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Assistant Professor of Cultural Anthropology
Colorado State University

Date Posted Oct. 6, 2022
Title Assistant Professor of Cultural Anthropology
University Colorado State University
Fort Collins, CO, United States
Department Anthropology and Geography
Application Deadline November 4, 2022 for full consideration
Position Start Date Aug. 1, 2023
  • Assistant Professor
  • Human Ecology
    Gender Studies
    Environmental Policy
    Social Sciences - General


The Department of Anthropology and Geography at Colorado State University invites applications for the position of Assistant Professor of Cultural Anthropology to begin August 16th, 2023. The successful candidate's research and teaching will be focused on environmental anthropology, with a preference for research conducted in the Americas. The candidate must demonstrate strong research methods experience and be ready to teach introductory courses in anthropology as well as specialized courses in research methods and in areas of topical interest. The candidate will also ideally be prepared to lead a summer cultural anthropological field school.

Required Qualifications
  • PhD in anthropology or equivalent at the time of appointment (Aug. 16th, 2023).
  • Research and teaching focus on environmental anthropology.
  • The potential for a promising record in scholarship/research.
  • The ability to teach a broad range of courses from the introductory undergraduate to the graduate level.
  • In their research and teaching, candidates should show ways that their approach to ethnography incorporates structured and systematic methodological approaches. These could include but are not limited to: social network analysis, visual anthropology, community-based participatory research, spatial methods, post-colonial methods, feminist methodologies, archival or historical inquiry, field experiments, ethnographic writing, specialized interview techniques, field-based questionnaires, and biocultural methods.

Preferred Qualifications
  • Research focus on the Americas.
  • Research focus on one or more of the following: environmental changes, disruptions, or disasters; environmental social movements; human-nonhuman relations; human migration or displacement and the environment; land stewardship and conservation; local-global cultural and environmental flows; natural resource conflicts; Native/Indigenous communities; social inequality and the environment; sustainable economies and the environment; political ecology and/or environmental justice.
  • Research focus on public and applied anthropology.
  • The ability to actively include undergraduates and graduates in candidate's research program. Applicants should bring creative ideas about how undergraduate and graduate students' methodological training might unfold, ideally in an ethnographic field school setting tied to the candidate's own research.
  • A well-articulated approach to mentoring undergraduate and graduate students and commitment to excellence in teaching and diversity and inclusion.


The successful candidate will be expected to teach four courses per year, including undergraduate and graduate courses; mentor students; and have an active research agenda. Applicants must be able to teach part of the existing curriculum in anthropology as well as develop new course content based on their research specialty. In addition to undergraduate and graduate-level teaching, the successful candidate will be expected to mentor undergraduate and graduate students in research methods useful to anthropologists. The quality and effectiveness of the candidate's research will be judged by their published record and the development of a fundable research program, relative to the particulars of the research/teaching/service effort distribution. The position also has a service component and participation in departmental, college, and university governance is expected. Candidates who can enhance the Department's commitment to diversity and inclusion are strongly encouraged to apply.

Salary and rank will be commensurate with experience.

Application Procedures and Deadlines

Please upload a letter that addresses research and teaching interests pertinent to the full job description, curriculum vitae, and a list of three references and their contact information. Letters should be addressed to: Anthropology Search Chair, Colorado State University, Department of Anthropology, 1787 Campus Delivery, Fort Collins, CO 80523-1787. Routine inquiries should also be directed to Jeff Snodgrass at Application materials of semifinalist candidates, including letters of reference, will be made available for review by the entire faculty of the Department of Anthropology. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled; however, for full consideration, applications should arrive via email by November 4th, 2022. Candidates who can enhance the Department's commitment to diversity and inclusion are strongly encouraged to apply. CSU is an EO/EA/AA employer. Colorado State University conducts background checks on all final candidates.

General Information

Colorado State University (33,198 students) is located in Fort Collins, a growing community of close to 144,000 at the base of the Rocky Mountain Front Range, 65 miles north of Denver. The area is noted for its natural beauty and cultural and recreational activities.

Colorado State University is a Research I comprehensive land-grant university. The Anthropology and Geography Department has a tenure-track faculty of 17, ~250 undergraduate majors, and around 60 graduate students. Our undergraduates are able to concentrate in one of the three existing subdisciplines of anthropology as well as geography. We have four thematic specializations for graduate work, Humans and the Environment, Human Health and Well-Being, Professional Methods and Techniques, and International Development.

  • Colorado State University does not discriminate on the basis of race, age, color, religion, national origin or ancestry, sex, gender, disability, veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, or gender identity or expression. Colorado State University is an equal opportunity/equal access/affirmative action employer fully committed to achieving a diverse workforce and complies with all Federal and Colorado State laws, regulations, and executive orders regarding non-discrimination and affirmative action. The Office of Equal Opportunity is located in 101 Student Services.

    Colorado State University is committed to providing a safe and productive learning and living community. To achieve that goal, we conduct background investigations for all final candidates being considered for employment. Background checks may include, but are not limited to, criminal history, national sex offender search and motor vehicle history.

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Contact Information

  • Jeff Snodgrass
    Anthropology and Geography
    Colorado State University
    Campus Delivery 1787
    Colorado State University
    Fort Collins, CO 80523
  • (970) 491-5894


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