they will further this goal. We strongly encourage applications from women, individuals of color, and candidates with disabilities.

Department or Program Summary
The Anthropology Department at the University of Oregon is a diverse and growing department with strengths in Biological Anthropology, Cultural Anthropology and Archaeology. Interdisciplinary ties are one of our strengths, and thus many faculty members are closely aligned with other programs and units such as Folklore and Public Culture, the Museum of Natural and Cultural History, the Center for the Study of Women in Society, the Center for Latino/a and Latin American Studies, the Institute for Cognitive and Decision Sciences, the Center for Asian and Pacific Studies, the Institute of Ecology and Evolution, Ethnic Studies, and Women’s and Gender Studies.
The Folklore and Public Culture Program at the University of Oregon is an interdisciplinary program offering a major, minor and masters degree; teaching load is five courses per year within a quarter system. Folklore studies at the UO draws upon methods and theories from the humanities, social sciences, and professional schools and involves faculty from across four colleges and multiple departments. The program also has a strong public sector folklore track and has a productive partnership with the Oregon Folklife Network (the state's designated Folk and Traditional Arts program), which is situated on the UO campus.

Minimum Requirements
Minimum Requirements: PhD in Folklore, Anthropology or related discipline; PhD in hand by time of appointment.

Candidates should provide strong evidence of (or demonstrate potential for) excellence in research and teaching, including:
• Evidence of university teaching experience (please send teaching evaluations if available)
• Evidence of scholarly potential (e.g., publications, conference presentations, grant development)
• Evidence of ability to work with and mentor a diverse student population (e.g., advising, student club involvement, independent study supervision)
• Evidence of ability to teach courses in Folklore and areas of specialization (e.g., syllabi)

About the University
The University of Oregon is one of only two Pacific Northwest members of the Association of American Universities and holds the distinction of a “very high research activity” ranking in the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education. Located in Eugene, the UO enrolls more than 20,000 undergraduates and 3,600 graduate students representing all 50 states and nearly 100 countries.


The University of Oregon is proud to offer a robust benefits package to eligible employees, including health insurance, retirement plans and paid time off. For more information about benefits, visit

The University of Oregon is an equal opportunity, affirmative action institution committed to cultural diversity and compliance with the ADA.  The University encourages all qualified individuals to apply, and does not discriminate on the basis of any protected status, including veteran and disability status.

UO prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, sex, national or ethnic origin, age, religion, marital status, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression in all programs, activities and employment practices as required by Title IX, other applicable laws, and policies. Retaliation is prohibited by UO policy. Questions may be referred to the Title IX Coordinator, Office of Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity, or to the Office for Civil Rights. Contact information, related policies, and complaint procedures are listed on the statement of non-discrimination.

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