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Department of Anthropology

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an•thro•pol•o•gy: the broadly-based study of humankind that draws its methods from both the sciences and humanities and includes the fields of cultural anthropology, archaeology, biological anthropology, and linguistics.

Vanderbilt's Department of Anthropology emphasizes these subdisciplines to achieve a better understanding of the world, past and present. The members of the faculty are internationally prominent for their research and publications on the New World, especially Mesoamerica, the Andes, and Amazonia. The department maintains research interests and active field programs in Mexico, Guatemala, El Salvador, Brazil, Bolivia, Columbia, Peru, Argentina, and Chile. Members of the department and its students participate in the activities of the Center for Latin American Studies and the Robert Penn Warren Center for the Humanities. These affiliations enhance and enrich undergraduate and graduate teaching of anthropology at Vanderbilt. 


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The Anthropology Department at Vanderbilt University invites applications for a tenure-track assistant professor in biological anthropology, beginning fall semester 2016. Applicants should have extensive experience in one of the subfields of biological anthropology (excluding paleoanthropology and primatology), with a preference for epigenetics and/or genetics.

The ideal candidate will have research and teaching specialties that include the biology of inequality and health disparities, and a research focus in Latin America or among Latino, immigrant, indigenous, or minority communities in the Americas. The scholarly agenda should be conducive to collaborative work across subfields and disciplines, and research and teaching in cooperation with Vanderbilt’s Program in Medicine, Health, and Society and the Vanderbilt Genetics Institute. Ph.D. required by time of appointment.

Teaching responsibilities include four courses per year, with undergraduate and graduate classes in the applicant’s specialty areas as well as general bioanthropology. Application deadline is October 15, 2015. We intend to interview candidates at the AAA meetings in Denver.  Vanderbilt University is committed to recruiting and retaining an academically and culturally diverse community of exceptional faculty. Vanderbilt is an AA/EO employer and particularly encourages applications from minorities, women, and members of other underrepresented groups. Please email cover letter, c.v., evidence of teaching effectiveness, if available, and names and email addresses of three references to Tiffiny Tung, Search Committee Chair, in care of:, with subject line: ATTN: Tung, Bioanthropology Faculty Search.

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