Assistant/Associate Adjunct Faculty in Anthropology (LEAP 101) Introduction to Cultural and Social Anthropology

Saint Mary’s College of California

Moraga, CA

ID: 7224910 (Ref.No. 5077014)
Posted: March 5, 2024
Application Deadline: Open Until Filled

Job Description

Location: Remote
Open Date: Mar 04, 2024
Deadline: Mar 18, 2024 at 11:59 PM Eastern Time


Founded in 1863, Saint Mary's is a residential campus nestled 20 miles east of San Francisco in the picturesque Moraga Valley. Based in the Catholic, Lasallian and Liberal Arts traditions, Saint Mary's currently enrolls more than 4,000 students from diverse backgrounds in undergraduate and graduate programs. The De La Salle Christian Brothers, the largest teaching order of the Roman Catholic Church, guide the spiritual and academic character of the College.

As a comprehensive and independent institution, Saint Mary's offers undergraduate and graduate programs integrating liberal and professional education. Saint Mary's reputation for excellence, innovation and responsiveness in education stems from its vibrant heritage as a Catholic, Lasallian and Liberal Arts institution. An outstanding, committed faculty and staff that value shared inquiry, integrative learning and student interaction bring these traditions to life in the 21st century. The College is committed to the educational benefits of diversity.

The LEAP Program

The LEAP Program is a bachelor's degree program specifically designed for current and former professional dancers, with students in San Francisco, New York and an Online Cohort. This course will take place online.


The LEAP Program and the Department of Anthropology at Saint Mary's College seek to hire a per-course adjunct to teach Introduction to Social and Cultural Anthropology online for Summer 2024. We seek a broadly trained cultural anthropologist with experience in successfully teaching an introductory level course with a particular focus on bringing core anthropological concepts and perspectives to bear on contemporary issues and concerns. Instructors are required to use two predetermined text as mandated by the Department's curriculum but may supplement this with their own case-studies. For this online course, preference will be given to applicants with teaching experience with adult learners and online pedagogy for a hybrid format.

LEAP 101: Anthropology: Introduction to Social and Cultural Anthropology

Summer 2024
Mondays, 4:00 - 7:00 pm (online) June 3 - August 30, 2024
Course Description:
The course examines the nature of culture and the diversity of societies worldwide. It focuses on cultures in Asia, Oceania, Africa and the Americas, and introduces the beginning student to some of the main topics of anthropology including kinship, gender, the world system, fieldwork, magic and religion, race and ethnicity, social change and the political system of societies throughout the world. This course is designed to present, for discussion, the major theoretical underpinnings of cultural anthropology and how it relates to our human past, contemporary issues, and future concerns.

Learning Outcomes: understand the role of social and cultural anthropology in the holistic approach of the four fields of American anthropology; define culture, and articulate its historical relationship to the concepts of biology and social identity; demonstrate mastery of basic socio-cultural anthropology vocabulary words and the analytical ideas that underlie their usage; apply anthropological methods of inquiry to cultural data while engaging is cultural relativism; become familiar with a variety of theoretical perspectives that have been used in anthropology to illuminate micro-and-macro scale social and cultural processes over time and space.

Qualifications - Required

  • An advanced degree in an academic discipline is required (MA, MS, or other); Doctorate or other terminal degree preferred

  • Teaching experience with adult learners/non-traditional undergraduate student populations

  • Teaching experience with distance learning pedagogy including proficiency with synchronous and asynchronous classroom participation, assignments and student learning assessment

  • Experience with and commitment to student-centered teaching and discussion-style pedagogies

Qualifications - Preferred

  • Successful candidates must be able to engage and support students of color, women and people outside of the gender binary, returning students, and other underrepresented groups, and will be interested in participating in initiatives that aim to increase equity and inclusivity in the educational endeavor. Preference will be given to those applicants with experience and/or expertise relevant to fostering inclusive dialogue across differences of culture, race, ability, gender, and sexuality.

Candidates must reside in California

Salary: $7,447 - $10,308 depending on qualifications.

The salary range for this position is covered by the Collective Bargaining Agreement between the College and SEIU, Local 1021, available here.

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