Wiki page for Academic Jobs in Anthropology advertised during the 2020-2021 hiring season.


Why is there one page this year for all subfields?  This is going to make things very confusing and clustered.  Can pages please be split into seperate sites for each subfield as they have always been in years past?

Please add jobs in the following format and order them alphabetically by institution.

  1. Example University (State/Province, Country). Position Title. Specializations. Deadline. TT/NT. FT/PT. Link to Job ad(s). Updates: 

TT/NT: Tenure-track or Non-tenure track.

FT/PT: Full-Time or Part-Time

For the sake of user-friendliness, please do not add more detailed content of the job ad on this page. (This is a departure from previous years, when these pages tended to become difficult to navigate. The new guidelines are modeled on more user-friendly Academic Wiki pages serving other disciplines.)

Add updates to the end of each entry as they come in: Additional materials requested, video interview scheduled, campus visit scheduled, offer extended, offer accepted, rejection received.

Please post "Have you heard?" questions above, under Word on the Street.

Please contribute to transparency in the academy by adding yourself and your advisors to the Academic Tree project.

See also Humanities and Social Sciences Postdocs 2020-2021 .

Jobs with 2020 Application Deadlines

Appalachian State University - TT Associate/Full Professor - Chair of Anthropology - Deadline 21 Dec 2020

The Department of Anthropology at Appalachian State University invites applications for the position of Department Chair at the rank of Professor (advanced Associate Professors may be considered).

This is a tenure-track 9 month position with twelve month duties, appointment to begin July 1, 2021. Candidates must have a PhD in Anthropology. Anthropologists from any subfield are welcome to apply.

We seek an individual with a leadership philosophy oriented toward building consensus and fostering collaborative and equitable relations. The successful candidate will provide evidence of administrative experience and skill; provide evidence of fostering collaborative relations and partnerships within and beyond the university; maintain an active research program in Anthropology; and demonstrate strengths in undergraduate teaching. We value candidates interested in working with us to nurture a vibrant undergraduate anthropology curriculum and community that fosters hope and prepares students to face the future. Successful candidates will have a demonstrated commitment to promoting and enhancing diversity and inclusion.

The Department of Anthropology is a four-field undergraduate program with 13 tenure lines and more than 150 majors. Our faculty excel in scholarship and teaching, carrying a 12 hour load with 3 hours of reassign time for those with an active research agenda, and considerable service commitments within and beyond the institution. Our current faculty expertise, research clusters, facilities, curriculum, and field school programs are described on our website, click here. Appalachian State University, in North Carolina’s Blue Ridge Mountains, prepares students to lead purposeful lives as global citizens who understand and engage their responsibilities in creating a sustainable future for all. The transformational Appalachian experience promotes a spirit of inclusion that brings people together in inspiring ways to acquire and create knowledge, to grow holistically, to act with passion and determination, and embrace diversity and difference. As one of 17 campuses in the University of North Carolina system, Appalachian enrolls about 19,000 students, has a low student-to-faculty ratio and offers more than 150 undergraduate and graduate majors.

The department has an appointed chair with the general responsibility for guiding the department toward selected goals. It is the specific responsibility of the chair to:

  • Participate in the development of University policies and be responsible for their communication and implementation at the department level;
  • Communicate the needs of the department (personnel, space, fiscal) to the appropriate administrative units;
  • Serve as an advocate for the department and represent the department in the University, the community, to appropriate external agencies, and at meetings of learned and professional societies;
  • Provide leadership in the recruitment and appointment of faculty members;
  • Arrange effective and equitable distribution of faculty responsibilities, including: (i) teaching duties and committee assignments within the department; (ii) evaluate and counsel with all departmental faculty members concerning the performance of their duties;
  • Encourage and support good teaching, scholarly activity, and professional development within the department;
  • Initiate, in consultation with the appropriate faculty committee recommendations for appointment, reappointment, promotion, tenure, and dismissal in accordance with the University and college policy;
  • Endeavor to maintain faculty morale by reducing, resolving, or preventing conflicts;
  • Make salary recommendations in accordance with University and college guidelines;
  • Organize and coordinate the departmental faculty and staff in developing, implementing and evaluating short and long-range departmental goals, objectives, standards, and programs;
  • Work with the faculty to develop standards, curricula, and procedures, which provide adequate preparation of graduates for professional or further academic endeavor;
  • Provide for appropriate advisement of students majoring in the department;
  • Provide leadership in supporting equality of opportunity and the protections available to members of the University community under all applicable laws;
  • Manage the departmental resources, including the budget, in accordance with college and University guidelines;
  • Participate in planning capital improvements and maintenance of physical facilities;
  • Endeavor to secure and maintain adequate supplies, materials, and equipment for the department;
  • Supervise the departmental support staff; and
  • Lead full departmental meetings (with the exception of PTC meetings) and ensure that formal agendas be sent out ahead of time and that minutes be approved at the next departmental meeting.

As a part of the COVID-19 response, Appalachian State University is employing flexible teaching formats to address academic needs and to comply with local, state and federal public health regulations or orders. Your deans retain the discretion to assign or reassign you to teach in either online or in-person formats during or after the COVID-19 pandemic, as necessary.

A complete application consists of:

(1) Letter of application;

(2) Statement on leadership philosophy;

(3) Statement on diversity and inclusion;

(4) Current C.V.;

(5) Names, addresses, and phone numbers of three references.

Contact Diane Mines, Search Committee Chair at with questions.

Review of applications will begin on December 21, and applications will continue to be reviewed util the position is filled. Salary is competitive and commensurate with qualifications and experience. Please note this position is based on enrollment and subject to available funding.

Appalachian State University is an equal employment opportunity employer. The University does not discriminate in access to its educational programs and activities, or with respect to hiring or the terms and conditions of employment, on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, gender identity and expression, political affiliation, age, disability, veteran status, genetic information or sexual orientation. Individuals with disabilities may request accommodations in the application process by contacting Maranda Maxey, ADA/504 Coordinator, at 828-262-3056 or [[1]]

We at Appalachian State University are committed to diversity, equity, and inclusive excellence both locally and globally. Inclusive Excellence is the intrinsic value that a diverse population adds to the learning, teaching, and decision-making processes of an institution.

We understand that the successful implementation of diversity, equity, and inclusive excellence is the responsibility of the entire university community, including alumni and official university governing bodies. A diverse campus community supports an influx of broad and distinct ideas that increase learning opportunities and strengthen the impact of our community as we work collectively to achieve a just experience for all.

We actively encourage, support, and promote a global mindset and an equitable environment where all will know that they belong and are safe to express their culture, identity, values, ideas, opinions, and creativity. We are committed to creating a culture of equity opportunity for all, one that has an expectation of fairness, justice, and equity-minded practice at all levels of the university community.

Bowdoin College (ME) - Assistant Professor of Anthropology (Tenure-Track) Deadline: Sept. 12, 2020

The Department of Anthropology at Bowdoin College invites applications for a tenure-track position in anthropological archaeology at the rank of Assistant Professor to begin July 1, 2021. We seek candidates whose research and teaching focus on historic or prehistoric archaeology.

We are particularly interested in candidates who focus on topics such as colonialism; transnational cultural encounters; circulation of people and goods; alliances, conflicts, and violence; identities and inequalities; and/or material culture, cultural heritage, and ethics. We seek a colleague who will collaborate with us in a program that integrates the subdisciplines of cultural anthropology and anthropological archaeology. We also encourage applications from candidates whose teaching incorporates decolonizing, experiential, issue-based, and/or digital and computational pedagogies.

The ideal candidate will have a geographic specialization in the Americas (North, Central, or South America) or the Arctic-North Atlantic region. We also will consider those candidates whose topical specializations align with the specific areas of interest listed above but whose geographic expertise lies in another region of the world.

Bowdoin is a community that warmly welcomes people of all backgrounds. We encourage applications from candidates committed to the instruction and support of a diverse student population and from those who will enrich and contribute to the College’s multifaceted diversity. In your application materials, please address how your teaching, scholarship, and/or mentoring would support our commitment to diversity and inclusion.

Bowdoin requires a strong commitment to research and a promise of long-term successful scholarly engagement as well as a dedication to teaching excellence in a liberal arts environment. The College offers opportunities for professional development, a fully-funded, year-long junior sabbatical leave (after three years of teaching and successful reappointment), and regular, generously funded, post-tenure sabbaticals. The teaching load is two courses per semester. The successful candidates will teach courses in their areas of expertise and will contribute to the rotation of core courses for the major in Anthropology (including Introduction to World Prehistory). A Ph.D. in Anthropology is expected by date of appointment.

We recognize that recruiting and retaining faculty may involve considerations of spouses and domestic partners. To that end, where possible, the College will attempt to accommodate and respond creatively to the needs of partners and spouses of members of the faculty.

Bowdoin College accepts only electronic submissions. Please visit to submit: 1) a cover letter that details your scholarly research agenda, describes your teaching experience, and explains your potential contribution to a diverse and inclusive learning environment; 2) a curriculum vitae; 3) one article- or chapter-length writing sample (approximately 8000 words); 4) the names and contact information for three references who have agreed to provide letters of recommendation. Candidates should indicate how their research and teaching specializations contribute to the areas under which the search is organized.

Review of applications will begin September 12, 2020. We expect to conduct this search remotely in consideration of the health and safety of candidates and the Bowdoin community.

Founded in 1794 on the Maine coast, Bowdoin is one of the oldest and most selective coeducational, residential liberal arts colleges in the country. Located in Brunswick, a 30-minute drive north of Portland, the College is in an area rich with natural beauty and year-round outdoor activities. Bowdoin’s reputation rests on the excellence of its faculty and students, intimate size, strong sense of community, and commitment to diversity (32.7% students of color, 6% international students and approximately 15% first generation college students). Bowdoin College complies with applicable provisions of federal and state laws that prohibit unlawful discrimination in employment, admission, or access to its educational or extracurricular programs, activities, or facilities based on race, color, ethnicity, ancestry and national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, age, marital status, place of birth, genetic predisposition, veteran status, or against qualified individuals with physical or mental disabilities on the basis of disability, or any other legally protected statuses. For further information about the College and our department, please visit our website:

North Carolina State University - Assistant Professor of Anthropology (Medical) (Tenure-Track) Review begins October 10, no deadline set.

North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC. The Department of Sociology and Anthropology is accepting applications for an assistant professor (tenure-track) appointment as a cultural anthropologist with a focus on medical anthropology to begin Fall 2021. Qualifications: Ph.D. in Anthropology by start date (anticipated 8/16/2021); strong record or promise of research and publication, including potential for obtaining extramural funding; strong commitment to student mentorship. Teaching load is two courses per semester for research active faculty. Candidates should be prepared to teach undergraduate and graduate courses. While specific research topic is open, geographic area of specialization must lie outside Latin America and candidates should have a strong background in ethnographic research. Priority will be given to candidates who can teach qualitative research methods, anthropological theory, and whose research complements existing program strengths by speaking to topics such as health disparities, environmental and occupational risk, physical trauma, as well as transnational aspects of illness and healthcare. The Anthropology program at NCSU values a holistic approach, and candidates with the ability to reach across sub-disciplinary boundaries are especially welcome.  Formal screening of applications will begin October 10, and will continue until the position is filled.

All applicants must apply online by going to 

All applicants should submit a vita and a cover letter. The vita should include the names of three references and their email addresses. The cover letter should describe qualifications, research agenda, and teaching interests and philosophy. Applicants may be contacted for additional materials such as writing samples and evidence of effective teaching.

NC State University is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, gender identity, age, sexual orientation, genetic information, status as an individual with a disability, or status as a protected veteran. If you have general questions about the application process, you may contact Human Resources at (919) 515-2135 or Individuals with disabilities requiring disability-related accommodations in the application and interview process, please call 919-515-3148.

  • Has anyone got any updates?
    • An initial round of interviews for 8 long-listed candidates took place last week (week of October 26)

Vermont Folklife Center  (Director of Education)

Job Title: Director of Education

Reports To: Executive Director

Position: Full-time (40 hours/week)

Compensation: $60,000 salary, with health insurance and TIAA retirement plan with employer match.


The Vermont Folklife Center (VFC), founded in 1984, is a nationally recognized cultural research and education organization that uses ethnography to gain a deeper understanding of Vermont’s diverse communities and to strengthen connections between them. VFC serves Vermonters across the state through four major programs: Archive, Education, Traditional Arts Apprenticeship, Vision and Voice Exhibition. All four programs are grounded in collaborative ethnographic research and documentation with cultural communities in Vermont. VFC builds programs around community grassroots concerns and our partners’ expertise. This method highlights the dignity, insight and potential of all Vermonters in the hopes of contributing to a more equitable, tolerant and inclusive society.


The Director of Education is an integral member of the VFC staff whose primary responsibility is to administer VFC’s robust, statewide education programming. The aim of VFC’s education program is to create pathways for Vermonters to see, participate in, and comprehend the transformative power of ethnography as a method for education and social change. The Director of Education will organize and direct programs that teach ethnographic methods and concepts, and provide training and support to Vermonters seeking to undertake their own community-defined, cultural initiatives.

VFC’s Education program plays a central role in supporting the mission and vision of VFC, providing opportunities for dialogue and collaboration between VFC staff, students, educators, families and local communities throughout Vermont. Through this position, VFC seeks to build connections across divides, promote equity, and foster empathy and mutual respect.

A strong candidate for this position is a trained and experienced ethnographer committed to community-based research and education initiatives. While knowledge of traditional arts is an asset, this position particularly seeks a candidate with a strong vision for how ethnography can be transformative for learning and engagement in multiple educational contexts. Accordingly, it encompasses the following duties and responsibilities.


  • Conduct ethnography and digital media workshops for students and instructors in K-12 and higher education settings.
  • Coordinate Summer Institute (1-2 week ethnographic field school).
  • Hold workshops for the general public.


  • Offer fee-for-service consultancies for schools, school districts, community groups, businesses, nonprofits.
  • Provide ad hoc advising/support for educators and other participants in Summer Institute.
  • Carry out original ethnographic fieldwork in Vermont (in coordination with VFC’s research priorities).


  • Develop lessons, curricula, learning guides for educators and students.
  • Create examples of ethnographic media (audio/podcast, physical and online exhibitions, text, video).
  • Curate and share archival materials.


  • Build and sustain communities of practice among educators, students, folklorists, ethnographers, artists, and media specialists.
  • Maintain existing, and build new, collaborative working partnerships with like-minded organizations and entities.


  • Supervise one part-time education staff.
  • Participate in long-range program planning and budgeting.
  • Write grants for education programming/operations and statewide ethnographic fieldwork.
  • Promote education programming and education-related web content.
  • Coordinate Internship program.
  • Collaborate with VFC staff on other projects and programs, as needed.
  • Represent VFC in the local, state, regional community and maintain working relationships with relevant regional and national professional associations.


PhD awarded by May 2020 or earlier in folklore studies, ethnomusicology, anthropology, or applied anthropology preferred. MA in folklore or ethnomusicology and minimum 7 years professional experience in public folklore or applied ethnomusicology also considered.

  • Professional experience in higher education and/or K-12 education.
  • Demonstrated experience in program or project management.
  • Competency with digital media documentation technology (audio, still image and/or video).
  • Grant writing experience.
  • Must have valid and current driver’s license, insurance, and reliable transportation.

Essential Skills:

  • Demonstrated ability to conduct fieldwork-based ethnographic research projects.
  • Ability to communicate complex concepts concisely and effectively to a broad range of individuals, organizations and non-specialist audiences.
  • Demonstrated ability to produce ethnographic texts (e.g. audio, photography, video, visual art, writing).
  • Demonstrated experience in program/project management.
  • Demonstrated ability as an engaging and effective educator.
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills.
  • Competency in digital media editing, computer operating systems and website content management systems.
  • Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively and participate in consensus-based decision making.
  • Capacity to take initiative and work independently.
  • Demonstrated productivity and creativity.
  • Competency in meeting diversity, equity, inclusion and access goals in programming and administrative processes.

Physical Demands:

  • While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk, hear, see, walk, sit for extended periods, travel, and occasionally stand, use hands to feel and hold, and reach with hands and arms.
  • The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds.
  • Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision and ability to adjust focus.
  • The ability to drive an automobile during the day and night is critical. The work environment is varied and may take place in a wide range of venues. (The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.)


  • Cover letter (350-500 words)
  • Resume or CV (4 pages maximum)
  • Ethnographic writing sample or excerpt (15 pages maximum)
  • Names and contact information for three references

Please submit all requested materials in PDF format to by Wednesday, July 15, 2020. Please include “Director of Education Position Application” in the subject line.
We are an equal opportunity employer. All applicants will be considered for employment without attention to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran or disability status.


Jobs with 2021 Application Deadlines

Loyola University Chicago (IL, USA) Position Title: Assistant Professor of Anthropology. Archaeologist of structural inequality, North America. Jan 4th, 2021. TT.

The Department of Anthropology in the College of Arts and Sciences at Loyola University Chicago (LUC) invites applications for a full-time tenure-track position at the rank of Assistant Professor, for academic year 2021-22. The department seeks candidates who undertake North American-based archaeological research into material cultures of inequality, with a special focus on race. We are especially interested in emergent archaeologists whose research addresses structural inequality, segregated landscapes, or settler colonialism. Applicants should describe how their research advances goals of community-based collaboration, equity, and justice, as well as how their work could contribute to interdepartmental programs. The successful candidate will be joining a department with eight full-time faculty members, and over 140 majors and minors. For more information about the department, please visit

This search is part of a University-wide, multi-year hiring initiative designed to hire outstanding researchers and teachers who are reflective of our diverse student body and committed to interdisciplinarity (i.e., working with colleagues across different subfields and disciplines) and the pursuit of external grants. Of special interest are candidates who can further the University’s efforts to foster diversity, equity, and inclusion.

We seek candidates with an excellent record of teaching and research and a deep commitment to undergraduate education. Candidates will be expected to teach two courses per semester, contribute to and develop interdisciplinary initiatives that enhance collaboration between Life and Medical Sciences, Social Sciences, and the Humanities, and serve on Departmental committees. The successful candidate is expected to pursue a strong research program, including the pursuit of external grants.

The candidate will have a Ph.D. in hand at the time of appointment. Candidates for the position must clearly demonstrate the potential for excellence in research and teaching and have a record of (or clear potential for) distinguished scholarship, grant-funded research, and student mentorship. The candidate should be willing to support the mission of LUC and the goals of a Jesuit Catholic Education.


Word on the Street

The Swarthmore job wasn't posted here, but I wonder if anyone has heard back yet? Posting here:

I was rejected by Swarthmore's Environmental Humanities position on 11/8.

- Likewise, I was hoping to have been notified for a first round interview by now, but nothing. It feels too far gone at this point, but I don't have anything concrete so I also wonder if anyone else has heard anything? (10/13)

- Swarthmore rejection letters were sent out Thursday (10/15)

- I sent materials to Swarthmore after the deadline but haven't received a rejection letter. Any chance they might be considering me?

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