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Position Detail - Assistant Professor of Anthropology

Assistant Professor of Anthropology

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Work type: Faculty Full-time
Location: South Hadley, MA
Categories: Faculty

The Mount Holyoke College Department of Sociology and Anthropology invites applications for a tenure-track assistant professorship in cultural anthropology with a specialization in medical anthropology. The contract for this position will start July 1, 2024. We seek candidates who engage with critical perspectives on human health, illness, and healing related to social equality, justice, and power. We especially welcome applicants who do ethnographically grounded work in regions not already covered by those in the department, including (but not limited to) sub-Saharan Africa, South and Southeast Asia, and minority and Indigenous communities of the Americas.

A Ph.D. in Anthropology or related fields is required to be completed or anticipated by Fall 2024. The successful candidate should be able to teach the Anthropology program’s required introductory course and should demonstrate excellence at teaching and mentoring students who are broadly diverse with regard to gender, race, ethnicity, nationality, sexual orientation, and religion.

Mount Holyoke supports faculty scholarship through research funds, travel support, sabbaticals, and a 2-2 teaching load. The college also invests in faculty across the career span, with resources including a comprehensive faculty mentoring program, a teaching and learning initiative, and a generous retirement plan. 

Please submit a letter of application, a CV, an article-length writing sample, a teaching philosophy statement, a research statement, a statement on mentoring a diverse student body, and contact information for three referees. Applications must be received by October 16, 2023. Preliminary interviews will be conducted online or at the AAA meetings in Toronto, with on-campus visits expected in January-February 2024. For more information, please contact Elif Babul at

Mount Holyoke is an undergraduate liberal arts college with 2,200 students and 220 faculty. Over half the faculty are women; one-fourth are persons of color. Mount Holyoke College is located about 90 miles west of Boston in the Connecticut River valley, and is a member of the Five College Consortium consisting of Amherst, Hampshire, Mount Holyoke, and Smith Colleges and the University of Massachusetts.

Mount Holyoke College is a women’s college that is gender diverse. The College is committed to providing equal access and opportunity in employment and education to all employees and students. In compliance with state and federal law, Mount Holyoke College does not discriminate on the basis of race, ethnicity, color, genetic information, sex, national or ethnic origin, religion, age, physical or mental disability, marital status, sexual orientation, pregnancy, gender identity or expression, ancestry, veteran or military status, or any other legally protected status under federal, state or local law. The College does not discriminate on the basis of gender in the recruitment and admission of students to its graduate program.

All offers of employment are contingent upon the finalist successfully passing a background (including criminal records) check.

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