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Assistant Professor - Anthropology

Apply now Job no: 504538
Work type: Instructional Faculty – Tenured/Tenure-Track
Location: San José
Categories: Unit 3 - CFA - California Faculty Association, Faculty - Behavioral Sciences, Tenured/Tenure-Track, Full Time



Position Rank and Title:  Assistant Professor

Department:  Anthropology

Compensation:  Commensurate with qualifications and experience (see Benefits Summary for details)                                     

Application Deadline:  December 1, 2021

Target Start Date:  August, 2022

First Review Date:  December 8, 2021


Position Description

The SJSU Anthropology Department invites applications for a full-time tenure-track Assistant Professor position in Applied-Cultural Anthropology beginning in August 2022, subject to budgetary approval. Applicants must have completed a PhD in anthropology or a closely related field before the position begins. The position requires an applied-cultural anthropologist able to use anthropology to address "real-world" problems in and between organizations, communities, and networks, and to actively participate in interdisciplinary collaborations. The department is particularly interested in an applied-cultural anthropologist with expertise in one or more the following areas: design anthropology; infrastructures; climate and environment; business anthropology; social dimensions of technological systems; economic anthropology; human-computer interactions; and medical anthropology, health, and health equity.

The Anthropology Department has gained national recognition for its innovative graduate and undergraduate programs, particularly its M.A. Program in Applied Anthropology. The department is committed to applying anthropology in an integrated, interdisciplinary way—by reconnecting the discipline’s subfields, making links with other SJSU departments through its Behavioral Science and Organizational Studies degree programs, launching a world-class graduate degree program in Applied Anthropology, and collaborating with organizations outside the University.

The department’s strategy has been to forge an approach that is both consistent with the integrity of the discipline and that addresses the needs of students and the region. Graduates apply social science skills for a wide range of public, private, and non-profit organizations including Google, Reddit, the American Red Cross, the National Park Service, Sacred Heart Community Services, the County of Santa Clara, Holman Associates, and many more. Anthropology faculty and staff share a commitment to supporting students at every stage through dedicated advising, professional development, and career consultation.

The M.A. program in Applied Anthropology emphasizes individualized learning plans and projects rather than standardized training. This allows them to connect with faculty in other departments who can offer expertise in specific areas such as health sciences, geography, or urban planning. The program also gives students the option of developing and implementing projects that allow students to explicitly address real-world problems for partner organizations.

Required Qualifications

  • A Ph.D. (or equivalent) from an accredited institution in anthropology or closely related academic field
  • Experience in using anthropological knowledge and skills to address real-world problems in and between organizations, communities, or networks
  • Ability to develop practice-oriented projects at local, regional, and global levels of organization that potentially involve students
  • Capacity to develop and teach a range of courses including general education, upper-division anthropology, and graduate courses
  • Demonstrated awareness of and sensitivity to the educational goals of a multicultural population as might have been gained in cross-cultural study, training, teaching, and other comparable experience

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience or expertise in one or more of the following areas: design anthropology; infrastructures; climate and environment; business anthropology; social dimensions of technological systems; economic anthropology; human-computer interactions; medical anthropology, health, health equity
  • A record of research productivity as demonstrated through peer-reviewed publications or scholarly presentations
  • Demonstrated commitment to teaching excellence and advising for undergraduate and graduate students
  • Ability to develop opportunities for interdisciplinary collaboration across different departments

Key Responsibilities

  • Develop and teach courses appropriate undergraduate and graduate courses, including general education courses
  • Initiate local, regional, or global projects that potentially involve undergraduate or graduate students
  • Provide academic advising for undergraduate students in anthropology, behavioral science, and organizational studies
  • Supervise and advise graduate students in applied anthropology and participate fully as a member of the graduate faculty
  • Maintain an active research as manifested in publications, professional presentations, or creative activity in support of tenure and/or promotion
  • Participate in shared governance, usually in department, college, and university committee and other service assignments
  • Demonstrate awareness and experience understanding the needs of a student population of great diversity—in age, abilities, cultural background, ethnicity, religion, economic background, primary language, sexual orientation, gender identity, and academic preparation – through inclusive course materials, teaching strategies and advisement

Eligibility: Employment is contingent upon proof of eligibility to work in the United States.

Application Procedure

Click Apply Now to complete the SJSU Online Employment Application and attach the following documents:

  • letter of interest
  • curriculum vitae
  • statement of teaching interests/philosophy (2 pages)
  • statement of research plans (2 pages)
  • diversity statement (2 pages)
  • three references with contact information

Inquires may be directed to Charlotte Sunseri, Chair of Recruitment Committee (  Please include Job Requisition 504538 on all correspondence.

San José State University: Silicon Valley’s Public University

Located in the heart of Silicon Valley — one of the most innovative regions in the world — San José State University is the founding campus of the 23-campus California State University (CSU) system and the first public university in the West. The 2020 #1 Most Transformative University in the nation according to Money Magazine, San José State is an essential partner in the economic, cultural and social development of Silicon Valley, the Bay Area and California. SJSU is a top-200 school nationally in research funding and second highest in research productivity in the CSU system. This cutting-edge research, combined with its world-class scholarship, student-centered learning opportunities, and experiential and interdisciplinary programs, allows SJSU to provide transformative opportunities that advance the public good locally and globally.

Equal Employment Statement

San José State University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. We consider qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, age, gender, gender identity/expression, sexual orientation, genetic information, medical condition, marital status, veteran status, or disability. This policy applies to all San José State University students, faculty, and staff as well as University programs and activities. Reasonable accommodations are made for applicants with disabilities who self-disclose. Note that all San José State University employees are considered mandated reporters under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and are required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083 as a condition of employment.


Additional Information

A background check (including a criminal records check) must be completed satisfactorily before any candidate can be offered a position with the CSU.  Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may affect the application status of applicants or continued employment of current CSU employees who apply for the position.


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Last Updated Sep 13, 2021