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Joint Tenure Track Appointment in Anthropology of Development

in the Department of Anthropology and the Institute for the Study of International Development


The Department of Anthropology and the Institute for the Study of International Development (ISID) at McGill University invite applications for a jointly appointed Tenure-Track Assistant Professor position in the Anthropology of Development, effective August 1, 2024. We seek candidates whose work is centrally concerned with the critical exploration of development, broadly defined. The successful candidate will bring ethnographic and anthropological insights to timely issues concerning development in ways that also speak to and illuminate foundational anthropological concerns. Theoretical and geographical areas are open. Areas of research may include (but are not limited to): race and racism; economic anthropology; political economy; structural inequalities; rural livelihoods; environment; indigenous studies; gender and sexuality. Competitive applicants must have outstanding records of teaching and research and demonstrate high potential for developing strong research programs supported by external funding. The successful candidate will be expected to teach an introductory course in the anthropology of development and core courses for the new MA program in development studies (hosted at ISID) and to develop courses at all levels in their areas of specialization. The successful candidate will play a key role in establishing the new MA program in International Development and exhibit a commitment to service in both units and at the university.

Applicants should have already completed the PhD or be very near completion. Appointment is expected to be at the rank of Assistant Professor, but appointment at a higher rank is possible under exceptional circumstances.

Applications are due November 15, 2024 and will be received via Workday, the University’s human resources management system, at the following link: https://mcgill.wd3.myworkdayjobs.com/McGill_Careers/job/Leacock-Building/Assistant-Professor_JR0000047063 Applicants will be required to upload a cover letter addressing their research interests, teaching experience, and, where relevant, service activities. Candidates should also submit their curriculum vitae, two writing samples, teaching statement, and the contact information of three referees. For further information, please consult the following websites: for the Department of Anthropology (http://www.mcgill.ca/anthropology) and for the Institute for the Study of International Development (http://www.mcgill.ca/isid/).

McGill University is centrally located in downtown Montreal, which is a culturally diverse, cosmopolitan and bilingual (French/English) city, with a high quality of cultural life and publically funded health care. McGill is an international and research-intensive University, with an exceptionally strong undergraduate and graduate student body, which enjoys collegial governance, extensive employee benefits (health, dental, life insurance and pension) and co-operative research and teaching ties with other Montreal universities.

McGill University is an English-language university where most teaching and research activities are conducted in the English language, thereby requiring English communication both verbally and in writing. Knowledge of French is an asset.

Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Enquiries may be directed to katherine.lemons [at] mcgill.ca (Chair, Department of Anthropology) or diana.allan [at] mcgill.ca (Associate Director, ISID).


McGill University is committed to equity and diversity within its community and values academic rigour and excellence. We welcome and encourage applications from racialized persons/visible minorities, women, Indigenous persons, persons with disabilities, ethnic minorities, and persons of minority sexual orientations and gender identities, as well as from all qualified candidates with the skills and knowledge to engage productively with diverse communities.

At McGill, research that reflects diverse intellectual traditions, methodologies, and modes of dissemination and translation is valued and encouraged. Candidates are invited to demonstrate their research impact both within and across academic disciplines and in other sectors, such as government, communities, or industry.

McGill further recognizes and fairly considers the impact of leaves (e.g., family care or health-related) that may contribute to career interruptions or slowdowns. Candidates are encouraged to signal any leave that affected productivity, or that may have had an effect on their career path. This information will be considered to ensure the equitable assessment of the candidate’s record.

McGill University hires on the basis of merit and is strongly committed to equity and diversity within its community. McGill implements an employment equity program and encourages members of designated groups to self-identify. Persons with disabilities who anticipate needing accommodations for any part of the application process may contact, in confidence, accessibilityrequest.hr [at] mcgill.ca ()

All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply; however, in accordance with Canadian immigration requirements, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.





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