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Assistant Professor in Anthropology

Anthropology - Simon Fraser University, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, Department of Sociology and Anthropology, invites applications for a full-time tenure-track appointment in anthropology at the rank of Assistant Professor commencing September 1, 2019. The department is seeking an emergent scholar in socio-cultural anthropology who is committed to ethnographic innovation as a mode of theoretical exploration, and whose research programme contributes to understanding the dynamics of power and social change in the contemporary world. Excellence in research and teaching are the primary criteria for this position.

We are particularly interested in scholars whose work engages one or more of the following areas: Indigeneity; violence; transnational mobilities; institutions, bureaucracies, and the state; community-based advocacy; and multimodal ethnographic methodologies.

The ideal candidate will be well-grounded in anthropological traditions of thought and in processes of critical reconstruction, committed to envisioning what contemporary anthropology may become.  They will be able to teach at the undergraduate and graduate levels, including core courses such as introduction to anthropology, ethnographic research methods, and anthropological theory.

Qualifications: PhD in Anthropology in hand by the appointment start date.

Applicants will submit electronically a cover letter and full curriculum vitae; a statement of teaching philosophy, evaluations and one course syllabus; a statement of research interests; samples of written work (no more than 3), one of which should be solely authored; and the names and contact details of three referees. Please submit this application package as one consolidated PDF. All material should be sent to the Chair’s secretary, Ms Jeanne Persoon, at

Review of complete applications will begin February 28, 2019.  Applications will be accepted until March 31, 2019.

This is an entry-level position.  Only those holding or those eligible to be promoted to the rank will be considered.  The position is subject to availability of funding and approval by the Board of Governors.

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply: however, Canadian citizens and permanent residents will be given priority.  SFU is an equity employer and encourages applications from all qualified individuals including women, persons with disabilities, visible minorities, Indigenous Peoples, people of all sexual orientations and gender identities, and others who may contribute to the further diversification of the university.

Under the authority of the University Act personal information that is required by the University for academic appointment competitions will be collected.  For further details see:

Assistant Professor in Anthropology - Search Update

The Search committee is in the process of reviewing applications.  Applications will continue to be accepted until March 31, 2019.

(update March 18, 2019)

Sessional Instructors

The Department of Sociology and Anthropology at Simon Fraser University posts Sessional Instructor positions (Teaching Support Staff Union):

  • May/June, for fall semester (September-December);
  • September/October, for spring semester (January-April); and
  • January/February, for summer semester (May-August).

If you wish to be notified of upcoming faculty and temporary teaching positions in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology, please send an email to and in the subject line indicate "subscribe to SA postings."

Teaching Assistants & Tutor Markers

Posted: February 25, 2019

Summer 2019 TA/TM postings are now available, please see details on the positions and follow instructions to apply here.

Deadline for application: Monday March 11, 2019.


Please click here for information on the TA/TM Appointment Priority System.

Visiting Scholar 

The Department of Sociology and Anthropology has limited capacity to accept visiting scholars. Visiting scholar appointments are a non-stipend position.  

If you wish to be considered for visiting scholar status, please contact the Chair’s Secretary for more information: