San José State University

San José, California


Subject to Budgetary Approval

Specialization: Applied/Cultural Anthropology Job Opening ID (JOID): 24642
Rank: Assistant Professor


Applicants must have completed a PhD in anthropology or a closely related field before the position begins. The position requires an applied/cultural anthropologist able to use anthropology to address “real-world” problems in and between organizations, communities, and networks, and to actively participate in interdisciplinary collaborations. Applicants should have the ability to develop practice-oriented projects at local and global levels of organization that involve students. Teaching excellence and demonstrated scholarship potential is essential and applicants should be able to teach and coordinate general education courses, upper-division anthropology courses, and graduate courses. Applicants should also be able to contribute to an applied anthropology M.A. program. Applicants should demonstrate awareness of and sensitivity to the educational goals of a multicultural population as might have been gained in cross-cultural study, training, teaching and other comparable experience.


Responsibilities include teaching and developing appropriate undergraduate and graduate courses, including general education courses; developing local field projects that complement pedagogy and that involve undergraduate and graduate students; advising undergraduate students in anthropology, behavioral science, and organizational studies; supervising graduate students; maintaining an active research program that contributes to the generation of knowledge, as manifested in scholarly publications; and participating in departmental, college, and university committees. Candidate must address the needs of a student population of great diversity – in age, cultural background, ethnicity, primary language and academic preparation – through course materials, teaching strategies and advisement.

Salary Range: Commensurate with qualifications and experience.
Starting Date: August, 2019
Eligibility: Employment is contingent upon proof of eligibility to work in the United States.

Application Procedure:

For full consideration, send a letter of application, curriculum vitae, statement of teaching interests/ philosophy, research plans, and at least three original letters of reference with contact information by October 15, 2018 through Interfolio at

For questions, please contact:

Jan English-Lueck, Acting Chair Department of Anthropology San Jose State University
One Washington Square

San Jose, CA 95192-0113
email: [email protected] main line: 408.924.5710

Please include Job Opening ID (JOID) on all correspondence.

San José State University is California’s oldest institution of public higher learning. This position is an excellent opportunity for scholars interested in a career at an institution that is a national leader in graduating URM students. SJSU has achieved both HSI (Hispanic Serving Institution) and AANAPISI (Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander Serving Institution); 40% of our student population are first-generation and 38% are Pell-qualified. As a result, we rank #4 nationally in increasing student upward mobility. The campus is located on the southern end of San Francisco Bay in downtown San José (Pop. 1,000,000), hub of the world-famous Silicon Valley high-technology research and development center. Many of California’s most popular national, recreational, and cultural attractions are conveniently close. A member of the 23-campus CSU system, San José State University enrolls approximately 30,000 students, a significant percentage of whom are members of minority groups. The University is committed to increasing the diversity of its faculty so our disciplines, students and the community can benefit from multiple ethnic and gender perspectives.

San José State University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. We consider qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, age, gender, gender identity/expression, sexual orientation, genetic information, medical condition, marital status, veteran status, or disability. This policy applies to all San José State University students, faculty, and staff as well as University programs and activities. Reasonable accommodations are made for applicants with disabilities who self-disclose. Note that all San José State University employees are considered mandated reporters under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and are required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083 as a condition of employment.

A background check (including a criminal records check) must be completed satisfactorily before any candidate can be offered a position with the CSU. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may affect the application status of applicants or continued employment of current CSU employees who apply for the position.

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