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Assistant Professor: Biological Anthropology (Paleoanthropology/Paleoprimatology)

The Department of Anthropology at San Diego State University invites applications for a tenure track position at the level of assistant professor to begin Fall 2022. We are seeking candidates who can complement and augment the department’s biological anthropology strengths in human and nonhuman primate biology and behavior, human-environment interactions, and biocultural approaches to nutrition, health, and disease. We are particularly interested in applicants 1) with a research specialization in primate/hominin paleoecology and evolution or the functional and comparative morphology of humans and other primates; 2) who conduct field-based, interdisciplinary research integrating biological data within an ecological and social context; and, 3) who demonstrate experience in and/or commitment to conducting engaged public anthropology (e.g., helping maintain public scientific literacy regarding human evolution). Geographic area is open. Candidates must have a Ph.D. in anthropology completed by the effective starting date of employment (August 18, 2022). Candidates should have teaching experience and an active research program. The successful applicant will show a strong record of research and publication and the potential to obtain external funding. The successful candidate will teach low-to-mid-level subfield-specific courses for the curriculum, undergraduate and graduate courses in the candidate’s research specialties, and advise undergraduate and master’s level students. Applicants should have demonstrated experience in and/or commitment to teaching and working effectively with students from diverse backgrounds and members of underrepresented groups.

SDSU anthropology faculty and students address real-world problems through theoretically driven yet practical applications of anthropology, promoting an understanding of human diversity and commonality across the globe and through time. The department currently has 189 undergraduate students pursuing a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree and 41 graduate students working on their Master of Arts (M.A.) degree in Anthropology. The department’s faculty members are dedicated teacher-scholars; they are active researchers and engaged instructors who regularly unite these tasks by involving students in their projects through firsthand field, lab, and internship opportunities and bringing their original research into student-centered learning environments.

SDSU is the oldest institution of higher education in the San Diego region, with a campus and microsites in San Diego and locations in Southern California’s Imperial Valley and Tbilisi in the Republic of Georgia. The highly diverse campus community has a student population of approximately 36,000. SDSU is included in the Carnegie Foundation’s Doctoral Universities: High Research Activity category. Established in 1897, SDSU offers bachelor degrees in 97 areas, masters in 84 and doctorates in 23. See https://www.sdsu.edufor more information. SDSU is a large, diverse, urban university and a Hispanic-Serving (HSI) and Asian American Native American Pacific Islander-Serving Institution (AANAPISI) with a commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusive excellence. Our campus community is diverse in many ways, including race, religion, color, sex, age, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, national origin, pregnancy, medical condition, and covered veteran status. We strive to build and sustain a welcoming environment for all.

Application Instructions

Interested candidates should apply via Interfolio. Candidates should submit 1) a cover letter addressed to Dr. Erin Riley, the chair of the search committee, 2) a full curriculum vitae, 3) the names and contact information of three (3) references, and 4) a separate diversity statement. The diversity statement should clearly indicate how candidates satisfy at least two (2) of the following eight Building on Inclusive Excellence (BIE) criteria:  (1) are committed to engaging in service with underrepresented populations within the discipline; (2) have demonstrated knowledge of barriers for underrepresented students and faculty within the discipline; (3) have experience or have demonstrated commitment to teaching and mentoring underrepresented students; (4) have experience or have demonstrated commitment to integrating understanding of underrepresented populations and communities into research; (5) have experience in or have demonstrated commitment to extending knowledge of opportunities and challenges in achieving artistic/scholarly success to members of an underrepresented group; (6) have experience in or have demonstrated commitment to research that engages underrepresented communities; (7) have expertise or demonstrated commitment to developing expertise in cross-cultural communication and collaboration; and/or (8) have research interests that contribute to diversity and equal opportunity in higher education.

Review of applications will begin February 7, 2022.

As part of its commitment to a safe and equitable “OneSDSU” community, SDSU requires that individuals seeking faculty employment provide at the time of application authorization to conduct background checks if they become a finalist for the position; applications without this authorization will be considered incomplete and not considered. 

A background check (including a criminal records check) must be completed 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.

The person holding this position is considered a “mandated reporter” under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and is required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083 as a condition of employment.

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

SDSU is a Title IX, equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate against persons on the basis of race, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity and expression, marital status, age, disability, pregnancy, medical condition, or covered veteran status.