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Assistant Professor, Tenure-Track, Medical Anthropology

University of British Columbia Okanagan

The Irving K. Barber Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences at the University of British Columbia, Okanagan Campus, on unceded Syilx territory, invites applications for a tenure-track faculty in Medical Anthropology. This is a position at the rank of Assistant Professor (Tenure stream), to be held in the Community, Culture and Global Studies department ( with an expected start date of July 1, 2022.

We seek to hire an emerging scholar in the field of Medical Anthropology. Research focus is open, and applicants should have a strong background in ethnographic research methods and engage with critical approaches to health, race, decolonization, and globalization. We seek a colleague whose work would complement existing departmental strengths and interdisciplinary practices. Geographic area is open.

The successful applicant will join a Department with a thorough commitment to community engaged research, addressing the lived realities of health inequities in the contemporary world. We are actively seeking to recruit from a diverse pool of applicants. We strongly encourage applications from Indigenous scholars and from minority groups underrepresented in post-secondary institutions in North America.

Candidates must be able to teach general courses in cultural anthropology along with courses in their area of expertise and contribute to both undergraduate and graduate teaching. They must have a demonstrated capacity for teaching and the development of a substantial research program. Candidates will be expected to do research in their area of expertise and provide service to the university. While a Ph.D. in Anthropology is preferred, applicants who will have successfully defended the Ph.D. dissertation by the position start date will be considered.
UBC is one of the world’s leading universities, and is consistently ranked in the top 40. The university has two distinct campuses, one in Vancouver and one in Kelowna. The Okanagan campus has undergraduate and graduate programs, with over 10,000 students in seven faculties including 540 Aboriginal students. Situated in the heart of the Okanagan Valley, one of the most scenic regions in Canada, it offers an intimate learning environment and excellent opportunities for regional, national, and international scholarly activities. We are committed to an ethos of local involvement, global engagement, and intercultural awareness, and we provide a positive, inclusive, and mutually supportive working and learning environment for all our students, faculty, and staff.

For more information about UBC resources and opportunities, please visit Information about the surrounding community can be found at:
The Irving K. Barber Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences at UBC Okanagan is deeply committed to increasing the diversity of our community. We ask that all applicants complete a voluntary survey (link to survey) that will help us to assess the effectiveness of our efforts to reach a broad group of potential applicants.
How to Apply: Applications are submitted online in one continuous PDF file at: and should include:

(i) a cover letter, addressed to Dr. Mike Evans (Head pro tem – Community, Culture, and Global Studies), outlining qualification for the position and fit with the Anthropology program and the FASS;
(ii) a curriculum vitae;
(iii) a statement of research program (2-page maximum);
(iv) a statement on teaching philosophy and interests (2-page maximum - additional materials may be requested from applicants);
(vi) a writing or creative/artistic sample, max 30 pages;
(vii) a 1-page diversity statement (i.e. tell us about your experience working within a diverse environment and your contributions to creating/advancing a culture of equity and inclusion); and,
(viii) the names of three referees who have agreed to submit letters of reference, if requested.
Inquiries may be directed to Dr. Mike Evans at: All correspondence must indicate the competition title (Medical Anthropology –Tenure-track Faculty) in the subject line of the e-mail.

The review of applications will begin December 20, 2021. The anticipated start date for the position is July 1, 2022. All appointments are subject to budgetary approval. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

Equity and diversity are essential to academic excellence. An open and diverse community fosters the inclusion of voices that have been underrepresented or discouraged. We encourage applications from members of groups that have been marginalized on any grounds enumerated under the B.C. Human Rights Code, including sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, racialization, disability, political belief, religion, marital or family status, age, and/or status as a First Nation, Metis, Inuit, or Indigenous person.