Assistant Professor of Social-Cultural Anthropology
McMaster University, Department of Anthropology

The Department of Anthropology in the Faculty of Social Sciences at McMaster University invites applications for a tenure-track appointment at the level of Assistant Professor. The anticipated start date is July 1, 2020.  

We are looking for candidates with a focus on displacement, dispossession and migration, with interests in borders, race, refugees, and/or carcerality. The geographical area of specialization is open, although preference will be given to candidates with areas of focus that complement current faculty strengths. Research intersections with art, religion and/or health would be welcomed. We expect the person who fills this position to have demonstrated an emerging record of research accomplishments. Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.

The successful candidate will hold a PhD in Anthropology or a related discipline at the time of appointment, and should have a demonstrated record of teaching excellence at the undergraduate level.  They will also demonstrate strong potential for outstanding teaching contributions at both the undergraduate and graduate levels, and an ongoing commitment to academic and pedagogical excellence in support of the department’s programs.  At the undergraduate level, the appointee will be expected to teach introductory as well as more advanced courses in an area of their expertise.  At the graduate level, the appointee will teach courses and supervise students as their contribution to the Masters and PhD programs in Anthropology.  The person who fills this position is expected to contribute to the department’s supportive and collegial working environment, and to make substantive contributions through service to the department, the Faculty of Social Sciences, the University, and/or the broader community. 

McMaster University consistently ranks among the top 5 research intensive universities in Canada and among the top 100 universities worldwide.  It has a strong focus on community-based research and experiential learning that complements classroom studies with hands-on experience.  The Department of Anthropology provides a strong, supportive and collaborative research culture, building the research capacity of faculty and graduate students.  

How to apply:

Applicants should submit the following documents electronically as PDFs through to the attention of Dr. Tina Moffat, Chair, Department of Anthropology, McMaster University, 1280 Main Street West, Hamilton, Ontario, L8S 4K1:

  • Cover letter
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Statement of research
  • Teaching dossier

Academic reference letters are not required at the time of application, but applicants should provide the names of three referees who may be subsequently contacted.

The Department will begin reviewing applications on November 1, 2019. The position will remain open until it is filled.  All applicants will receive an on-line confirmation of receipt of their application; however, only short-listed applicants will be contacted for interviews.

McMaster University is located on the traditional territories of the Haudenosaunee and Mississauga Nations and within the lands protected by the “Dish With One Spoon” wampum agreement. 

The diversity of our community and our workforce is integral to and at the core of our innovation and creativity and strengthens our research, teaching and service excellence, as well as our broader learning environment. To achieve this vision for inclusive excellence, McMaster is committed to principles of equity and inclusion. McMaster invites applications from all qualified candidates and particularly welcomes applications from self-identified Indigenous (First Nations, Métis and Inuit) peoples, members of racialized communities (“visible minorities”), persons with disabilities, women and LGBTQ+ persons of marginalized sexual orientation and gender identities.

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadian citizens and permanent residents will be given priority.  To comply with the Government of Canada’s reporting requirements, the University is obliged to gather information about applicants’ status as either Permanent Residents of Canada or Canadian citizens. Applicants need not identify their country of origin or current citizenship; however, all applications must include one of the following statements: 

Yes, I am a citizen or permanent resident of Canada
No, I am not a citizen or permanent resident of Canada.

Job applicants requiring accommodation to participate in the hiring process should contact the Human Resources Service Centre at 905-525-9140 ext. 222-HR (22247) to communicate accommodation needs.  


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