Assistant Professor, Cultural Anthropology

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The Department of Social, Cultural, and Justice Studies at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor of Cultural Anthropology.

We seek a cultural anthropologist to teach sections of cultural anthropology, ethnographic methods, and upper-level undergraduate courses based on the candidate’s area of specialization. We have a strong preference for a regional focus on Latin or South America. We are particularly interested in candidates whose research and teaching involves one or more of the following areas of scholarship: the anthropology of food and subsistence, economic anthropology, environmental anthropology, applied anthropology, and ethnographic methods. The successful candidate should be committed to engaged undergraduate research, integrating research and teaching, inclusive teaching pedagogies, and developing student skills in critical thinking. The salary range for this position is $56,000-$58,000. The appointment will begin on August 1, 2021. Candidates should be prepared to teach undergraduate courses in cultural anthropology and be willing to participate in departmental activities upon arrival. Candidates must have Ph.D. in hand at the time of application.

The successful candidate will hold an earned doctorate (Ph.D.) in Anthropology. Successful candidates should also demonstrate evidence of expertise and research productivity in one or more of the following areas (in no particular order of preference): subsistence studies, food and culture, environmental anthropology, economic anthropology, applied anthropology, ethnographic research methods, and Latin or South American studies. Candidates should also be willing to engage in a variety of instructional modalities, including face-to-face instruction, online instruction, and experiential learning. Candidates should also be willing to engage in assisting the UTC campus in its ability to reach additional goals as specified in UTC’s Strategic Plan, including a demonstrable commitment to diversity and inclusion. Applications from underrepresented groups are especially encouraged.

Application Procedures:
Applicants should submit the following information within our online application system for consideration:

  • A cover letter that discusses teaching experience, research program, and relevant experience.
  • A current CV highlighting aforementioned position preferences.
  • Research statement.
  • Teaching philosophy.
  • Evidence of teaching effectiveness (e.g., teaching evaluations).
  • Unofficial transcripts.
  • Statement of diversity and inclusion
  • Additionally, candidates will need to include names, titles, and email addresses for three (3) references for confidential letters of recommendation to be requested.

Review of applicants will begin on June 1st, 2021.  Preference will be given to those qualified candidates who apply before this date.

The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga is the second largest school in the University of Tennessee System, serving a diverse student body of more than 11,000 undergraduate and graduate students through five academic colleges. UTC offers a unique blend of private and public school traditions and is a driving force for achieving excellence, embracing diversity, inspiring positive change, and enriching the community. Since its founding as Chattanooga University in 1886, UTC has developed a reputation for excellence built on an unusual blend of the private and public traditions of American higher education. For more than 83 years, the university was a private school. In 1969, UTC became part of the state university system. Today, UTC is on a journey to excellence - boldly embracing a passion for excellence in all things and focused on changing lives and transforming communities. The UTC commitment—each and every day—is to earn the trust and confidence of those we serve. Our goal is to make a difference in our community and in the lives of our students.

Chattanooga, the fourth largest city in the state, is located in Southeast Tennessee near the border of Georgia at the junction of four interstate highways. The city has received national recognition for the renaissance of its beautiful downtown and redevelopment of its riverfront. Chattanooga also has the fastest internet in the country. Home to the first Gig Internet in the United States, Chattanooga has a 100% fiber network that links every home and business in a 600-square mile area. Companies like Unum, McKee, U.S. Xpress, Volkswagen, Coke and have chosen to set up shop in Chattanooga. Attractions such as the Tennessee Aquarium, Lookout Mountain, Civil War battlefield sites, the African American Museum, and the Appalachian Trail bring thousands of people to the area, as do events like the Riverbend Festival, Nightfall, Jazzanooga, the Creative Discovery Museum for Children, and the Southern Writers Conference. Chattanooga is the home to the seven-time NCAA Southern Conference Football Champions, The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga Mocs.  People who love the outdoors use Chattanooga as a base for hang-gliding, bass fishing, mountain climbing and caving expeditions; the beautiful Smoky Mountains and Tennessee River support the greatest variety of flora of any area in the United States. Chattanooga also has a long and rich past with regard to diversity, which includes Native American heritage, Civil War history, and the Civil Rights movement. Chattanooga is also just a two hour (or less) drive from Atlanta, Nashville, Knoxville, and Birmingham.

The University of Tennessee Chattanooga is an EEO/AA/Title VI/Title IX/Section 504/ADA/ADEA institution. All qualified applicants will receive equal consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, pregnancy, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, physical or mental disability, or protected veteran status.

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