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Assistant Professor, Anthropology

at University of Denver

Posted: 5/15/2018
Job Status: Full Time
Job Reference #: 3224

Job Description

The Department of Anthropology at the University of Denver is composed of seven full-time nationally and internationally recognized scholars, teachers, and practitioners. Our vision is to be a center of creative research and teaching, and a leading voice for the practice of public, collaborative, and community-engaged anthropology. Our undergraduate and graduate programs in archaeology, cultural anthropology, and museum and heritage studies draw on a spectrum of research practices ranging from basic to applied research. A focus and strength is public anthropology: applying the disciplines concepts, methods, and insights to problems and issues of contemporary relevance. Our department offers BA and MA degrees in anthropology. The University of Denver's vision is to be a great private university dedicated to the public good. As such, DU values inclusive excellence, recognizing that its success is dependent on how well it engages and includes the rich diversity of constituents. To learn about inclusive excellence at the University of Denver, please visit More specifically, the University of Denver is committed to advancing scholarship, teaching, and service related to the study of Native American peoples. For more information, please see the Office of the Chancellors Task Force on Native American Inclusivity report: DU is situated in the Denver metro area, a vibrant and diverse urban center in the Rocky Mountain region that is home to nearly 2.6 million people. Our urban location supports faculty and student relationships with a number of local educational and cultural institutions. The University, ranked in the top 100 universities in the country, is comprised of approximately 5600 undergraduates, 6200 graduate students, and nearly 700 full-time faculty. The University of Denver is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. 


Position Summary

The Department of Anthropology invites applications for an assistant professor, full-time regular, tenure-track position with an anticipated starting date of September 2019. We seek a candidate with specialization in Native American and/or Indigenous Studies whose work intersects with one or more of the following areas of research and practice: issues of identity, heritage, indigeneity, activism; the impact of globalization on Indigenous communities; urban studies; human rights, including the right to land and resources; indigenous knowledge, epistemologies and decolonizing research methodologies; technology, art, visual, material, and expressive culture. The ideal candidate will work at the intersections of environmental anthropology, and political and legal anthropology. The candidate will be involved in collaborative efforts toward the further development of an interdisciplinary Native American and Indigenous Studies curriculum within the department and the university as a whole. The successful candidate will teach five courses per year over three quarters (autumn, winter, spring). The ideal candidate, in addition to courses in anthropology and her/his area of specialization, should be able to offer courses that are accessible and attractive to undergraduate students who represent a broad range of majors. Lower-level undergraduate courses normally fulfill requirements in the university’s General Education program. Some upper-divisional courses will be open to a mix of advanced undergraduate and entry-level MA students. We are especially interested in courses and pedagogies that are experiential in nature, broadly understood to encompass traditional hands-on learning as well as community-engaged, service learning.


Essential Functions


  • Teach five courses per year over three quarters (autumn, winter, spring) that reflect candidate’s area of specialization.
  • Teach courses in the University’s General Education program. Contribute to the departments MA programs in cultural anthropology, archaeology, and/or museum and heritage studies.
  • Mentor and advice undergraduate and graduate students.
  • Demonstrated knowledge and ability to work effectively with diverse populations; implementation of inclusive excellence principle in the classroom.
  • Serve as a good academic citizen within the Department of Anthropology, the University of Denver, the profession, and community beyond.


Required Qualifications

  • Ph.D. in Anthropology.
  • Evidence of an active research agenda and a beginning record of scholarly publication.
  • Record of successful teaching experience or other evidence of a commitment to university teaching.
  • Dedication to principles of shared governance: strong faculty involvement in academic planning and decision-making at the department, college, and university level.


Preferred Qualifications

  • Contribution to compositional and/or intellectual diversity and to the advancement of inclusive excellence through their teaching, research and service.
  • Teaching and research focus on the intersections of race, ethnicity, class, gender, sexuality, and social location; as well as in indigenous knowledge, epistemologies and decolonizing research methods.
  • Scholarly work at the intersections of environmental anthropology, and political and legal anthropology.
  • Interest in and the ability to teach community engaged and/or service learning courses would be welcomed.


Application Deadline

Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position has been filled.
For best consideration, please submit your application materials by 4:00 p.m. (MST) September 1, 2018. 


Special Instructions

Candidates must apply online through to be considered. Only applications submitted online will be accepted. Once within the job description online, please scroll to the bottom of the page to apply. 


Please include the following documents with your application:

  1. Letter of application (including a statement of areas of research and teaching interests)
  2. Separate Inclusive Excellence statement. The University of Denver and the Department of Anthropology are committed to building a diverse and inclusive educational environment. Applicants should acquaint themselves with our priorities and initiatives by visiting these websites: and
  3. C.V.
  4. Teaching portfolio (teaching philosophy, teaching evaluations, sample syllabi, and any evidence of teaching training)


NOTE: The online system is limited to uploading 10 files. Please combine content if necessary to get all content uploaded.


The University of Denver is committed to enhancing the diversity of its faculty and staff and encourages applications from women, minorities, members of the LGBTQ community, people with disabilities and veterans. The University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. 


All offers of employment are based upon satisfactory completion of a criminal history background check.

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