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Assistant Professor of Urban Anthropology

Position Number: D96636

Job Title: Assistant Professor

Department: University Honors College
FTE: 1.0 benefits eligible
Job Type: Tenure Track
Posted Date: August 27, 2014
Start Date: September 2015

About Portland State and the Honors College

Portland State University (PSU), located on a 50-acre campus in downtown Portland, is a nationally acclaimed leader in sustainability and community-based learning. The University’s position in the heart of Oregon’s economic and cultural center enables PSU;students and faculty to apply scholarly theory to the real-world problems of business and community organizations.

Portland State offers more than 220 undergraduate, master’s, and doctoral degree options, as well as graduate certificates and continuing education programs. PSU is Oregon’s largest and most diverse university, with some 30,000 students who come from all 50 states and from nearly 100 nations around the world.

As one of the University’s two general education projects, Urban Honors—the University’s Honors College—provides the core general education for a student population of more than six hundred students.  It does so by framing interaction with the city as the heart of the learning experience, and focusing the further development of thinking and writing tools through the study of real-world problems.   

Our students’ research interests have led them to internships, seminars and research projects in Asia, Europe, Central and South America. They have studied Neolithic village sites in Turkey and undertaken the first sequencing of spider tRNA. The outcomes of those experiences have led to publication in The New England Journal of Medicine, The American Journal of Cardiology, as well as the pursuit of graduate and professional degrees throughout the United States and around the world.

Position Summary

The Urban Honors College invites applications for a 9-month tenure-track position of Assistant Professor of Urban Anthropology. This faculty member will ideally have demonstrated effectiveness as a classroom teacher and will participate in an interdisciplinary core curriculum focused around the history, urban policy, development, and the representation and cultural significance of cities. The successful candidate is expected to work collaboratively and across disciplines to pursue an active program of scholarly research, publication, and external grant funding. Candidates must possess a PhD degree and be committed to both research and teaching social science and general education writing intensive courses. This position might appeal particularly to people in urban or environmental anthropology, or a related field. This position is part of a project of re-envisioning an “urban honors college.” Faculty will be expected to collaborate with students, university colleagues and community partners to create engaging learning experiences throughout the metropolitan region and to help to build a sense of small college community for students in our residence hall. 

Responsibilities include:

  1. Teaching in the core curriculum of the University Honors College, including "urban society" and writing intensive seminars.
  2. Pursuit of an active scholarship program.
  3. Pursuit of external funding opportunities.
  4. Collaboration with scholars and professionals across campus to support the mission of the University Honors College.
  5. Mentoring of undergraduate students as researchers and future professionals.
  6. Helping to support the development of an on-campus Honors residence program.


  • PhD in hand by September 2015.
  • Successful completion of a background check.

Preferred Qualifications 

  • Postdoctoral experience (1-2 years).


The starting annual salary rate for this position is $56,430 with an excellent benefits package including fully paid healthcare; a generous retirement package; and reduced tuition rates for employee, spouse or dependant at any of the Oregon University System schools. 

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Applications accepted until finalists are identified.

Portland State University is an Affirmative Action, Equal Opportunity institution and welcomes applications from diverse candidates and candidates who support diversity.