Assistant Professor - Anthropology of Health

Req. ID: 394

Req. Title: Assistant Professor - Anthropology of Health

RequisitionTitle: Assistant Professor – Anthropology of Health

Job Field: Tenure Stream Faculty/Division: University of Toronto Mississauga (UTM)

Department: Department of Anthropology

Campus: Mississauga

Job Posting: November 19, 2020

Closing Date: January 18, 2021

External Posting Description:

The Department of Anthropology at the University of Toronto Mississauga (UTM) invites applications for a full-time tenure stream appointment at the rank of Assistant Professor in the area of Anthropology of Health. The appointment will begin on July 1, 2021, or shortly thereafter.

Applicants must have earned a Ph.D. degree in Anthropology, with a specialization in Biological Anthropology by the time of appointment, or shortly thereafter, with a demonstrated record of excellence in research and teaching. Candidates must have a track record in the field of Anthropology of Health, with demonstrated experience working with rural/remote northern and/or Indigenous North American populations, and with children and youth. We seek a scholar whose research engages with health inequities and their socio-environmental context in human populations, past or present, using theory and methods from biological anthropology and a biocultural approach. The successful applicant’s work must engage with the role of bioanthropological research within contemporary society through translational and/or applied research, as evidenced by strong research networks; a proven track record of community-engaged, participatory scholarship; and successful collaboration with health-focused organizations.

We seek candidates whose research and teaching interests complement and strengthen existing faculty strengths in the UTM Department of Anthropology and in the tri-campus University of Toronto Anthropology Graduate Program. The successful applicant will be expected to develop and maintain an active, outstanding, innovative, independent, and externally funded program of research, to pursue excellence in teaching in the UTM Anthropology undergraduate program (, and to participate actively in the tri-campus University of Toronto Anthropology Graduate Program (

Excellence in research will be demonstrated by a record of publications in top-ranked and field-relevant academic journals meeting high international standards as appropriate for stage of career, equivalent peer-reviewed venues, the submitted research statement, presentations at significant disciplinary conferences; grants or awards as appropriate for stage of career; and strong endorsements by referees of international stature.

Evidence for excellence in teaching will be provided through teaching accomplishments; strong letters of reference; and the teaching dossier including a teaching statement, sample course materials, and teaching evaluations submitted as part of the application.

The successful candidate will be expected to contribute to the UTM Department of Anthropology’s innovative Anthropology of Health undergraduate focus, and there will be opportunities to participate in other UTM initiatives, such as the new Mamow [Together] Centre for Northern Community Well-Being, UTM’s new Centre for Child Development, Mental Health & Policy; and UTM’s partnerships with regional Public Health providers.

Salary to be commensurate with qualifications and experience. The University of Toronto Mississauga has an interdisciplinary commitment, a multicultural student body, and a modern and spacious campus.

All qualified candidates are invited to apply online by clicking the link below. Applicants must submit a cover letter; a current curriculum vitae; a research statement outlining current and future research interests; a recent writing sample (of no more than 15 pages); and a teaching dossier to include a teaching statement, sample course materials, and teaching evaluations. Equity and diversity are among UTM’s core values and are essential to academic excellence. We seek candidates who value diversity and whose research, teaching, and service bear out our commitment to equity. Candidates are therefore asked to submit a 1–2-page statement about their contributions to equity and diversity, covering such topics as: research or teaching that incorporates a focus on underrepresented communities; the development of inclusive pedagogies; the mentoring of students from underrepresented groups; and other relevant activities. Candidates are encouraged within their statements to provide clear and detailed ideas for what existing initiatives they would get involved with and what new ideas they have for advancing equity and inclusion at UTM and within their field, through their research, teaching, and/or service.

Applicants must also arrange to have three letters of reference sent directly by the referee via email (on letterhead, signed and dated) to, addressed to Professor Esteban Parra, Chair of the UTM Department of Anthropology, and with the Subject line “Anthropology of Health Hire” by the closing date of January 18, 2021. PLEASE NOTE: this search is not using the University’s automatic solicitation and collection functionality for reference letters.

Aside from the CV and cover letter, we ask that candidates combine all other requested documents into one or two files in PDF/MS Word files in the following format:

 1. Research statement, teaching dossier and equity and diversity statement, titled: YourSurnameFirstname application.pdf (or .doc)

2. A Recent writing sample can be a separate document if too large to bundle with the above; if a separate document, please title as: YourSurnameFirstname WritingSample.pdf (or .doc). Documents too large to be submitted to the online system will not be accepted (maximum file size of 10 MB per attachment).

Submission guidelines can be found at If you have questions about this position or the program, please contact Professor Esteban Parra at

All application materials, including reference letters, must be received by the closing date of January 18, 2021.