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Hiring Announcements Archives - Society for Visual Anthropology

Kate Hennessy


September 23, 2016

Ohio University, Tenure-track Position

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The Department of Sociology and Anthropology at Ohio University invites applications for a full-time, tenure-track Assistant Professor of Anthropology in cultural anthropology with specialization in visual and media anthropology. Geographical area is open. Ideal candidates will conduct research that is theoretically and ethnographically innovative and will be committed to excellence in undergraduate teaching. The successful candidate will be expected to teach upper-level courses in Ethnographic Methods and Anthropological Theory and their areas of expertise, as well as Introduction to Cultural Anthropology. The successful candidate will be expected to develop and strengthen program resources and opportunities relating to museum studies, including building connections with museum programs and institutions on campus and in the community. The position start date will be August 2017.

Housed in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology, the Anthropology Program ( consists of 7 full-time faculty and approximately 100 majors, and maintains a core focus on public engagement and outreach across the subfields. This focus provides opportunities for undergraduate students through community-based research and learning such as internships, field schools, independent research projects, and study abroad opportunities. Anthropology faculty teach 2 courses per semester. Ohio University ( is a Research Extensive institution that serves more than 20,000 students on a residential campus in Athens, Ohio, a college town seventy-five miles southeast of Columbus, Ohio.

To apply online, go to and submit a letter of application; curriculum vitae; research statement and one representative scholarly publication (attached as combined pdf file under “Research Interest”); statement of teaching philosophy; evidence of teaching effectiveness including recent teaching evaluations and two sample syllabi (attached as a combined pdf file under “Other” document type); and contact information for three professional references. Letters of recommendation will be requested after an initial screening of candidates to minimize inconvenience to applicants and referees.

Ph.D. in Anthropology is required by the start date. Review of application materials will begin on October 16, 2016 and the position will remain open until filled. For full consideration, please apply by October 31, 2016. Questions may be directed to Haley Duschinski, Search Committee Chair, at All positions require final university approval.

Ohio University is committed to creating a respectful and inclusive educational and workplace environment. Ohio University is an equal access/equal opportunity and affirmative action employer with a strong commitment to building and maintaining a diverse workforce. Women, persons of color, persons with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply. Ohio University is a member of the OH/Western PA/WV Higher Education Recruitment Consortium.

Kate Hennessy


August 14, 2016

Funded Fellowships, Filmmakers Without Borders

August 14, 2016 | By | No Comments

FILMMAKERS WITHOUT BORDERS is offering fully-funded Fellowships for visual anthropology work in Bhutan.

FILMMAKERS WITHOUT BORDERS is a 501c3 nonprofit organization that provides fully-funded overseas fellowships to filmmakers/art educators to teach filmmaking, media literacy, and technology to underserved students in Africa, Asia, & Latin America.

– Live and teach in Thimphu, Bhutan for 10-12 months
– Teach filmmaking, media literacy, & 21st century technology skills to students for ~25 hours/week
– Shoot/edit x10+ video vignettes
– Shoot/edit x2 short film projects

– Flights provided
– Housing provided
– Food provided
– Equipment provided

– Other Fellowships: Bangladesh, Cambodia, Honduras, India, Morocco, Navajo Nation, Nepal, Tanzania, Thailand

Apply at by September 15th.


Kate Hennessy


July 22, 2016

Call for Projectionists, SVA Film Festival, 2016

July 22, 2016 | By | No Comments

Dear colleagues,

We are looking for three graduate students, undergraduates, or filmmakers to work as projectionists at the 2016 Society for Visual Anthropology’s Film and Media Festival as part of the upcoming AAA meetings in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The position involves about 10 hours of work projecting an amazing line-up of films. We need people who are technologically savvy and highly responsible. This is a paid position and, in addition, the projectionists will get a AAA registration waiver.

If interested, send a note of interest and a CV to Kathryn Ramey at<>

Best regards,
Kathryn Ramey and Ulla D. Berg
Co-Directors, 2016 SVA Film and Media Festival

Kate Hennessy


April 17, 2016

Visual Anthropology Review seeks Book Review Editors

April 17, 2016 | By | No Comments

Visual Anthropology Review, the premier journal in visual anthropology, is looking for two individuals to head the US and European book review sections of VAR. The book review editors solicit and select suitable books, recruit reviewers, edit the reviews, preparing 2-3 reviews for each issue of VAR, and submit them to the journal co-editors for publication. While working with the journal’s editorial team, the book review editors have a great deal of freedom to shape the reviews section as they see fit. This is an ideal position for someone who wants to become more involved in academic publishing, make contacts across the visual anthropology community, and keep abreast of cutting edge scholarship in visual anthropology. We seek one editor based in the US and one based elsewhere to deal with presses in their regions.

Interested parties should send a cv and a brief description (300 words) of the experience and innovations they would hope to bring to the VAR book reviews section by May 1st to the present editors: Ruth E. Toulson ( and Kathryn Lichti-Harriman (

Kate Hennessy


August 13, 2015

Call for Society for Visual Anthropology Film and Media Festival Co-Directors

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The Society for Visual Anthropology (SVA) invites applications for Co- Directors for the annual SVA Film and Media Festival (SVAF&MF). This is a 3- year position that will begin after the end of the 2015 meetings (December 2015) and continues until the end of the 2018 Meetings (with the option of serving a reduced 2-year term through 2017). Ideally, the terms will be coordinated so that there will be some overlap between terms by current and new co-editors.

About SVAF&MF:

The Society for Visual Anthropology’s Film & Media Festival is the premier venue for screening ethnographic film and media showcasing works by students, professional anthropologists, and documentary filmmakers from around the world. Each year the festival is held during the

American Anthropological Association’s (AAA) annual conference.

SVAF&MF is a three and half day event that begins on Wednesday afternoon and concludes on Saturday evening of the AAA meetings. SVAF&MF co- directors work with the SVA board and jury, comprised of anthropologists and filmmakers to make programing decisions and select films to be included in the festival each year on the basis of ethnographic relevance, production quality and contribution to the field of anthropology.

Qualifications of SVAF&MF co-directors include:

  1. A proven background in fields related to Visual Anthropology and Ethnographic Film.
  2. Proven organizational skills, especially in managing events and coordinating presentations and Q&A sessions (i.e. workshops, conferences, and/or visual exhibitions).
  3. Familiarity with the technologies associated with online screening and assessment as well as film festival exhibition (Vimeo, Youtube, Dropbox, Google Doc, Handbreak, WithoutaBox and Film Freeway, (MOV.) QuickTime, iTunes).
  4. Familiarity with the canon of Ethnographic Film in the American tradition.

Responsibilities include:

  1. Contract with the film festival hosting site (WithoutABox or Film Freeway) to renew and update the festival account and submission listing (Jan).
  2. Work with the S V A board members to solicit submissions through annual calls for entries (Deadlines include – Early: Feb 15; Regular: March 15; Late: April 15).
  3. Organize pre-screening of films. Digitize DVDs and digital media that are submitted into an online format (currently Vimeo) suitable for prescreening and jurying. Create ranking database.
  4. Appoint the SVAF&MF Jury in consultation with the SVA board.
  5. Manage S V AF&MF Gmail mailbox
  6. Send pre-screening notes and assignments to SVAF&MF Jury.
  7. Coordinate the hosting of the jury meetings and works with SVAPresident and the SVAF&MF jury to coordinate the 3-day jurying of films (June).
  8. Determine prizewinners with jury; notify winner and assist withcoordination of travel plans with filmmakers attending the festival and award presentations with SVA Board.
  9. ScheduletheSVAFilm&MediaFestivalinconsultationwithSVAprogramming Committee for room availability/requirements andtechnology needs.

10.Create program (collate synopsis, press materials and film stills into one master document). Advertise for the film festival via email and social media. Work with SVA website manager to upload the program and trailers on the SVA website.

11.Manage the collection of final exhibition prints – digitize all prints into MOV. QuickTime Film. Procure a laptop and hard drives to store and screen film during the festival and organize the digital films according to the program.

12.Organize staffing (projectionist and program manager) for all three days of the film festival itself at the Annual Meetings of the AAA. Coordinate facilitators for the Q&A session with filmmakers in attendance.

13.Manage budget in consultation with SVA Treasurer, including costs for jurying, technical support, staff, travel awards, and advertising.

The SVAF&MF Co-Directors should commit to the following work effort:

  1. Two to three hours a week from January to early March for festival planning/preparation.
  2. Three to four hours a week from mid-March to April for festival related communications, database preparation.
  3. Five to six hours a week in April and May for pre-screening communications, data input, etc.
  4. Three weeks in June for jurying preparation and jurying hosting.
  5. Four to five hours a week from July to September for conference andfilm festival coordination and planning, communicating with filmmakers and AAA programming committee, and to prepare an annual report for the SVA Board.
  6. At least twelve hours a week in October and early November for festival coordination and planning.
  7. At least several days immediately before, during and after the AAA annual meeting for festival management. (Past co-directors found that at least half of every day at the annual meeting was used in festival related activities). Co-directors should expect to arrive at the AAA meetings one day early (Tuesday) and stay until Sunday; they are also expected to attend the SVA Board Meeting as well as the SVA Business Meeting and Awards Ceremony.


SVA Film and Media Festival Director is a voluntary position and does not receive direct compensation for time or effort. The SVA Board will reimburse expenses directly related to film festival upon approval. Jurying travel and meal expenses are covered by the SVA. Film Festival co-directors’ attendance at the AAA annual meeting is required and reimbursed (up to $1500 total to be shared between the two co-directors).

For further information or to submit application by September 30th 2015 (please include letter of interest, detailing qualifications and current CV) email SVA President-Elect Stephanie Takaragawa :



December 17, 2012

Berkeley hiring in Visual Anthropology

December 17, 2012 | By |

The Department of Anthropology at the University of California, Berkeley seeks to fill a tenure-track, junior position (Assistant Professor) in the area of the anthropology of media to begin July 1, 2013. Suitable applicants should be engaged in analytically rich and ethnographically-driven research on topics concerning the production, circulation, and uptake of media artifacts, aesthetic forms, and practices. Areas of specialization we are interested in span both “old” media (print, radio, TV, film) and “new” media (Internet, smart phones). Active participation in both undergraduate and PhD programs, teaching both introductory and upper division courses, as well as graduate seminars is expected.

Applicants should have the Ph.D. or equivalent at time of appointment and should send a CV, a succinct cover letter describing your research and teaching experience, and the names and full contact information of three people who would be able to provide letters of recommendation. All letters will be treated as confidential per University of California policy and California state law. Please refer potential referees, including when letters are provided via a third party (i.e. dossier service or career center), to the UC Berkeley statement of confidentiality:

Applications must be received by February 15, 2013 and all supplemental materials must be received no later than March 1, 2013. Review of applications will begin on February 18, 2013 and will continue until the position is filled.

Apply at:

The University of California is an Affirmative Action, Equal Opportunity Employer.



Kate Hennessy


October 19, 2011

Tenure-track Position, University of Victoria

October 19, 2011 | By |

Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Anthropology
Assistant Professor in Sociocultural Anthropology
Application Deadline: Nov. 15, 2011

The Department of Anthropology at the University of Victoria–a vibrant department with a new PhD program centred on integrative themes that cross-cut anthropology’s traditional sub-disciplinesinvites applications for a tenure-track appointment in the area of sociocultural anthropology. We seek an individual whose primary research and teaching interests will contribute strength toward our “Visual Anthropology & Materiality” program theme ( The successful applicant will benefit from the department’s dedicated visual research and teaching labs and may benefit in either research or teaching from access to the university’s visual collections and those of the neighbouring BC Archives and Royal BC Museum.

The appointment, effective July 1, 2012, will be made at the rank of assistant professor. We expect candidates to have a PhD in hand, though outstanding ABD candidates may be considered. The four course (1.5 unit each) annual teaching commitment comes with the expectation that the successful candidate will be actively engaged in research and graduate student mentoring. We seek a colleague who has: demonstrated proficiency in visual methods; demonstrated excellence in UG teaching and excellent potential for graduate teaching and mentoring; demonstrated evidence of strong scholarship in the form of publications, multimedia productions or exhibitions; an active or well formulated plans for a continuing research program and potential for involving students in research; and a demonstrated ability or strong potential to attract external research funding. We particularly welcome applications from candidates whose scholarship engages knowledge dissemination across communities and whose teaching demonstrates potential to engage undergraduate and graduate students in research. Geographical area of interest is open. We also encourage applicants to draw attention to how their scholarship and teaching might connect to one or more of our other integrative themes (Inequality, Culture, Health; Indigenous Peoples; Evolution & Ecology). Read More



March 1, 2011

Hiring: Assistant Professor of Cultural Anthropology

March 1, 2011 | By |

California State University Stanislaus
Assistant Professor of Cultural Anthropology
Deadline: March 4, 2011


The Department of Anthropology/Geography invites applications for a full-time, tenure-track appointment at the rank of Assistant Professor of Cultural Anthropology. This position is designed for a person who can enrich the Anthropology curriculum and contribute to the College of the Arts curriculum with expertise in digital media and the visual representation of culture. The successful candidate will have the relevant technical expertise in media production, an active research agenda that reflects the methodologies of visual anthropology, and a willingness to integrate students into their research. The successful candidate will demonstrate excellence in undergraduate teaching in Anthropology and teach in the following areas: Cultural Anthropology, Digital Media and Visual Anthropology, Peoples and Cultures of Asia, and Anthropology and Global Issues. Additional duties will include programmatic development in digital media and visual anthropology at both the undergraduate and graduate (MA) levels. Effective teaching, scholarly productivity and service to the University are required for retention, promotion, and tenure. This position is contingent upon the continuing availability of authorized funding.

Kate Hennessy


September 20, 2010

Tenure-track position, New Media Studies, U Washington Tacoma

September 20, 2010 | By |

University of Washington Tacoma, Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences
Assistant Professor, New Media Studies & Media Writing
Application Deadline: Nov. 1, 2010

The University of Washington Tacoma invites applications for a full time tenure-track Assistant Professor position in the Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences (IAS) Program with teaching and research interests in New Media Studies and Media Writing.  We seek applicants with teaching and research interests new media, digital media or web theory; visual literacy; convergence journalism; social aspects of the Internet; and policy and regulatory issues in new media.  Qualified candidates will have demonstrated expertise in teaching introductory courses in media writing and web design and will be required to teach both theory and skills courses.  The position begins September 16, 2011 and requires a Ph.D. or terminal degree in Communication, Journalism, Media Studies or a closely related field by the time of appointment.

To apply, please submit a) a letter delineating your interests and qualifications for teaching in an interdisciplinary program, b) a statement describing your research interests c) a statement of your teaching philosophy, d) a CV, e) an article length professional and academic writing sample, f) evidence of teaching effectiveness (including sample syllabi), and g) three letters of reference.  Submit all application materials through the website  Full consideration will be given to applications received by November 1, 2010.  For further information, please e-mail Bill Kunz at  This position is contingent upon funding.

The University of Washington is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer. The University is building a culturally diverse faculty and staff and strongly encourages applications from women, minorities, individuals with disabilities and covered veterans. All University of Washington Tacoma faculty engage in teaching, research and service in an interdisciplinary context.



July 25, 2010

Full-time position, College of the Atlantic

July 25, 2010 | By |

Cultural Anthropology

College of the Atlantic seeks a full-time faculty member in Cultural Anthropology to teach a wide range of classes in anthropology and who is also able to teach courses in social theory. The area of geographic specialization is open. Courses are especially needed in: ethnography; research design and methods; social theory; and race/class/gender. The faculty seek a colleague who will help undergraduates understand and learn from the diversity of human cultures, and who can collaborate with other faculty to enhance the College’s curriculum in Human Ecology. The successful candidate will have a track record of teaching excellence, ethnographic fieldwork experience and the ability to train students in ethnography and a wide range of other research methods. Preference will be given to broadly trained candidates that have an interdisciplinary background or intellectual interests that require an understanding of multiple fields of study. Ph.D. in Anthropology or related field required.

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