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Tenured Professor and Chair of Anthropology

Position overview

Position title: Professor
Salary range: Salary will be competitive and commensurate with education, experience and final placement at rank and step.
Anticipated start: July 1, 2025
Review timeline: February 1, 2024 until filled

Application Window

Open date: November 17, 2023

Most recent review date: Thursday, Feb 1, 2024 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications received after this date will be reviewed by the search committee if the position has not yet been filled.

Final date: Monday, Apr 1, 2024 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications will continue to be accepted until this date, but those received after the review date will only be considered if the position has not yet been filled.

Position description

The Department of Anthropology at the University of California, Riverside, invites applications for a tenured faculty position at the rank of Professor who will also serve as Department Chair. The successful candidate will have demonstrated higher education leadership experience and a vision to position the department at the forefront of educational attainment and world-class research in the College of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences (CHASS) and across UCR-wide initiatives relating to interdisciplinary teaching and learning.

We seek applications from broadly trained anthropologists whose teaching and research interests build upon and complement that of the department. Research focus may include living or past populations, including the intersecting social, material, and biological aspects of human life. The candidate will join our diverse and dynamic faculty whose research attends to core issues in anthropology, including power, ideology, gender, antiblackness, social and health inequities, human ecologies, urbanism, and transnationalism. We are particularly interested in hiring a colleague with leadership experience who is dedicated to creating research opportunities for undergraduate students and mentoring our increasingly international graduate students.

This search is part of our departmental commitment to transforming anthropology through research, rigorous academic teaching, training, and public service to promote cultural understanding and social, racial, and environmental justice, while empowering our students to change the world. We value community-driven and activist research to generate theoretical innovation and address local and global inequities. We pursue efforts to decolonize our research and curriculum and create a vibrant and welcoming intellectual community to build an anthropology for liberation. The department supports the ample opportunities for innovative collaborations across our vibrant campus, including with the newly established Department of Black Study and the Department of Society, Environment and Health Equity, as well as academic programs in Art, History, Environmental Sciences, Earth and Planetary Sciences, Southeast Asian Studies, and the School of Medicine, among others.

Complete applications will include a current CV, a cover letter of interest describing research portfolio, leadership experience, and vision as Chair, a statement on past and potential contributions to diversity, copies of up to three publications, evidence of teaching excellence and of graduate and undergraduate mentoring, and the names and contact information for at least three references. A Ph.D. in Anthropology or a related field is required at the time of application; subfields and areas of research expertise are open. Review of applications will begin February 1, 2024, and continue until the position is filled. Applications submitted by February 1 will receive full consideration.

The initial period of appointment as Chair is at least three years, with the possibility for renewal as Chair after review and determination of satisfactory performance. The Professor appointment should begin no later than July 1, 2025 with the Chair appointment commencing on July 1 2025. The professorial salary will be competitive and commensurate with experience; additional compensation for term as chair follows a standard schedule (https://chass.ucr.edu/chairs-and-directors/chair-compensation). Underrepresented scholars are particularly encouraged to apply.

The University of California values salary transparency and reports salaries annually in the UC Annual Wage Database. The posted UC salary scales set the minimum pay determined by rank and/or step at appointment. See Table(s) https://www.ucop.edu/academic-personnel-programs/_files/2023-24/oct-2023-acad-salary-scales/t1.pdf. The salary range for this position is $108,300 -$197,100. “Off-scale salaries” and other components of pay, i.e., a salary that is higher than the published system-wide salary at the designated rank and step, are offered when necessary to meet competitive conditions.

UCR has had major successes in our commitment to recruiting faculty from diverse backgrounds. Across CHASS, applicants will find a strong group of faculty that share concerns with race, class, gender, and age dynamics. Advancement through the faculty ranks at the University of California is through a series of structured, merit-based evaluations, occurring every 2-3 years, each of which includes substantial peer input.

Established in 1954, the UCR campus today has a fast-growing population of over 26,000 students, is the most diverse undergraduate student body in the UC system, and is one of the most diverse campuses in the nation. Located fifty miles east of Los Angeles, the campus lies in the heart of over twenty Native American communities, including the Tongva, Cahuilla, Serrano and Payómkawichum Nations and the largest urban Native American population in the U.S.

Riverside is situated in an historic citrus growing area surrounded by mountain ranges; it is about an hour away from ski slopes, surfing, or hiking in mountain or desert environments. The campus is ideally located to build collaborations with other universities, research institutes, and community-based organizations throughout Southern California.

Please contact search Chair Professor Travis Stanton at travis.stanton@ucr.edu with questions.

Qualifications

Basic qualifications (required at time of application)

A Ph.D. in Anthropology or a related field is required at the time of application

Preferred qualifications

We are particularly interested in hiring a colleague with leadership experience who is dedicated to creating research opportunities for undergraduate students and mentoring our increasingly international graduate students.

The successful candidate will have demonstrated higher education leadership experience.

The University of California, Riverside is a world-class research university with an exceptionally diverse undergraduate student body. UCR is a member institution of the American Association of Universities (AAU) as well as the Alliance of Hispanic Serving Research Universities (HSRU). Its mission is explicitly linked to providing routes to educational success for underrepresented and first-generation college students. A commitment to this mission is a preferred qualification.

Application Requirements

Document requirements
  • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V.

  • Cover Letter of Interest - Your cover letter should describe your research portfolio, leadership experience, and vision as Department Chair

  • Statement of Past and/or Planned Future Contributions to Advancing Diversity and Inclusive Excellence - In a “Statement of Past and/or Planned Future Contributions to Advancing Diversity and Inclusive Excellence”, we ask applicants to describe their past and/or potential future contributions to promoting a diverse, equitable, and inclusive environment, which is a key requirement of the role of every faculty member and administrator at UCR. There are numerous ways to contribute, and a commitment to this part of our mission can be reflected through research, teaching, supervision, mentoring, community engagement, service, and any of the other varied activities that are a part of an academic career.

  • Evidence of teaching excellence / teaching evaluations

  • Evidence of graduate and undergraduate mentoring - The required materials for Evidence of graduate and undergraduate mentoring are flexible. Applicants can submit materials such as publications with students or other evidence of collaborative research with students, new curriculum that integrates mentoring, or a single paragraph detailing the applicant's mentoring philosophy.

  • Publication/research

  • additional publication/research (Optional)

  • additional publication/research (Optional)

  • Misc / Additional (Optional)

  • Misc / Additional (Optional)

  • Misc / Additional (Optional)

  • Additional Evidence of graduate and undergraduate mentoring - The required materials for Evidence of graduate and undergraduate mentoring are flexible. Applicants can submit materials such as publications with students or other evidence of collaborative research with students, new curriculum that integrates mentoring, or a single paragraph detailing the applicant's mentoring philosophy.

    (Optional)

Reference requirements
  • 3-5 required (contact information only)

Names and contact information for three references are required at time of application. References will only be contacted once finalists have been identified.

Apply link: https://aprecruit.ucr.edu/JPF01858

Help contact: tanya.wine@ucr.edu

About UC Riverside

The University of California, Riverside is a world-class research university with an exceptionally diverse undergraduate student body. UCR is a member institution of the American Association of Universities (AAU) as well as the Alliance of Hispanic Serving Research Universities (HSRU). Its mission is explicitly linked to providing routes to educational success for underrepresented and first-generation college students. A commitment to this mission is a preferred qualification.

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified candidates will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

As a University employee, you will be required to comply with all applicable University policies and/or collective bargaining agreements, as may be amended from time to time. Federal, state, or local government directives may impose additional requirements.

Job location

Riverside, CA