The Department of Anthropology at the University of Connecticut seeks to hire an Assistant Professor (tenure-track) with a research focus on the African Diaspora within the Americas whose research and teaching centers in areas such as social, historical, or cultural dimensions of inequality or strategies for effective interventions against settler colonialism; racism; globalization of white spaces and institutions; or xenophobia. Topics might relate, for example, to inequalities of race/ethnicity, class, gender, health, migration, citizenship, and/or sexuality among African-descended peoples in North America. We strongly encourage applications from emerging scholars with broad training and an active research agenda who demonstrate theoretical innovation and a commitment to ethnographic engagement. The ideal candidate’s area(s) of specialty will contribute to an interdisciplinary and intersectional understanding of cultural structures or institutions that enable and sustain anti-Black racialization and relate broadly to one or more of the academic themes championed by the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, especially Inequalities, Social Justice, Truth, and Belief and Health, Disease, and Well-Being. Candidates should be able to offer courses that expand current offerings on anti-racism, state-sponsored anti-Black violence, and decolonial thought and practice, with the expectation that these courses would be included in General Education requirements. Qualified candidates should also be able to teach large survey courses, such as ANTH 1000(W) (Peoples and Cultures of the World), ANTH 1006 (Introduction to Anthropology); ANTH 2000(W) (Social Anthropology), as well as courses on methods and field research applicable to a wide range of majors from across the University. The candidate will support UConn’s long tradition of research and training in Cultural Anthropology by offering undergraduate and graduate courses, advising, and mentoring students, and engaging actively in Departmental and interdisciplinary initiatives. This hire demonstrates UConn’s and the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences’ commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion, and builds on the College’s existing strengths in Decolonial and Anti-Racism scholarship.
The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences is also home to a vibrant collective of Institutes and Programs engaged in anti-racism scholarship, area studies, and intersectional struggles against oppression, including Africana Studies, American Studies, Asian and Asian American Studies, El Instituto, Native American and Indigenous Studies, and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies.
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.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
The successful candidates will exhibit a genuine, demonstrated interest in using anthropological theory and methods to ground teaching and engaged research on anti-racism. Qualified candidates would also be able to teach large survey courses, such as Peoples and Cultures of the World, Introduction to Anthropology and Social Anthropology, as well as courses on methods and field research. Candidates will be expected to contribute to research and scholarship through high-quality publications in top-tier venues, externally funded research, and mentoring of graduate students. In the area of teaching, the successful candidate will share a deep commitment to effective instruction at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Successful candidates will highlight a commitment to equity and be expected to: broaden participation among members of underrepresented groups; demonstrate through their research, teaching, and/or public engagement multiple perspectives as the foundation of a rich learning experience; integrate diverse experiences into instructional methods and research tools; and/or provide leadership in developing pedagogical techniques designed to meet the needs of diverse populations and intellectual interests.
Doctoral degree (or equivalent foreign degree) completed in anthropology by position start date.
Teaching experience or demonstrated capacity to teach courses with documentation of a commitment to teaching.
A solid record of scholarly productivity in the areas of inequalities of race/ethnicity, class, gender, health, migration, citizenship, and/or sexuality among African-descended peoples in North America.
The ability to contribute through research, teaching, and/or public engagement to the diversity and excellence of the Department and College.
Effective communication skills (both written and oral).
Demonstrated history of or potential for external research funding.
Experience teaching courses relevant to inequalities of race/ethnicity, class, gender, health, migration, citizenship, and/or sexuality among African-descended peoples in North America.
Demonstrated experience and commitment to teaching and/or mentoring a diverse student population.
Ability to engage productively with faculty across disciplines.
This is a full-time, 9-month, tenure-track position with an anticipated start date of August 23, 2023. The successful candidate’s academic appointment will be at the Storrs campus. Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.
TERMS AND CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT
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 https://academicjobsonline.org/ajo/jobs/22859 and submit the following application materials:
A cover letter,
Research and scholarship statement (e.g., prior research findings and impact; future research plans);
Teaching statement (e.g., teaching experience, mentoring experience, teaching philosophy, courses prepared to teach);
Commitment to diversity statement (e.g., values around social justice, diversity, equity, and inclusion; diversity-related experience in teaching, research, and service; plans to continue to advance diversity, equity, and inclusion);
Writing sample and any supporting materials,
Contact information for three (3) letters of reference. References will not be contacted without notification of the candidate.
Review of applications will begin on October 10, 2022, and continue until the position is filled. For questions about this position, please contact Professor Françoise Dussart (firstname.lastname@example.org).
At the University of Connecticut, our commitment to excellence is complemented by our commitment to building a culturally diverse community.
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 http://www.ct.gov/ethics/site/default.asp.
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.