University of Connecticut, Anthropology

Position ID:UConn-Anthropology-495651 [#19547, 495651]
Position Title: Assistant Professor
Position Type:Tenured/Tenure-track faculty
Position Location:Storrs, Connecticut 06269, United States [map]
Subject Area: Anthropology
Appl Deadline: finished (2021/09/13, finished 2022/05/14, listed until 2021/11/12)
Position Description:    

*** this position has been closed and new applications are no longer accepted. ***


The Department of Anthropology at the University of Connecticut invites applications for a full-time, tenure-track faculty position in Medical Anthropology at the rank of Assistant Professor.

We seek to hire an emerging scholar with broad training and an active research agenda that demonstrates theoretical innovation and a commitment to ethnographic engagement. Theoretical focus is open, with some preference for engagement with critical and/or decolonial approaches. Topical focus is also open, but we are especially seeking applicants with expertise in global health, broadly defined, and/or other areas that complement the expertise of our current faculty. Experience and interest in innovative, interdisciplinary, and/or community-based approaches to research and engagement are especially welcome. Geographic area is open, although a specialization in Asia or Africa would be especially welcome. The candidate will support UConn’s long tradition of research and training in Medical Anthropology by offering undergraduate and graduate courses, advising and mentoring students, and engaging actively in Departmental and interdisciplinary initiatives, such as the Department’s sociocultural anthropology colloquium, the undergraduate and graduate Global Health programs, and the Research Program on Global Health and Human Rights at the Human Rights Institute. This new colleague may also wish to engage in interdisciplinary conversations with one or more of the many research institutes at UConn such as the Human Rights Institute; El Instituto: Institute of Latina/o, Caribbean and Latin American Studies; Women Gender and Sexuality Studies; Africana Studies Institute; and/or Asian and Asian American Studies.  

The Department of Anthropology at the University of Connecticut offers undergraduate and graduate training, with internationally recognized strengths in medical anthropology, human rights, archaeology, and biocultural anthropology. Research, teaching, and advocacy in the Department seek to understand the creation and maintenance of social inequities while simultaneously identifying ways to reduce or eliminate them. The Department of Anthropology has recently created a Diversity Committee, composed of faculty and graduate students, that is charged with promoting a climate of diversity and inclusion within our department and engaging with anti-racist pedagogies.

Founded in 1881, UConn is a Land Grant and Sea Grant institution and member of the Space Grant Consortium. It is the state’s flagship institution of higher education and includes a main campus in Storrs, CT, four regional campuses throughout the state, and 13 Schools and Colleges, including a Law School in Hartford, and Medical and Dental Schools at the UConn Health campus in Farmington. The University has approximately 10,000 faculty and staff and 32,000 students, including nearly 24,000 undergraduates and over 8,000 graduate and professional students. UConn is a Carnegie Foundation R1 (highest research activity) institution, among the top 25 public universities in the nation. Through research, teaching, service, and outreach, UConn embraces diversity and cultivates leadership, integrity, and engaged citizenship in its students, faculty, staff, and alumni. UConn promotes the health and well-being of citizens by enhancing the social, economic, cultural, and natural environments of the state and beyond. The University serves as a beacon of academic and research excellence as well as a center for innovation and social service to communities. UConn is a leader in many scholarly, research, and innovation areas. Today, the path forward includes exciting opportunities and notable challenges. Record numbers of undergraduate applications and support for student success have enabled the University to become extraordinarily selective.


  1. A completed Ph.D. in anthropology or related field from an accredited United States university or equivalent foreign terminal degree at the time of appointment.
  2. Evidence of high-quality scholarly activity in medical anthropology and a record of publications.
  3. Evidence of effective and innovative undergraduate and graduate teaching in higher education (or equivalent) in medical anthropology and sociocultural anthropology
  4. Demonstrated commitment to diversity, inclusion, and equity in higher education through research, teaching, and/or public engagement. 


  1. Innovative, interdisciplinary, and/or community-based approaches to research.
  2. Engagement with critical or decolonial frameworks.
  3. Potential to advance interdisciplinary conversations with colleagues in other institutes.


This is a full-time, 9-month, tenure-track position with an anticipated start date of August 23, 2022. Ph.D. should be in hand by the time of the appointment. The typical teaching load is 2-2. The compensation package will be commensurate with background, qualifications, and experience.


Employment at the University of Connecticut is contingent upon the successful candidate’s compliance with the University’s Mandatory Workforce COVID-19 Vaccination Policy.  This Policy states that all workforce members are required to have or obtain a Covid-19 vaccination as a term and condition of employment at UConn, unless an exemption or deferral has been approved. 

Employment of the successful candidate is contingent upon the successful completion of a pre-employment criminal background check.


Please apply online to Academic Jobs Online and submit the following application materials:

  • A cover letter (1-2 pages that address your research interests, teaching interests, and teaching philosophy);
  • Curriculum vitae,
  • Commitment to diversity statement (1 page that includes your experience working with a diverse student population and/or ability to contribute to a culture of diversity, equity, and inclusion);
  • Article-length writing sample,
  • Sample syllabus for a course you would like to teach at UConn;
  • Three (3) letters of reference.

Cover letters and letters of reference should be addressed to the Faculty Search Committee. The position will remain open until filled, although review of completed applications will begin on October 15, 2021. 

At the University of Connecticut, our commitment to excellence is complemented by our commitment to building a culturally diverse community. We actively encourage women, people with disabilities, and members of minority groups to apply.  

This position will be filled subject to budgetary approval.

All employees are subject to adherence to the State Code of Ethics which may be found at

The University of Connecticut is committed to building and supporting a multicultural and diverse community of students, faculty and staff. The diversity of students, faculty and staff continues to increase, as does the number of honors students, valedictorians and salutatorians who consistently make UConn their top choice. More than 100 research centers and institutes serve the University’s teaching, research, diversity, and outreach missions, leading to UConn’s ranking as one of the nation’s top research universities. UConn’s faculty and staff are the critical link to fostering and expanding our vibrant, multicultural and diverse University community. As an Affirmative Action/Equal Employment Opportunity employer, UConn encourages applications from women, veterans, people with disabilities and members of traditionally underrepresented populations.

Application Materials Required:
Submit the following items online at this website to complete your application:
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Further Info:
Department of Anthropology
University of Connecticut
354 Mansfield Road
Storrs, Connecticut 06269-1176