The College of Liberal and Fine Arts at the University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) invites applications for the position of Director of Research for the Institute of Texan Cultures (ITC). The director will concurrently hold a tenured appointment at the rank of Associate or Full Professor in one of the following College of Liberal and Fine Arts departments: Anthropology, Art and Art History, Communication, English, History, Modern Languages and Literature, Music, Philosophy and Classics, or Political Science and Geography.
UTSA is a Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI) with a 53% Latinx student population and one of the fastest growing public universities in Texas. COLFA and its nine departments house multiple degree and certificate programs, including, but not limited to American Studies, Art and Art History, Heritage Studies, Media Studies, Museum Education, Museum Studies, Music, Race, Ethnic, and Cultural Studies, or Women’s Studies.
The most competitive candidates will have administrative experience and demonstrate a vision for leading a thriving multidisciplinary department at a Hispanic-Serving Institution on the path to becoming a Tier 1 research institution. The successful candidate must have the ability to work with and be sensitive to the educational needs of a diverse urban population and be committed to assisting the University’s commitment to thrive as a Hispanic Serving Institution. Candidates are also expected to have a distinguished record of scholarship and teaching excellence at both the undergraduate and graduate levels and exhibit a strong commitment to interdisciplinarity.
The Director for Research and Associate or Full Professor typically carries a 1:1 teaching load in the department of appointment and works closely with the Institute of Texan Cultures (ITC) leadership to develop and oversee programs that inspire archival research on the people and cultures of Texas and its borders that result in the discovery and delivery of new knowledge that can be translated and disseminated through publications, museum exhibits, (new) media, and public programs. The Director actively identifies research opportunities and specific projects and brings together research teams comprising museum staff, UTSA faculty, students, and external partners. The Director will actively participate in the development and execution of the ITC’s new strategic plan. They collaborate with ITC/Libraries leadership and other staff responsive for public engagement, special events, operations, and advancement to support the ITC mission and research for the UTSA community. They liaise between ITC and UTSA academic colleges and departments to execute plans that foster and maintain regular research collaboration. They lead efforts to secure external grant, foundation, or other funding for research, training, and related priorities. Through these activities, they ensure that ITC programming is enlivened through cutting-edge scholarship and technologies, and contribute to the inclusive representation of the state and its borderlands’ deep and diverse legacy. The position has a two-course per academic year teaching responsibility in the department of appointment. As both director and faculty member, they directly contribute to UTSA’s strategic goals of student success, growth and innovative excellence, and national recognition as a public research university.
Competitive candidates will have a Ph.D. or terminal degree aligned to their field, publications, and demonstrated research achievements and capabilities commensurate with appointment level in the department of interest, as well as a demonstrable history and commitment to teaching, mentoring, and guiding undergraduate and graduate student research and experiential learning opportunities. The successful candidate must also demonstrate their ability to work with and be sensitive to the educational needs of diverse urban populations and support the University’s commitment to thrive as a Hispanic Serving Institution and a model for student success.
Competitive candidates will have a demonstrated record of using a multi- or transdisciplinary theoretical approach in their research to include, but not limited to American Studies, Art and Art History, Media Studies, Music, Public History, Race, Ethnic, and Cultural Studies, Women’s Studies, Creative Arts, or Heritage Studies. Competitive candidates will have engaged in significant archival, collections-based, and/or museum-focused research, as well as having a record of winning externally funded grants.
Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. Applicants must apply online at https://jobs.utsa.edu and submit the following required materials:
Letter of application;
3-5 page statement of research, teaching, and administrative philosophy, which includes discussion of the candidate’s evidence of excellence in the areas of diversity and inclusion in an academic environment;
20-25 page writing sample;
Names, addresses, telephone numbers, and email addresses of three references who are familiar with the applicant's scholarship and/or teaching and can be contacted to provide letters of recommendation.
Preliminary screening interviews will take place via Skype in February. Applicants who are selected for interviews must be able to show proof that they will be eligible and qualified to work in the United States by time of hire.
UTSA is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. Women, minorities, veterans, and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.
Tenure is contingent on Board of Regents’ approval.
Questions may be directed to: Dr. Seok Kang, Search Committee Chair and Professor of Communication, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
This institution does not offer benefits to domestic partners.
This institution offers benefits to spouses.
Internal Number: TT20190067P
About The University of Texas at San Antonio
Some of the most pressing issues of our time concern the complex relationships between people and the environment, and UTSA’s Department of Anthropology is committed to understanding them. From Texas to Africa to the Island Pacific, our program is generating essential knowledge about a changing planet. Our faculty members direct extensive research projects, and they publish regularly in top-ranking journals. Our graduate students have a proven record of securing prestigious grants for field research. Our recent Ph.D.s have attained prominent postdoctoral fellowships, tenure-track professorships, and applied positions outside the academy, and they have won national awards for their dissertations. We are part of an emerging research university with an ambitious vision focused on environmental issues, and we share its mission of producing knowledge that is intellectually innovative and practically relevant.
As a social and biological science, anthropology embraces a broad view of humanity according to the methods and topics of its four subfields: cultural anthropology (the study of people as social and cultural beings, whether in small-scale societies or complex global organization...s); linguistic anthropology (the study of language use and linguistic diversity in social life); archaeology (the study of social and cultural life through material remains, from a long-term historical perspective); and biological anthropology (the study of human and nonhuman primate evolution, the biology and diversity of living human populations, and the behavior and ecology of non-human primates). The UTSA Department of Anthropology offers a major and minor at the undergraduate level and MA and Ph.D. degrees at the graduate level. We support our graduate students with fellowships, scholarships, hourly appointments, and research and travel grants.
Our doctoral program couples a focus on environmental anthropology with a broad education across anthropology’s sub-fields. It provides advanced training in political and cultural ecology, environmental and landscape archaeology, science and technology studies, medical anthropology, primate behavior, evolution, ecology, and conservation, evolutionary medicine, human biology, and global health. Faculty research specialties include: archaeology of the Maya lowlands and Andean South America; archaeology of Texas, the American Southwest, and Northwest Mexico; primate behavioral ecology in Southeast Asia; primate conservation ecology and genetics in Africa and Madagascar; ethnoprimatology in the Caribbean, South Africa, and Asia; resource management practices and human-animal relations in the Island Pacific; environmental politics, resource extraction, water scarcity, and ecological contamination in North and South America; coastal political ecology and the making of environmental markets in Belize and the United States; the cultural anthropology of Texas and the Plains; ethnography and applied anthropology of Mexico and the United States; medical anthropology of the US-Mexico border region and the Circumpolar North; evolutionary physiology and ecological immunology; and conservation medicine/One Health issues.