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Assistant Professor

Assistant Professor in Sociocultural Anthropology

We acknowledge and respect the k̓ʷəŋən peoples on whose traditional territory the university stands and the Songhees, Esquimalt and W̱SÁNEĆ peoples whose historical relationships with the land continue to this day. 

The Department of Anthropology at the University of Victoria invites applications from scholars who self-identify as Black for a tenure-track appointment in the area of Sociocultural Anthropology in the field of critical health, inequality and wellness studies and/or critical medical anthropology. The appointment, effective July 1, 2022, will be made at the rank of Assistant Professor.

Pursuant to the University's Equity Plan and Section 42 of the BC Human Rights code, this search is limited to scholars who self-identify as Black; qualifying applicants are asked to self-identify in their cover letters. 


We seek a scholar with a PhD in anthropology and an established program of ethnographic research whose teaching and research interests will primarily contribute to our “Inequality, Culture, and Health” graduate program theme. The successful candidate should have an active ethnographic research program that addresses the political economy of health and/or medicine in a global context and is able to build bridges with existing research initiatives in the Department. Examples of possible specialties include but are not limited to: contemporary critical theory addressing inequalities of race, capitalism, gender, sexuality, class, and/or colonialism; the globalization of biomedical science, biotechnology, and/or alternative health practices; environmental justice; natural disasters, epidemics, and emerging diseases; neoliberalism and global medical practice; and/or global health and development. Applicants will be expected to teach undergraduate courses such as “Introduction to Medical Anthropology,” “Globalization, Health, and the Environment” or design new courses in the areas of critical health and wellness studies. Applicants should be able to contribute to the University of Victoria’s strategic priority of global engagement through work that synergizes with existing departmental geographic foci, such as Latin America & the Caribbean, Asia, Africa, or global Indigenous peoples. 

The four course (1.5 unit each) per annum teaching commitment comes with the expectation that the successful candidate will be actively engaged in research and graduate student mentoring. Supporting administrative work in the department and contributing to our collegial, collaborative, and respectful work environment are also part of this role.

The department’s current course Calendar can be found at

Additional information

We are a vibrant three-field Department that values cooperation and collaboration among anthropological sub-disciplines. We are committed to active engagement and inclusivity of all our faculty members and encourage a diversity of approaches and perspectives in teaching and research. The Department of Anthropology strives to address racism, oppression, colonization and other related barriers through curricula development and pedagogical approaches, various research methods and service activities, as well as mentorship.

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Please note that reference and background checks, including credential and degree verification, may be undertaken as part of this recruitment process.

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; in accordance with Canadian Immigration requirements, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority. Please indicate in your application package if you are a Canadian citizen or permanent resident. 

Contact information

Applications must include: a cover letter describing the applicant’s qualifications and research plans, a current curriculum vitae, a sample of representative publications, a teaching statement, and the names and complete contact information of three referees.

Please send each required document in a PDF format labelled using the following example, Rzeplinski_cv.pdf to Ms. Cathy Rzeplinski at by January 24, 2022.

All questions should be directed to Prof. Helen Kurki, Chair of the Department of Anthropology at

Application deadline

January 24, 2022

Equity statement

UVic is committed to upholding the values of equity, diversity, and inclusion in our living, learning and work environments. In pursuit of our values, we seek members who will work respectfully and constructively with differences and across levels of power. We actively encourage applications from members of groups experiencing barriers to equity and this particular search is limited to scholars who self-identify as Black.

Read our full equity statement here:

The University acknowledges the potential impact that career interruptions can have on a candidate’s record of research achievement. We encourage applicants to explain in their application the impact that career interruptions have had on their record. For more information, see

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