State University of New York at Oswego — Visiting Assistant Professor of Anthropology

The Department of Anthropology at the State University of New York at Oswego invites applications for a one-year, full time Visiting Assistant Professor position.

Posting Date: April 30, 2019

Review Date: Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.

Benefit Information:  The State University of New York provides an excellent benefit package.  For more information on benefits for full-time United University Professions (UUP) faculty, visit: or

Date of Appointment: August 2019

Description of Responsibilities: The Visiting Assistant Professor of Anthropology will be required to teach courses in Introduction to Native American Studies, Contemporary Native America, North American Indians, and one upper-division cultural anthropology course.  

In addition, the Visiting Assistant Professor will be expected to display a demonstrated potential for excellence in teaching and scholarship, commitment to undergraduate and/or graduate education, and possess communication and interpersonal skills sufficient to work effectively with an increasingly diverse array of students and colleagues.

Required Qualifications: 

  • Advanced ABD or Ph.D. in anthropology or a related field
  • Committed to excellence in teaching
  • Demonstrate interdisciplinary interests
  • Be engaged in an active program of research

Preferred Qualifications: 

  • Ph.D. in anthropology or a related field at time of appointment with specialty in Native American studies

To Apply: Submit a letter of application addressing qualifications, copies of unofficial transcripts for required degree showing degree awarded and date conferred or program in process, curriculum vitae, research and teaching statements, and contact information for three professional references (only the three referees listed in your Interview Exchange application can be considered and contacted) electronically to:

If you have any questions about the position, please call or e-mail:

Prof. Jing Lei, Search Committee Chair
Tel: 315-312-3276 

Visa sponsorship not available for this position.

Files must be complete (all documents requested and required in the application instructions submitted) to be considered.  Official transcripts required at time of appointment

Description of Department: We offer the best possible undergraduate experience available in anthropology under the guidance of a professionally active faculty who value excellent teaching. Our program of instruction has several components and goals:

  • We include the academic transmission of key ideas and knowledge of human life in all four anthropology subfields: archaeology, biocultural/forensic anthropology, linguistic anthropology and sociocultural anthropology.
  • We strive for students to develop key skills such as ability to think critically, mastery of oral and written presentations and a professional attitude.
  • We provide hands-on experiences in research dynamics, including experimental archaeology, collections management, forensic analysis, and documentary projects.
  • We promote cross-cultural experience through studying abroad and internships that enhance academic learning through practical experience.
  • We maintain the integrity of the anthropology program while supporting, to the best of our ability, the larger mission and programs of the college, especially related to interdisciplinary and multicultural developments as well as the environment and sustainability issues. Accomplishing this will enable students to become broadly educated, specifically informed, conversant in their discipline, employable and well prepared to thrive in a rapidly changing world.

Description of SUNY Oswego: Founded in 1861, SUNY Oswego is a public comprehensive college located in Central New York on the beautiful shores of Lake Ontario, 45 minutes from Syracuse. Named one of “Top Up-and-Coming Schools” in U.S. News “America’s Best Colleges” in 2010, a Kiplinger’s “Best College Value” for 2015, and a “Best Northeastern College” by Princeton Review every year since the first edition in 2003, Oswego offers its 8000 undergraduate and graduate students preeminent academic programs in the arts and sciences, business, communications, and teacher education. The College’s success is built on providing students outstanding educational experiences with attention to a liberal arts and sciences foundation, practical applications, interdisciplinary approaches, independent scholarly and creative work, and skills for living in multicultural and global communities. The emphasis on faculty-mentored student research and creative projects is evidenced by Quest, a daylong symposium spotlighting original student research; a stipend program for students engaged in research and creative work; and the Global Laboratory, a STEM-based research abroad program at top-ranked universities around the world. SUNY Oswego is an unusually collegial and vibrant community and is in a time of wonderful opportunities with extensive facilities construction and renovation, a forward-looking strategic plan, and expanded outreach to regional, national, and international communities. 

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Oswego is committed to enhancing its diversity. SUNY Oswego is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and is actively engaged in recruiting, supporting, and fostering a diverse community of outstanding faculty, staff and students.  We encourage applications from qualified applicants regardless of race, color, national origin, religion, creed, age, disability, sex, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, familial status, pregnancy, predisposing genetic characteristics, military status, domestic violence victim SUNY status, or criminal conviction. Please see our full non-discrimination policy,

In accordance with USCIS regulations, successful applicants must be legally able to work in the United States per the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986. 

Requests for reasonable accommodations of a disability during the application and/or interview process should be made to the Human Resources Office by calling 315-312-2230 or emailing   

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