18-Month Teaching Assistant Professor (Temporary)

Updated: 4 months ago
Location: Chapel Hill, NORTH CAROLINA
Job Type: PartTime
Deadline: 02 Dec 2022

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Department of Anthropology.

18-Month Teaching Assistant Professor (Temporary)

Position Summary:

The Department of Anthropology at UNC-Chapel Hill is seeking to hire a 18-month temporary Teaching Assistant Professor (TAP) in cultural medical anthropology. We seek a dynamic teacher whose research focuses on topics such as: meanings and models of well-being in diverse cultural contexts; drug use / rehabilitation technologies; humanitarianism and humanitarian medicine; new biomedical technologies and ontologies of the body; disability and care-giving; infectious disease in political-economic and cultural contexts; epidemics and the politics of biosecurity; medical research and clinical trials; transplant. Scholars working on questions related to the intersections of biomedicines and other medical systems, including epistemologies of medical pluralism, the politics of bio-prospecting, and the circulation of pharmaceuticals, are also of interest. The course load is 3-3. The TAP will make key contributions to UNC's vibrant and growing major and minor in medical anthropology. Courses to be taught may include Body and Subject, an upper level course examining the body and embodiment in anthropological perspective; Living Medicine, an introductory-level course examining the various dimensions of biomedicine as work, knowledge, industry, and identity; and Medicine and Anthropology, an upper level undergraduate course examining anthropology's approach to the study of biomedicine; as well as courses related to the candidate's own research interests. "The department seeks candidates whose research, teaching, or service has prepared them to contribute to our commitment to diversity and inclusion in higher education." We are also looking for a colleague who will be actively engaged in our Moral Economies of Medicine Working Group.

Primary Purpose of Organizational Unit:

The Department of Anthropology at UNC Chapel Hill fosters an environment where multiple approaches coexist and intersect. We support studies, research, and professional applications in the three subfields of foundational training, Sociocultural Anthropology, Human Biology, Ecology and Evolution; and Archaeology, and one cross-disciplinary program, Medical Anthropology. Cross cutting these subfields, the department supports concentrations that integrate anthropology's diverse expertise to address contemporary world problems. Current concentrations focus on: Health, Medicine, and Humanity; Heritage and Unwritten Histories; Global Engagement; Race, Difference and Power; and Food, Environment and Sustainability. The goals of this approach are to permit crosscutting research on the part of faculty and students, to encourage engagement with other programs and interdisciplinary units on campus and to allow interest groups to form around particular problems as they emerge. Within this larger, open structure, the department maintains strong collective interest in issues of globalization, nature and the environment, public anthropology, cultural studies and political economy. It also features strong collective interest in the regional study of North America (particularly the southern United States), Latin America and the Caribbean, as well as Europe and Asia (particularly Southeast Asia). None of these interests are exclusive, however, and faculty members work on a variety of topics in a variety of settings.

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