Anthropology of Food Position at Oregon State University

The School of Language, Culture and Society
(Anthropology, Ethnic Studies, Foreign Languages and Literatures, & Women Studies)
Advanced Assistant or Associate Professor-Global/ Local Food Crisis


APPOINTMENT:            1.0 FTE, 9-month, tenure track

The School of Language, Culture and Society at Oregon State University invites applications for an advanced assistant or associate professor whose research specialization includes an aspect of the global/ local food crisis as it impacts the poor, indigenous peoples, communities of color, and women at home or abroad. The position is a 1.0 FTE, 9-month appointment.  Beginning salary is competitive, and the benefits package includes several options for health/dental/life insurance and retirement. The successful applicant may choose to have her/his tenure line in Anthropology, Ethnic Studies, Foreign Languages and Literatures, or Women Studies.


Teaching & Mentoring            40%
Research & Scholarship          40%
Service                                        20%

Typical teaching load across three quarters is 4-5 courses, including introductory as well as upper division and graduate level courses. Specifically, this faculty member will also be responsible for developing courses having to do with the food crisis and/ or food insecurity within a social justice framework, with special attention to intersections of gender, race/ethnicity, nation, and poverty.

The faculty member is expected to maintain interdisciplinary scholarly activities in her/his area of expertise, including presentations at regional/national/international conferences and publication of peer-reviewed articles and books.

In addition to serving the School, College, and University on regularly constituted committees, service expectations include particular involvement with communities of color on campus in order to address the needs of a growing population of students of color and to create a positive impact on the culture of the campus for people of color.



1.             Ph.D., discipline open;
2.             Demonstrated experience in teaching undergraduate and graduate courses in food crisis/food insecurity within a social justice framework and with specific attention to intersections with gender, race, nation, and poverty;
3.             Record of scholarly publications and presentations commensurate with expectations for an advanced assistant or associate professor at OSU;
4.             Demonstrated record of working with racial/ethnic minority students and faculty;
5.             Demonstrable commitment to promoting and enhancing diversity;
6.             Ability to supervise graduate student research and to work with other faculty and students on interdisciplinary/collaborative projects;
7.             Evidence of potential to secure external funding for research.

Application deadline: December 1, 2010

Posted by Rachel Black


  1. This seems to be a good year for food-studies related positions. See also the job at the University of Vermont:
    Anthropology of Food Systems The University of Vermont, Department of Anthropology invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor position in the Anthropology of Food Systems (sub-field open). We seek a broadly trained anthropologist capable of contributing both to the department and to the UVM trans-disciplinary Spire of Excellence in Food Systems. The successful candidate will be expected to undertake an active program of research or creative activity that leads to publication and presentation in peer-reviewed scholarly outlets, and, where available, to seek extramural funding for that research. Faculty members are expected to teach, advise, and mentor undergraduate and graduate students when appropriate. The University is especially interested in candidates who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of the academic community through their research, teaching, and service. Applicants are requested to include in their cover letter information about how they will further this goal. A Ph.D. in Anthropology at the time of initial appointment is required. The anticipated start date is August 2011. Apply online at Search for the position using department name (Anthropology) only. The position will remain open until filled, but priority will be given to applications submitted by November 1, 2010.

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