College of Letters, Arts and Social Sciences

Anthropology Department Open Position

Assistant Professor, Anthropology - Cultural Anthropology

College of Letters, Arts, and Social Sciences

The Department of Geography and Anthropology in the College of Letters, Arts, and Social Sciences at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona (Cal Poly Pomona) invites applications for a tenure-track position in Sociocultural Anthropology at the rank of Assistant Professor to begin Fall 2018.  Candidates specializing in economic or political anthropology are especially encouraged to apply.  Regional area of focus in Asia or Asian diaspora populations is preferred; Africa and Latin America also desirable.

The Position

The faculty member will teach undergraduate classes in Sociocultural Anthropology, qualitative and quantitative ethnographic methods, anthropological theory, globalization, science and technology, and/or social movements. The successful candidate will demonstrate an interest in involving undergraduates in research and/or field activity, an ability to work in an interdisciplinary environment, and enthusiasm for a hands-on, learn-by-doing approach to education, and a commitment to service. Regional area of focus in Asia or Asian diaspora populations preferred; Africa and Latin America also desirable. Applicants whose work incorporates a global perspective and a commitment to diversity in higher education are particularly encouraged to apply.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Ph.D. in anthropology with a focus on sociocultural anthropology or closely related field from an accredited university by August 1, 2018
  • Evidence of university teaching experience (please send teaching evaluations if available)
  • Evidence of scholarly potential (e.g., publications, conference presentations, grant development)
  • Evidence of ability to work with, and mentor a diverse student population (e.g., advising, student club involvement, independent study supervision)
  • Ability to teach courses in sociocultural anthropology and areas of specialization

Preferred/Desired Qualifications

  • Specialization in sociocultural anthropology, theoretical focus economic, political, social, others considered
  • Potential for applied focus in research and/or teaching
  • Regional area of focus in Asia or Asian diaspora populations preferred; Africa and Latin America also desirable
  • Willingness to develop a local research project that includes undergraduate students
  • Willingness to conduct fieldwork or applied community projects with students

Application Procedure

A completed online application will consist of (prepare all files in .pdf format):

  • Cover Letter that describes the candidate's research and teaching experience and interests.  The letter should also address the duties and qualifications as articulated in the position description.
  • a statement of Teaching Philosophy within a multicultural environment (1, single-spaced page)
  • a Student Success Statement about your teaching, experiences, successes, and challenges in working with a diverse student population (1, single-spaced page)
  • a Curriculum Vitae comprised of at least those elements specified on the application form;
  • the names, titles, addresses, email and telephone numbers of at least five individual References who can speak to the candidate's potential for success in this position
  • Teaching Evaluations (if available);
  • a completed Academic Employment Application Form
  • a Transcript showing highest degree earned (an official transcript will be required of finalists); and
  • Three Recent (signed and dated within the past 2 years) letters of reference.  The link for reference letter writers to follow is

The position is open until filled. First consideration will be given to completed applications received by October 15, 2017.  Early response is encouraged.  An online application process will be used. To access the application and information about the position please visit

Please address all inquiries to:

Dr. Claudia Garcia-Des Lauriers, Anthropology Faculty Search Chair
Department of Geography and Anthropology
California State Polytechnic University, Pomona
3801 W. Temple Ave.
Pomona, CA 91768

Phone: 909-869-5264
Fax: 909.869.3586

The University

Cal Poly Pomona, one of two polytechnic universities in California, is a member of the 23-campus California State University system. Our student population of approximately 23,000 enrolls in 51 baccalaureate programs, 30 master's degree programs, 11 credential and certificate programs, and a doctorate in Educational Leadership, presented by 1,200 faculty. We recruit successful and career-focused students from throughout California and beyond. We are proud of our status as a Hispanic Serving Institution. We have a strong commitment to supporting scholarship, research, and student achievement. Our scenic and historic 1,400-acre campus, once the winter ranch of cereal magnate W.K. Kellogg, is located about 30 miles east of downtown Los Angeles. Southern California is one of the most dynamic economic and cultural environments in the country, and the campus is within an hour’s drive of beaches, mountains, and desert. The university is committed to diversifying its faculty and staff and has made educational equity one of its highest priorities. The mission of the university is to advance learning and knowledge by linking theory and practice in all disciplines, and to prepare students for lifelong learning, leadership, and careers in a changing, multicultural world.

The College

The faculty and staff of the College of Letters, Arts, and Social Sciences provide an excellent education for students desiring intellectual enrichment and career enhancement in the humanities, social sciences, and performing arts. The College offers introductory and advanced course work in 20 degree and certificate programs. Central to the mission of the College is the General Education program offered to all students enrolled in the University. The College embraces its role in providing courses and curricula in support of multiple and single subject teaching credential students. The University’s mission to provide for the "intellectual, personal, and professional development" of its students, staff, and faculty lies at the heart of the College’s commitment to offer programs that educate the whole person. Additional information is available at:

The Department

The Department of Geography and Anthropology houses two major undergraduate degree programs: Bachelor of Science in Anthropology and Bachelor of Science in Geography.  Each has two or more options within the major for specialized work, as well as a minor degree.  Website:

California State Polytechnic University, Pomona is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Employer. The University seeks to recruit and retain a diverse workforce as a reflection of our commitment to serve the people of California, to maintain the excellence of the University, and to offer our students richly varied disciplines, perspectives and ways of knowing and learning. Cal Poly Pomona subscribes to all state and federal regulations and prohibits discrimination based on race, color, religion, national origin, sex, gender identity/gender expression, sexual orientation, marital status, pregnancy, age, disability, genetic information, medical condition, and covered veteran status. Cal Poly Pomona hires only individuals lawfully authorized to work in the United States. As required by the Clery Disclosure Act, the university's annual security report is available at The person holding this position is considered a 'mandated reporter' under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and is required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083 as a condition of employment. A background check (including a criminal records check) must be completed satisfactorily before any candidate can be offered a position with the CSU. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may affect the application status of applicants or continued employment of current CSU employees who apply for the position.

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