The Evolution & Medicine Review

An opening is available for an Assistant or Associate Professor of Anthropology at Baylor University.

The Department of Anthropology within the College of Arts & Sciences at Baylor University is accepting applications for an assistant (tenure-track) OR associate (tenured or tenure-track) professor.  This position is open to applicants with research and teaching interests in human health (broadly conceived).  Preferred research areas include but are certainly not limited to global health, evolutionary medicine, human biology, health disparities/inequalities, medical anthropology, psychological anthropology/mental health, biomedical anthropology, biocultural anthropology, molecular anthropology, public health, environmental health, health of indigenous and pre-historic populations.  Applicants whose research have transdisciplinary foci and applied relevance are preferred.

The new faculty member will join a growing department with interest in applied perspectives on the anthropology of health, broadly conceived.  Interest in contributing to the new, unique PhD program (in the Anthropology of Health) is required, and skills appropriate for training graduates for applied work are preferred.  Faculty members are required to contribute to teaching, research, and service.  Expectations for an active research agenda include publishing and granting, as well as involving students as appropriate.  Start-up packages are available, and the standard teaching load is two courses per semester (although this depends on research activity).  The Graduate School also generously supports research assistantships for new or transferring doctoral students associated with this position.  Those applying for the associate level should demonstrate appropriate advanced experience.

Our current faculty members all contribute somehow to the health initiative (including Environmental Determinants, Biomedical Research, Family and Community Determinants, Health Policy, and Medical Education) of Baylor’s strategic plan “Illuminate” (https://illuminate.web.baylor.edu/) in addition to the initiatives in Human Flourishing and Latin America.  We aim to continue this trend.

Given the general topic of the anthropology of health, we anticipate recruiting someone capable of teaching courses that would be cross-listed in other departments like Biology, Environmental Science, Medical Humanities, and Psychology and Neuroscience, among others.  Successful applicants would likely have secondary appointments in other departments (Anthropology is considered a STEM discipline at Baylor).

The Department of Anthropology values diversity and is especially interested in candidates who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of our academic community through research, teaching, and service.  We also accept the American Association of Biological Anthropologists’ Code of Ethics, the American Anthropological Association’s Statement on Ethics, the Society for Applied Anthropology’s Statement of Ethics and Professional Responsibilities, and the American Association of University Professors’ Sexual Harassment Policy.  We pledge to respect each other, our students, and the people, animals, and places we study.

Applications will be reviewed on a continual basis. To ensure full consideration, complete applications should be submitted by 9/30/2022.  The following materials should be uploaded at https://apply.interfolio.com/106383: cover letter (explaining qualifications, current and future research plans, and teaching experience and philosophy), current curriculum vitae, transcript of highest degree earned (or if PhD is in progress, a copy of transcript showing completed PhD hours; unofficial transcripts are acceptable for now), and the contact information (names, email addresses, and phone numbers) for three potential references (referees will be contacted by the search committee separately).  Finalists for the position will be required to submit official doctoral transcripts in advance of a campus visit.  Employment will be contingent upon the successful completion of a background check.  The candidate should possess an earned doctorate (at the time of appointment) in an appropriate field of study; doctoral candidates capable of finishing their PhD before August 15 will also be considered in this search.

To learn more about the above position, the Department of Anthropology, the College of Arts and Sciences, and Baylor University, please visit www.baylor.edu/anthropology/.  Please contact Dr. Michael Muehlenbein ([email protected]) with any questions.