Assistant Professor - Cultural Anthropology - California State University, Fullerton

The Division of Anthropology at California State University, Fullerton, invites applications for a tenure‐track Assistant Professor position in Cultural Anthropology with appointment to begin Fall 2021.

Application Review Begin Date: 11/15/2020
Job Number: 497713
Application Link: 
Work type: Instructional Faculty – Tenure-Track
Location: Fullerton
Categories: Unit 3 - CFA - California Faculty Association College of Humanities and Social Sciences Cultural Anthropology Assistant Professor August 2021

California State University, Fullerton is a minority-serving institution, and an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer with a strong commitment to increasing the diversity of the campus community and the curriculum, and fostering an inclusive environment within which students, staff, administrators and faculty thrive.

The Division of Anthropology seeks candidates who are committed to promoting a climate that values diversity and inclusion and can contribute to the excellence of the academic community through research, teaching, and service, as appropriate to the position. Candidates from under-represented groups and those with experience with diverse populations are especially encouraged to apply.


We invite applications from scholars with a research specialization in the anthropological study of borders, borderlands, and migration. Additional research and teaching interests in one or more of the following areas would be an asset: legal and political anthropology; violence and security; labor and social class; critical race theory; and applied anthropology. We are also interested in candidates with expertise in using qualitative data analysis and research software. Preferred geographic area is Mexico-U.S. border.

The ideal candidate will engage with critical questions in anthropology and demonstrate attention to the broader context of anthropological research in contemporary society. The successful candidate will be expected to teach a wide array of courses—including introductory courses, upper-division undergraduate courses, graduate seminars, and courses in their area(s) of specialization—and contribute to graduate and undergraduate mentorship.

Applicants will ideally be interested in engaging students in local research projects, applied projects, or internships. Faculty members teach and advise graduate and undergraduate students and serve on departmental and university-wide committees. Faculty members are responsible for producing scholarship/creative work commensurate with the requirements for tenure. Positive tenure and promotion decisions require excellent teaching and excellent research, including publication in peer-reviewed outlets relevant to anthropology, and participation in service to the broader academic community. CSUF faculty are committed teacher/scholars who bring research and creative discovery to life for students in classrooms, labs, studios, and individually mentored projects. They teach broadly in the curricula of their departments, advise students, and serve on departmental and university-wide committees.

The primary responsibilities of the person in this position will include the development and teaching of introductory and core courses in the discipline, and the development of courses in their area(s) of specialization. Specific courses that this person will teach may include ANTH 102: Introduction to Cultural Anthropology; ANTH 304: Traditional Cultures of the World; as well as theory and methods courses, which are taught frequently, by several faculty members. They will also teach courses in the major that reflect the candidate’s areas of expertise, including ANTH 482: Globalization and Culture Change and ANTH 409: Applied Anthropology, as well as courses at the graduate level. We welcome this person to develop new curriculum in their area of expertise. This person will also be responsible for producing scholarship / creative work commensurate with the requirements for tenure. The successful candidate will also be expected to contribute to and participate in the life and development of the department, advise students, serve on committees, and participate in the broader university and disciplinary communities.

Required Qualifications

  • Ph.D. in Anthropology or an interdisciplinary field with primary expertise in anthropology and ethnographic methods. ABDs may apply but must show evidence that the degree will be completed by the appointment date
  • Specialization in the anthropological study of borders, borderlands, and migration
  • Evidence of successful teaching experience at the college or university level
  • A strong record of scholarly accomplishments appropriate to the level of appointment
  • Ability to balance excellent teaching, scholarship, and service
  • Experience in working collaboratively with colleagues and community
  • Demonstrated contributions to diversity through research, teaching, and service Application A complete on‐line application must be received by electronic submission to be considered. To apply, please visit to apply for requisition #497713, and provide the following required materials:
  • Cover letter in which you respond to the required qualifications
  • Curriculum vita
  • Research statement
  • One article or chapter-length sample of scholarly writing (approximately 8,000 words)
  • Teaching statement
  • Representative course syllabi and sample assignments submitted as a single pdf
  • Candidate Statement on Commitment to Inclusive Excellence: a statement addressing past and/or future contributions to diversity, inclusion, and social justice through research, teaching, and service (approximately one to two pages, single spaced)
  • A list of three references with relevant contact information [On the references page of the online application, enter information for three referents who will provide a confidential letter of reference for your application. At the appropriate point in the search process [should you advance to the semi-finalist / finalist stage], they will receive a request via email along with information on uploading the letter. You will be able to verify that each letter has been received by CSUF by logging back in to the recruitment system.]

Please direct all questions about the position to: Dr. Karen Stocker at

To be assured full consideration, all application materials must be received by November 15, 2020.

The College

The mission of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences at California State University, Fullerton is to educate students to be culturally, globally, socially, historically and environmentally astute, civically responsible alumni able to navigate an increasingly complex and interconnected world. The College of Humanities and Social Sciences' departments and programs offer students the breadth of a traditional liberal arts education in the humanities and social sciences while preparing them for a wide range of professions, for graduate school, and for advanced professional study in fields such as law, education, public administration, clinical psychology, and business. Students who graduate with a degree from H&SS are assured of having depth of understanding in their field of study and the useful core skills that are most attractive to prospective employers and to success in graduate school. The College of Humanities and Social Sciences is the largest college at Cal State Fullerton, offering 23 undergraduate degrees, 38 minors, and 15 graduate degrees. The 20 departments and programs employ over 450 faculty and 50 staff members serving more than 7,500 students and annually awarding over 2,000 degrees. For more information about the college, please go to 

The Department

The Cultural Anthropology Program constitutes one portion of the Division of Anthropology, alongside Archaeology and Evolutionary Anthropology. The Division of Anthropology at CSUF has a long tradition of excellent undergraduate and graduate education. We offer many opportunities for student engagement through student clubs, research with faculty, study abroad opportunities, and internships in the community. We are a broad department that emphasizes multifaceted approaches drawing from across the humanities and social and life sciences. Our curriculum includes coursework representative of the four fields of Anthropology. Our faculty, students, and staff have received a wide range of honors and awards.

Additional Information

Multiple positions may be hired from this recruitment based on the strength of the applicant pool.

Salary is commensurate with experience and qualifications and is subject to budgetary authorization and any California State University System faculty contract increases. Summer research grants, moving expenses, start‐up funds, and a reduced teaching load may be available. An excellent comprehensive benefits package is available that includes health/vision/dental plans; spouse, domestic partner and dependent fee‐waiver; access to campus child‐care; and a defined‐benefit retirement through the state system along with optional tax sheltering opportunities. For a detailed description of benefits, please visit 

The person holding this position is considered a ‘mandated reporter’ under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and is required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083 as a condition of employment. A background check (including a criminal records check) must be completed satisfactorily before any candidate can be formally offered a position with the CSU. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may affect application status of applicants or continued employment of current CSU employees who apply for the position.

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