UAF College of Liberal Arts Assistant Professor of Cultural Anthropology

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  • Job Number:519386
  • Classification:Assistant Professor (F9)
  • Grade:UNAC Grade 30
  • Work type:Faculty Full-time
  • Administrative Unit:University of Alaska Fairbanks
  • School/Business unit:UAF College of Liberal Arts
  • Location:Fairbanks
  • Categories: Education/Instructional

Position Summary:

The University of Alaska Fairbanks Department of Anthropology invites applications for a tenure track Assistant Professor of Cultural Anthropology. ***This recruitment is open internally to current UA employees or those otherwise eligible to apply to internal postings.***


10%Service – Fulfill various service obligations at the department, college, university, professional and public levels.Essential
30%Research/Creative Activity – Continue established, interdisciplinary research agenda preferably focused on food systems and practices in the Circumpolar North (e.g., Alaska,, Russia Far East, Beringia). Develop collaborations with communities across the Circumpolar North, publish articles, and present research and processes to diverse audiences.Essential
60%Teaching – Teaching duties include teaching lower and upper division/graduate courses in Anthropology and Cultural Anthropology. Recruit, advise undergraduate students, mentor and supervise graduate students, and support students. Hold office hours appropriate for the courses being taught. Develop and modify curriculum for distance delivery and other teaching modalities.Essential

***This recruitment is open internally to current UA employees or those otherwise eligible to apply to internal postings.***

To be eligible for this position, applicants must be legally authorized for unrestricted employment in the United States. No work visas will be sponsored for this position.

The University of Alaska Fairbanks Department of Anthropology invites applications for a tenure track Assistant Professor of Cultural Anthropology. Candidates shall demonstrate excellence in teaching and mentoring. Teaching duties include lower and upper division anthropology and cultural anthropology courses as well as course development at the undergraduate and graduate levels.

The successful candidate must hold office hours appropriate for the courses being taught and develop and modify curriculum towards in-person and/or distance delivery and other teaching modalities as needed.

Typical experience for applicants is experience teaching at the university level; experience mentoring and supporting undergraduate and graduate students; experience teaching and conducting research within a context of interdisciplinarity; experience applying for and managing grant funding; and experience successfully developing community-academic collaborations (particularly with Indigenous communities).

PhD in Anthropology with a specialization in cultural anthropology at time of appointment required. Experience teaching undergraduate and graduate courses is also required. Expertise in circumpolar/northern environments and topics, preferably food systems and practices. Preference given to applicants with broad theoretical knowledge of the discipline and subdiscipline, successful teaching experience, established record of research and grants management, established record of collaboration with northern communities, and regional and topical specialization that complements the department’s strengths.

Knowledge, skills, and abilities sought are strong interpersonal and communication skills; the ability to teach a variety of courses in anthropology and cultural anthropology using diverse formats and platforms including in-person, hybrid, remote, and team-teaching; and the ability to develop interdisciplinary collaborations and mutually beneficial community-academic partnerships.

Founded in 1917, the University of Alaska Fairbanks is the flagship campus of the University of Alaska System with a diverse student body and desirable faculty-student ratios, and is a Land Grant, Sea Grant, and Space Grant institution. UAF has an RU/H Carnegie classification (Doctoral/Research Universities-Intensive), and is ranked by Academic Analytics among the top 20 small research universities in the US. UAF is situated in a beautiful rural northern setting and is accredited by the Northwest Commission of Colleges and Universities 

Effective immediately, all new UAF hires, whose job function or work location results in the employee being subject to the UAF vaccine requirements guided by the Federal Contractor Employee vaccine mandate*, must be fully vaccinated with an FDA- or WHO- authorized or approved COVID-19 vaccine or have obtained a university-approved disability/medical or religious exemption no later than six weeks from the new hire's start date.

*Employees based on UAF’s Troth Yeddha’ (Fairbanks) campus, regardless of university affiliation and remote work status; Employees based in UAF research units outside Fairbanks (including Seward Marine Center, Kodiak Seafood and Marine Science Center, HAARP, Poker Flat, Lena Point, and Toolik Field Station); and Employees, regardless of their work location, paid by or directly working on impacted UAF federal contract.

To ensure consideration, please apply prior to 11:55 PM Alaska Standard Time, Sunday, April 24, 2022. An internal review will begin Monday, April 25, 2022.

Please submit:

  1. Cover Letter

  2. Curriculum Vitae

  3. Graduate Transcripts (may be unofficial)

  4. Names of three professional references with phone and email contact information

  5. Philosophy of teaching and/or research


Union Representation:

This position is represented by United Academics-AAUP/AFT (UNAC).

Reasonable Accommodation Statement:

The University of Alaska (UA) is responsible for providing reasonable accommodations to individuals with disabilities throughout the applicant screening process. If you need assistance in completing this application or during any phase of the interview process, please contact UA Human Resources by phone at 907-450-8200.

Affirmative Action Statement:

UA is an AA/EO employer and educational institution and prohibits illegal discrimination against any individual:

Background Check:

The successful applicant is required to complete a background check. Any offer of employment is contingent on the background check.

Public Disclosure Statement:

Your application for employment with the University of Alaska is subject to public disclosure under the Alaska Public Records Act.

University of Alaska is a Drug-Free Workplace.

University of Alaska campuses are Tobacco-Free.

Training Policy:

It is the policy of the University of Alaska (UA) that all employees are required to complete training to meet the requirements of the positions they hold, and to complete the required training within a specified period to remain employed at the UA.

Contact Information:

If you have any questions regarding this position, please contact University of Alaska HR at 907-450-8200.


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