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Assistant Professor of Anthropology

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Work type: Faculty - Tenure Track
Location: Eugene, OR
Categories: Research/Scientific/Grants, Social Science, Instruction, Anthropology

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

Application Deadline

October 15, 2023; position open until filled

Required Application Materials

• Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V.
• Cover Letter - The cover letter should address how the candidate's research and teaching focus on issues affecting and of interest to Latinx/e/Chicanx students.
• Statement of Research - It is suggested that the research statement includes how your work addresses issues affecting and of interest to Latinx/Chicanx students.
• Statement of Teaching - It is suggested that the teaching statement includes how your work addresses issues affecting and of interest to Latinx/Chicanx students.
• Statement of Contributions to Diversity - Applicants should summarize their past or potential contributions to diversity. See our Faculty Equity site for more information.
• Writing sample: research paper or article/chapter #1
• Writing sample: research paper or article/chapter #2 (Optional - if you provide two writing samples, please combine into one document).

Please also include the names and contact information for three references. 

Position Announcement

The Department of Anthropology at University of Oregon invites applications for a full-time Assistant Professor to begin September 16, 2024. We seek an anthropologist at the cutting edge of research in the expressive cultures of Latinx/e communities broadly understood including Afro-descendent and Indigenous communities in diaspora from Latin America and the Caribbean, Mexican American, Chicanx/e, Latinx/e and other communities in the U.S. We define expressive culture broadly to include performances of many kinds, arts, ritual, medicinal knowledge and curing, vernacular storytelling and music, audio and visual forms of expression, museums and exhibits of all kinds, and more. The ideal candidate would be an interdisciplinary scholar working in cultural anthropology and/or related fields whose work critically engages with expressive culture as it relates to or affects those with Latinx/Latine identities broadly understood. Areas of programmatic interest of our Department include (but are not limited to): Latinx expressive culture in relation to social movements for environmental and social justice in diverse Latinx communities; cultural heritage and Latinx communities; differential social vulnerabilities, resilience, and cultural expression; migration, movement, diaspora and forms of expression; inequality and indigeneity; Latinx youth and forms of expression; LGBTI+ Latine forms of expression; the complexities of race and ethnicity in Latinx/e communities and expression. We welcome innovative perspectives from the past to the imaginings of expressive futures.

We seek candidates whose research, teaching, and service will advance the University of Oregon as an emerging Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI) and contribute to anti-racism, anti-oppression, equity, and social justice with a focus on Latinx/Latine communities. The selected candidate will also have the opportunity to engage with The Folklore and Public Culture Program, The Latinx Studies program, The Center for Latino/a and Latin American Studies, the Latinx Strategies group, The UO Dreamers Working Group, The Native American and Indigenous Studies Program, the Native Strategies group, the graduate faculty of Indigenous, Race and Ethnic Studies (IRES), Latin American Studies (LAS), Global Studies, among many others. We especially welcome candidates whose professional experience, community engagement, and personal background have facilitated their understanding of and ability to better serve students from traditionally underrepresented and first-generation communities in higher education. We welcome candidates with a strong interest in contributing to our graduate program. Faculty are expected to have an inclusive approach to mentoring and advising that incorporates working with women and underrepresented undergraduate and graduate students.

This position is one of six new tenure track faculty positions being filled as part of the College of Arts and Sciences’ Latinx Cluster Hire (LCH). The LCH aims to increase faculty diversity, innovative research, and culturally relevant curriculum and mentorship through increased engagement and collaboration across the UO campus and in partnership with the Latinx Studies Program on issues of race and racism, access and equity, and social, cultural, and political debates pertinent to Chicanx, Latinx/e, and Latin American Studies.

Department or Program Summary

The Department of Anthropology is dedicated to better understanding human cultural and biological origins and diversity through education and research. The faculty is committed to excellence in teaching and to the advancement of knowledge through local, national, and international programs of research. As anthropologists, we are engaged in understanding recent and historical developments in the world at large, and we also seek to bring anthropological perspectives to bear on the problems of a modern global society. The department embraces a broad intellectual pluralism where different theoretical and methodological approaches are recognized and valued.

Minimum Requirements

PhD in cultural anthropology or a related field in hand at time of appointment

Preferred Qualifications

Preferred qualifications include applicants with emerging scholarly records, demonstrated teaching experience with undergraduate students and commitment to mentoring doctoral students, commensurate with experience. The Department seeks candidates whose research, teaching, and/or service has prepared them to contribute to our commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion in higher education.

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. The UO enrolls more than 20,000 undergraduate and 3,600 graduate students representing all 50 states and nearly 100 countries. The University of Oregon is guided by a diversity framework that involves a commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion or all students, faculty, staff, alumni, and community members. In recent years, the university has increased the diversity of its student body, as well as campus-wide efforts to build a welcoming, inclusive community. The UO’s 295-acre campus features state-of-the art facilities in an arboretum-like setting within the traditional homelands of the Kalapuya people. The UO is located in Eugene, a vibrant city of 157,000 with a wide range of cultural and culinary offerings, a pleasant climate, and a community engaged in environmental and social concerns. The campus is within easy driving distance of the Pacific Coast, the Cascade Mountains, and Portland.

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 http://hr.uoregon.edu/careers/about-benefits.

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. The University is committed to providing reasonable accommodations to applicants and employees with disabilities. To request an accommodation in connection with the application process, please contact us at uocareers@uoregon.edu or 541-346-5112.

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 UO policy. Questions may be referred to the Title IX Coordinator, Office of Civil Rights Compliance, 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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