Anthropology - Assistant Professor

McMaster University

Location: Ontario
Date posted: 2013-01-02

Department of Anthropology
McMaster University

The Department of Anthropology at McMaster University invites applications for a teaching-stream position at the assistant professor level. We are looking for an enthusiastic and active individual deeply committed to a long-term career in undergraduate education and teaching. While course assignments remain at the direction and discretion of the department, we expect the successful candidate to teach 18 units (6 courses) to be distributed as follows: 12 units at the 1st-year-level, 3 units at the 3rd-year-level, and 3 units to be determined in accordance with the successful candidate's expertise. We also expect the successful individual to be involved in other aspects of the department, including running undergraduate workshops on professional development and writing, training Teaching Assistants, and other activities related to the undergraduate program. The successful candidate is also expected to work closely with McMaster's Centre for Leadership in Learning to assist in the development of innovative pedagogical technologies and models. The Department is proud of its long history of collegiality, and we hope to fill the advertised position with an individual interested in working with all faculty members.

We are seeking candidates with broad training in Anthropology and a vision of the discipline as a whole. The Department of Anthropology at McMaster University enjoys strong foci in physical anthropology, sociocultural anthropology, archaeology, and the anthropology of health, but our teaching program emphasizes six thematic themes that integrate and cross-cut the sub-disciplines. These themes include identity, change, justice, the environment and technology, and anthropological practice. We are looking for an individual with demonstrated ability to bridge sub-disciplinary boundaries, teaching experience in several of the department's thematic areas, as well as background in at least two sub-disciplines. Candidates are also encouraged to consult the department's website to learn more about the department's undergraduate program. Candidates will have completed a Ph.D. in anthropology and will have a strong record of achievement in teaching at all undergraduate levels.

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadian citizens and permanent residents will be considered first for this position. McMaster is strongly committed to employment equity within its community and to recruiting a diverse faculty and staff. The University encourages applications from all qualified candidates, including women, members of visible minorities, Aboriginal persons, members of sexual minorities, and persons with disabilities.

Applications should include a curriculum vita, the names and addresses (including email) of three referees, a statement of teaching philosophy, examples of course syllabi and teaching assessments, and other teaching materials relevant to the advertised position. These materials should be sent in electronic format. Letters of application should address how candidates are prepared to engage in the teaching of undergraduate classes.

Submit applications to:

Department of Anthropology
McMaster University
1280 Main Street West
Hamilton, ON, Canada, L8S 4L9
Tel: (905) 525-9140, ext. 23920
Fax: (905) 522-5993

CLOSING DATE: March 1, 2013

For additional information, visit the department's website at


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