Job: Sociocultural Medical Anthropology, Department of Anthropology, Northern Arizona University


The Department of Anthropology at Northern Arizona University invites applicants for a tenure-track position in Sociocultural Medical Anthropology at the rank of Assistant Professor. The position may begin January 2015 or August 2015.

Job Description
This position is a full time (9-month) tenure-track position at the rank of Assistant Professor. This is a tenure-eligible faculty position requiring a balance of teaching, scholarship, and service within the discipline. We seek candidates with a developed research agenda that is a solid fit with the anthropology department, and with the overall goals of the NAU Health Research Initiatives (HRI) and NAU’s Translational Health Research Initiative (THRIVE) programs. Areas of research interest include (but are not limited to), global and environmental health, epigenetics, and human rights/social justice. We seek candidates who have strong methodological training/experience in mixed methods research design (both qualitative and quantitative) and are prepared to teach both ethnographic and quantitative methods. Activities and expertise complementing the department’s applied anthropology orientation, and experience developing and/or contributing to interdisciplinary research are desirable. The candidate’s geographic and cultural foci are open. Preference will be given to candidates who demonstrate a commitment to diversity and to web based teaching.

Successful candidates will show a demonstrated ability to teach undergraduate and graduate anthropology courses; work with students and organizations to identify and develop opportunities for internships and employment; engage students in research projects; and provide service to the department and the profession. Preference will be given to individuals with strong research skills, a record of success in obtaining external funding, a record of publication, and strong potential for sustained support of a medical anthropology research career. The successful candidate will support a civil, engaging, and respectful campus climate.

Minimum Qualifications
Required minimum qualifications include:
* PhD in Anthropology and emphasis in medical anthropology and/or public health conferred by appointment date
* Two years of teaching experience in the university setting
Preferred Qualifications
Preferred qualifications include:
* Experience working on relevant grant-funded projects
* Experience in research design and implementation
* Proficiency with quantitative data analysis
* A successful record of extramural funding
* Strong publication record
* Commitment to web based teaching
* Evidence of excellence in teaching
* Commitment to working effectively within a diverse university community
General Information
Northern Arizona University has a student population of about 26,000 at its main campus in Flagstaff and at over 30 sites across the state. Committed to a diverse and civil working and learning environment, NAU has earned a solid reputation as a university with all the features of a large institution but with a personal touch. NAU carefully balances teaching, scholarship and service with a faculty and staff dedicated to each student’s success.  All faculty members are expected to promote student learning and help students achieve academic outcomes. While our emphasis is undergraduate education, we offer a wide range of graduate programs and research that extend to such national concerns as forest health and bioterrorism. Our institution has carefully integrated on-campus education with distance learning, forming seamless avenues for students to earn degrees. Flagstaff has a population of about 67,000, rich in cultural diversity. Located at the base of the majestic San Francisco Peaks, Flagstaff is 140 miles north of Phoenix at the intersection of Interstate 17 and Interstate 40. With its elevation of 7,000 feet and four-season climate, Flagstaff is ideal for year-round outdoor activities. Nearby attractions include the Grand Canyon, Lowell Observatory, Oak Creek Canyon, Sedona, Monument Valley, Sunset Crater, Meteor Crater, and Arizona Snowbowl.

Northern Arizona University requires satisfactory results for the following: a criminal background investigation, an employment history verification and a degree verification (in some cases) prior to employment. You may also be required to complete a fingerprint background check. Additionally, NAU is required to participate in the federal E-Verify program that assists employers with verifying new employees’ right to work in the United States.

This is a Faculty (FAC) position.  NAU offers an excellent benefit package including generous health, dental and vision insurance; participation in the Arizona State Retirement System (ASRS) or the Optional Retirement Program (ORP); sick leave accruals and 10 holidays per year; and tuition reduction for employees and qualified family members.  More information on benefits at NAU is available at

Faculty are hired on a contract basis, renewable according to terms of the Conditions of Faculty Service (

Employees offered a position will be eligible for state health plans (including NAU’s BCBS Plan).  Employees will have 31 days from date of hire to enroll in benefits, and their benefits will then be effective the first day of the pay period following their completed enrollment.

If a new employee chooses the Arizona State Retirement System (ASRS) retirement option, participation in the ASRS Plan (and the long-term disability coverage that accompanies it) will begin on the first of the pay period following 183 days of employment. New employees who choose to participate in the Optional Retirement Plan (ORP; an alternative to the ASRS plan) will begin to participate on the first day of employment.  The long-term disability plan that accompanies the ORP will begin on the first day of the pay period following 90 days of employment.  More information about NAU benefits is available at

Application Deadline
This position will be open until filled or closed. Review of applications will begin on August 1st, 2014.
How to Apply
To apply for this position, click the “Apply Now” button on this page.  Application must include a single attachment that contains: a letter of interest addressing minimum and preferred criteria, CV, unofficial transcripts from all colleges and universities attended (official transcripts will be required if an on campus interview is conducted), names and contact information for three professional references, sample syllabi and student evaluations. Save all items, in the order stated, as a single PDF or Word document. The online application system will allow only one attachment.

If you have problems submitting application attachments in the form of a PDF or Word document or questions please contact:

If you need assistance completing your application there are instructions available on line at or in person in the Human Resources Department located in Building 91 on the NAU Campus – on the corner of Beaver and DuPont Streets.

If you are an individual with a disability and need reasonable accommodation to participate in the hiring process please contact the Affirmative Action Office at 928-523-3312/TDD – 928-523-1006 or PO Box 4083, Flagstaff AZ 86011.

FLSA Status
Equal Employment Opportunity
Northern Arizona University is a committed Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Institution.  Women, minorities, veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.  NAU is responsive to the needs of dual career couples.