Open Visiting Assistant Professor Positions at Southern Methodist University

The Department of Anthropology at Southern Methodist University, Dallas, Texas, invites applications for two Visiting Assistant Professor positions in cultural anthropology who are also able to teach medical anthropology courses. Both positions are available for the 2023-2024 academic year; however, we hope to hire one excellent candidate who is available to start in January 2023. If hired for January 2023, the position will run for an extra two semesters (AY 23- 24). 

Candidates should have demonstrated pedagogical skill and experience, complement existing curricular and theoretical strengths in our department, and have PhD in hand by time of hiring. If hired for a January start, the teaching load will be: 2 in Spring 2023, 3 in Fall 2023, and 3 in Spring 2024. Strong candidates will be prepared to teach undergraduate courses, such as Introduction to Cultural Anthropology; Introduction to Medical Anthropology; Health, Healing and Ethics; Self, Culture and Mind: Introduction to Psychological Anthropology; a class with a regional specialization; and at the upper undergraduate and graduate levels courses such as Research Methods in Ethnology, History of Anthropology (post 1960); Culture, Power and Biomedicine. VAPs will also be welcome to develop a course in their own area of expertise. Candidates should detail which courses they can teach at which level in cultural or medical anthropology (or both) in their cover letter. 

Interested candidates should submit a cover letter addressing their research and teaching interests and experience relative to the areas noted; their curriculum vitae; and the names and contact information of three references. Please submit these materials as a single pdf to the department chair, Dr. David J. Meltzer (, with a copy to Ms. Tiffany Powell ( 

For full consideration, please submit your required materials by November 15, 2022. Review of applications will begin on that date and continue until the position is filled. Specific questions regarding the position(s) can be directed to Dr. Nia Parson ( We encourage diversity applicants, candidates who can demonstrate experience in teaching and working with individuals from diverse backgrounds and contribute to the University’s mission, vision, and core values, and are open to considering academic couples with the appropriate expertise. SMU does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, disability or veteran status. SMU is also committed to nondiscrimination on the basis of sexual orientation. Hiring is contingent upon the satisfactory completion of a background check.

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